Rumours were circling last night that the 2020 E3 trade show was to be cancelled, with Devolver Digital announcing on Twitter “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.” But, earlier today, the Entertainment Software Association officially confirmed the event will not take place.
The ESA has cited the potential threat of the coronavirus outbreak as the reason for the cancellation, and its official statement read:
“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 news follows the cancellation of the Game Developers Conference in late February, which was scheduled to take place on the 16th March and run until the 20th March.
E3 remains the largest trade show in the industry and the cancellation of the event, while expected, will still upset many. E3 is still the place for many of the biggest announcements, but in recent years its relevance has diminished. Sony skipped the even last year, and had already announced it was to do so again this year, and Nintendo stopped presenting its big conferences years ago, instead relying on its Nintendo Direct broadcasts to announce its games and services.
The ESA already has plans for E3 2021, but with its diminishing reputation we at The Video Game Age expect the event will not be around for many more years.
Source: E3 Expo