E3 2020 Cancels Due To Concerns Of COVID-19 VIRUS


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E3 has been the most popular gaming event since 1995. With E3 canceling their biggest event for the first time in history, this brings shocking news and changes to the gaming industry. This event brought huge promotion for every game company to show off their new and upcoming titles to the gaming world.

Due to growing concerns of the coronavirus, the Entertainment Software Association released in a 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. 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. Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds. We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3expo.com. 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."

Because of these big changes to E3 event this year, this sure raises an amount of disappointment from fans, and most certainly a lot of questions. How do game companies plan to announce their new releases for 2020? 

Sony had already planned to back out the the 2020 event back in January stating to gamesindustry.biz, "After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020," said a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson." This had marked the second year in a row that Sony didn't attend E3 to showcase their biggest releases. 

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A PlayStation spokesperson continued to state, "We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans."

E3's response to Sony left an announcement saying, “E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”

According to GameSpot's post, E3 had originally announced their full list of confirmed exhibitors and participating companies, which included top companies Activision, Amazon Game Studios, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Epic Games, Gameloft, Nintendo, Rebellion, Sega, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Games, Square Enix, Nvidia, Xbox, and many others.

Many gamers where expecting to see were the titles Destiny 3, Beyond Good & evil 2, Starfield, New Assassins Creed, Battlefield 6, and even the hope of a glimpse from Bethesda's Elders Scrolls 6. Two new gaming consoles are also planed to release in 2020 with the announcement of The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

We still have yet to hear how these companies plan on announcing their releases, or if they plan on joining E3's showcase in 2021. 

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