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E3 2020 canceled due to coronavirus concerns

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E3 (Image credit: ESA)

What you need to know

  • E3 has taken place annually since 1995.
  • Several major events, such as GDC 2020, have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.
  • Today, the ESA confirmed that E3 2020 has been canceled.

After rumors that spread over the last couple of days that E3 2020 was going to be canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we've got confirmation from the ESA: E3 2020 is being canceled.

"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," the ESA said.

"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."

Many publishers will likely be holding digital events to replace the conferences that would've taken place right before E3. Phil Spencer has already confirmed this will be the case for Xbox, with details on a digital event coming in the next few weeks. Ubisoft has also confirmed it is looking into a digital event.

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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

10 Comments
  • So many people overreacting about this.
  • Also so many people just downplaying this.
  • Agreed on both counts.
  • Also, so many people losing their retirement options because of this.
  • Yup. The media is blowing this way out of proportion. How many people die from the flu every year? Should we be cancelling events every season because of the flu?
  • The flu kills more people everyday than the entire confirmed cases of corona in the US.
  • Surprised they cancelled it this early, over three months away. Exhibitors may have been pulling out though.
  • Disappointed it isn't on, but I wasn't gonna attend. I watch the presentation either live, or, if I'm working, as soon as I get in on a YouTube catch up. So, won't massively affect me. Hope MS blow the wheels off it with a huge live stream event.
  • I agree, though I wish it were not true. Great spectacle.
  • E3, or the virus?