COVID-19 (aka the Coronavirus) has officially finished of E3 2020.
The ESA made it official on Wednesday, March 11, 2020:
“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry…we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020… 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.”ESA
Phil Spencer, Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, chimed in via Twitter. Spencer assures that even though there will be no conference, fans can expect future announcements via digital events.
Microsoft was one of only a few remaining large companies still planning to attend E3 2020.
Sony, Geoff Keighley, Valve, Activision Blizzard, already announced that they are not attending this year’s E3.
This may very well be the end of E3 for good. Given the high profile pull-outs, the conference no longer has the same influence it once did. Now, we will have a year without E3 due to COVID-19. If things turn out okay, this may very well prove that E3 is no longer needed.