Entertainment Software Association, the group behind E3, says it will look into conducting an online showcase in place of E3 in June. The ESA says there will be an E3 2021, the biggest gaming event of the year, has been canceled due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus,according to a statement from the event organizers on Wednesday. The
“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 ESA said in a statement.
Microsoft and Ubisoft say they’ll find alternatives to their live press conferences held in the run-up to E3.
“Given this decision, this year we’ll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer tweeted Wednesday. “Details on timing and more in the coming weeks.”
After previously saying it would go ahead with E3, the ESA on March 4 said it was “monitoring and evaluating the situation daily” after Los Angeles County and then the state of California declared a state of emergency. E3, the show where the biggest gaming announcements of the year are made, has been scheduled to take place June 9 to 11 in Los Angeles. Last year, more than 66,000 people attended.
CNET reported that Microsoft already said it willabout its upcoming and streaming game service in a March 18 streaming event, after the Game Developers Conference was canceled over coronavirus concerns.