It’s Official: E3 2020 is Canceled Over Covid-19 Concerns

The Entertainment Software Association made a statement Wednesday morning that E3 2020 is canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

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“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 statement said. “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.”

The ESA said that they are exploring ideas to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June.

Following the news the annual Game Developers Conference was canceled over the same concerns at the end of February, the ESA said they were looking into concerns about COVID-19.

The organization also said that exhibitors and attendees will receive information regarding full refunds soon.

“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 ESA said.