What just happened? If you’ve been thinking of going to E3 this year, here’s some bad news: The show has been canceled. Like many other cases, it is being blamed for Corona virus protection concerns for its deletion, though the publisher’s lackluster support may have played a significant role.
We predicted last week that the E3 could be canceled following the Los Angeles decision to declare an emergency due to the carnivorous outbreak. First saying that it was “moving at full speed”, the Administrator Entertainment Software Association (ESA) changed its stance to “daily monitoring and reviewing the situation.”
The first hint that E3 will not be out this June, came from publisher Devolver Digital’s tweet that read: “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels.” Since then, several sources have told Ars Technica that the ESA will cancel the program, while Bloomberg writes that the organizer will make it official with the announcement at 9.30am today in Los Angeles.
Although we don’t know if the event will be postponed or canceled for this year, ESA is reportedly considering an online E3 event over the summer.
The Corona virus has caused the cancellation of MWC, GDC, SXSW, Facebook’s F8 Conference, Music Festival Coachella, and many more. But E3 was already facing other issues, including missing another year of Sony, leaving partner Jeff Kelly, and iam8bit, a merchandise / events company, resigned from his creative director just five weeks later. Is giving
One of the companies hustling to adjust their plans after E3’s cancellation is Microsoft, which was preparing a big press conference to reveal more information about the Xbox Series X.