E3 2020 officially canceled due to COVID-19 (update)

of Karsten Scholz
Update: And there it is, the official cancellation of E3 2020. Original: For the first time since 1995 there could be no E3. At least several US media reports that there will be an official cancellation for the gaming fair in the course of the afternoon. This would put E3 in a fairly long list of events that were canceled due to the coronavirus COVID-19.

Update from 4:55 p.m .:
And there it is already, that official cancellation of E3 2020. According to the text, those responsible want to look for a way to offer an online event for June 2020, which will give the industry the opportunity to bring their announcements to the player. As soon as there is an update, we will of course keep you up to date.

Original message:
Only yesterday we speculated whether this year after the GDC, the Didacta in Stuttgart, the EVE Fanfest and various other gaming events BlizzCon falls victim to the coronavirus COVID-19 becomes. There is no answer yet. But various US media are now reporting (via Games economy) that the E3 2020 should be canceled later in the day.

According to various sources, organizers of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will announce this message this afternoon. It would be the first time since 1995 that the E3 does not take place. Actually, the world's most important gaming fair (next to the Tokyo Game Show and Gamescom) should take place from June 9th to 11th in the LA Convention Center. However, an emergency was declared for the city of Los Angeles (as well as for San Francisco and the state of California) in order to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

According to Kotaku editor Jason Schreier, the cancellation of the E3 could have long-term effects this year. Former major movers and shakers of the trade fair like Sony have been baking their own rolls away from the fair for quite some time. If there is no E3 in 2020, other publishers and developers could also notice that they can reach their targeted target groups even better thanks to their own streaming events. The everywhere networked Schreier also confirms that the cancellation of the E3 is only a matter of time. Even if there is no official cancellation from ESA today, more and more publishers and developers will cancel.

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