E3 Cancelled Over Coronavirus Concerns
The list of events cancelled due to the danger and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus just seems to keep growing—and we’re only reporting about the ones in our industry. Next on the list is the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the video game industry’s premier trade event held annually in June.
A message posted to the e3expo.com website this morning reads:
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.
What’s interesting about this cancellation, is that is comes months ahead of its scheduled dates. Nearly every other trade show in the CE space (SXSW, Inspired Home Show, Mobile World Congress) has waited until just a few weeks prior to their events to make a final decision . Some groups, like Azione and Architectural Digest, have even rescheduled their shows to June in hopes that the coronavirus would be long behind us by then. But with all of the money that goes into these events, it’s probably wise that the ESA got ahead of it before people started booking flights, hotels, and making other arrangements.
But as expected, many fans and potential attendees were disappointed about the news. After all we we’re expecting to the new Xbox Series X to be unveiled! Though it might have a bit of a different impact now, Phil Spencer assured everyone that the reveal would still continue as planned, it’ll just be done digitally now.
E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. 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. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks https://t.co/xckMKBPf9h
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 11, 2020
And while we’re on the topic of the coronavirus, there have also been rumors that the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 could face manufacturing and shipping delays if the outbreak continues.
As if things couldn’t get any worse….