According to several reports from around the industry, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3 2020, has been canceled due to fears around COVID-19.
Update: The 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo has been officially cancelled, as reported by Gamespot. The event organizer ESA has released the following statement: "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,"
News started to pick up steam earlier on March 10 when Devolver Digital tweeted that people should “cancel E3 flights and hotels.” This was lent further credence when reports from Ars Technica as well as journalist Mike Futter claimed they had sources saying that the conference would be canceled.
The cancelation comes as the city of Los Angeles declared a state of emergency linked to the Coronavirus on March 4.
Reports state that an official announcement was due on the morning of March 10, but that the deadline slipped. It’s likely that an announcement will come on Wednesday.
Even before this announcement, several major developers and publishers had pulled out of the conference for reasons unrelated to COVID-19, including PlayStation. As late as last week, E3’s organizers Entertainment Software Association said that the conference was “full speed ahead,” despite growing concerns around Coronavirus.
E3 has followed several delays and cancelations of major gaming events, such as the Game Developer’s Conference, the Mobile World Congress, and many more esports events.
As of this writing, there have been nearly 120,000 cases of Coronavirus, with over 4,000 deaths. The United States has had about 1,000 cases thus far.