Today it was officially confirmed that the Electronic Entertainment Expo - more commonly known as E3 - will be cancelling its event plans for June 2020. The event was cancelled over health concerns of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has been affecting countries all over the world and has even put the entire country of Italy in lockdown.
The official E3 website posted the following statement:
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.
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.
Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds.
We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3Expo.com.
We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. 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.
E3 is one of the largest annual gaming expos which features exclusive game reveals and showcases from companies such as Microsoft, Square Enix, and Nintendo. As a result of the cancellation, 2020 will be the first year without an E3 since the event’s inception in 1995. How E3’s cancellation will affect the release of news from those companies has yet to be determined, though the spread of the COVID-19 virus has been interfering with work and company plans all across the globe.
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