E3 2020 is canceled, coronavirus to blame

After rumors began swirling last night, the inevitable has come to fruition. For the first time in more than two decades, E3 2020 is canceled. The largest video game conference of the year was scheduled to happen June 9-11 in Los Angeles, but thanks to the spreading of the coronavirus, E3 organizers have decided to cancel this year’s event.

“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry—our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners—we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles,” the Entertainment Software Association said in a statement.

“Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”

The statement also said organizers will be reaching out to exhibitors and attendees about issuing refunds, as well as coordinating with video game companies to organize some sort of online experience to share their latest video game announcements.

“We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry,” the statement said.

E3 2020 is just the latest event that’s been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus including the Game Developer’s Conference, Coachella, and SXSW.