E3 2020, the major games industry conference, has been cancelled over Coronavirus concerns. The cancellation is the latest in a string of disruptions to conferences that are important touchstones for the VR industry. The organization that produces E3, the Entertainment Software Association, says it’s exploring options for an “online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”
A message posted to the official E3 website today announced the cancellation of the long-running games industry event which has been held annually in Los Angeles.
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.
The Coronavirus, a novel respiratory virus, began in China with the first reported case on December 31st, 2019; health organizations have since designated the strain as ‘COVID-19’ for specificity. The virus has seen more than 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,200 deaths, according to the latest information from the World Health Organization. COVID-19 has now spread to 114 countries and territories, with China, Italy, Iran, and Korea seeing the greatest number of cases so far.
E3 has long been among a handful of key conferences for the VR industry. Big players like Oculus, Sony, and HTC have used the event to showcase their latest VR hardware and content. The cancellation of E3 2020 is the latest in a string of impacts that Coronavirus has had on the VR industry.
Concerns over the virus have also led to the cancellation of other key VR industry events like Mobile World Congress (MWC), Game Developers Conference (GDC), and Facebook F8. Oculus, Valve, and Nreal have all confirmed that supply of their headsets have been impacted by the virus as well.