I previously wrote about ESA Being confident on hosting E3 this year. They said that “Everyone is watching the situation very closely. We will continue to be vigilant, as our first priority is the health, wellness and safety of all of our exhibitors and attendees. Given what we know at this time, we are moving ahead full speed with E3 2020 planning. Exhibit and registration sales are on track for an exciting show in June.”
Sadly Cancelled the first time in 20 years!
Despite moving ahead full speed, the biggest gaming event E3 is being canceled because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Los Angeles where E3 was set to start this year has declared a state of emergency because of Covid-19.
“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,” the ESA said in a statement to Gamespot. “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.”
ESA says that they are in contact with all attendees and organizations on providing 100% refunds, ” exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”
E3 full of drama this year
Apart from Coronavirus, E3 has been constantly criticized for their management this year. First, the creator and host of E3, Geoff Keighly openly announced that he won’t be attending this year’s show. Afterward, the company iam8bit, which is responsible for production also announced in January that they are in contact with ESA about withdrawing from service.
Coronavirus has delayed some amazing events, games, and tournaments this year. It is now spread all across the globe, and most of the countries have declared a state of emergency.