And another big trade show bites the dust as the growing number of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases keeps increasing in the United States. This time it is the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, which is the largest gathering of video game publishers, developers, gamers, and associated artists. The event was supposed to be held June 9-11th in Los Angles.
The shows organizers ESA have released the following statement on their website…
“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.”
This will be the first time in its 25-year-long history that E3 will be cancelled. Other notable tech events that have been cancelled this year include the Game Developers Conference, GPU Technology conference, Google I/O, SXSW, and the F8 developers conference.