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E3 2020 cancelled, official announcement soon

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E3 2020 is no more, if multiple reports are to be believed. After Devolver Digital posted a tweet saying “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all,” multiple games journalists jumped in to confirm that they were hearing the same. Our own sources also tell us that E3 2020 is indeed getting canceled, and we’re expecting an official announcement from the ESA within the next 24 hours.

 

From Another Source:

 

Multiple sources familiar with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA)'s plans have confirmed to Ars Technica that the organization, which is responsible for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), will soon cancel the three-day expo. Like in prior years, E3 2020 was scheduled to play out in early June as a three-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Shortly after we received the tip, indie game publisher Devolver Digital posted a brief, ominous message on Twitter: "Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y'all." The ESA had not made any announcements about E3 2020 at that time.

 

One source who spoke to Ars on background said they'd heard the news of E3 2020's cancellation "directly from ESA members" and that an official, public statement on the matter "was supposed to be today [Tuesday, March 10] and slipped."

 

Representatives for the ESA did not immediately respond to Ars Technica's questions about the state of E3 going forward or whether the event's seismic shift may instead mean a delay, a move to a completely different venue, or a wholly virtualized, live-streamed event.

 

Exactly why the event will be canceled is not clear at this time. Late last month, the ESA addressed concerns about the spread of coronavirus and its impact on major 2020 expos around the world by insisting that it "continue[d] to plan for a safe and successful E3" while otherwise "monitoring and evaluating" its potential impact on events held in Los Angeles.

 

Following that announcement, E3's contracted creative directors, the merchandise and events company iam8bit, resigned from its post after five weeks on the job. That news followed a February announcement that longtime E3 collaborator Geoff Keighley would not be participating in this year's expo.

 

Sources

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/03/10/report-e3-2020-canceled/

 

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/03/e3-2020-has-been-canceled/

 

So no console wars, no announcements (except maybe via live-stream from devs' home/main office maybe). Corona Virus has wiped out everything for this year

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1 hour ago, Mysteryman said:

Pretty much expected due to increasing cases in the US and Europe. More Americans got infected from another conference. 

 

Hope the game developers and publishers use the direct option. 
 

Also there is a good possibility the consoles will get delayed to early 2021. 

I think that is pretty much gauranteed, given the situation in China.

Else, we can expect severe shortages worldwide, with scalpers having a heyday.

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Personally, I fully support the decision to cancel E3. Video Games are not worth risking life and health over. Hope they do a Nintendo Direct style announcement, but can understand if they skip even that. Also, definitely feel all consoles will be delayed. Doubt China will be able to manufacture so much this year, and preference of the CCP will be more towards manufacturing health related products.

 

Let's see whether the virus will be controlled by the time Gamescon/TGS rolls around.

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