E3 2020 to be cancelled over growing concerns surrounding the spread of Coronavirus.
E3 2020 is the latest event to be cancelled due to the increased spread of coronavirus across the world. While the United States isn’t as affected by the virus, many event organizers don’t want to risk making the situation worse. Most recently, Emerald City Comic-Con and South by Southwest (SXSW) were both cancelled by Seattle and Austin respectively. But the organizers of E3 2020 seemingly have a scheduled announcement planned to confirm the event’s cancellation.
Although a statement over E3 2020 hasn’t been issued yet, a number of publications have discussed the rumored cancellation online, but it’s not yet clear whether the event will be postponed for a later date or just completely cancelled. Some suggested Many credible sources on Twitter explained that E3 2020 has an announcement planned for tomorrow regarding the coronavirus. Take a look below.
Been hearing secondhand whispers tonight from several devs/pubs that E3 is cancelled, although I've also heard from a couple of people in positions to know that the ESA hasn't officially made a decision yet and is still consulting with pubs. Either way, it's only a matter of time https://t.co/Od0MDj3ZXv
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) March 11, 2020
My day started with investigating some E3 stuff. Ended with multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) sources coming my way.
E3 cancelation announcement scheduled for tmw AM. I don’t think it will hold the night. Many of us have been engaged by sources this evening.
Cancel your plans.
— Mike Futter (@Futterish) March 11, 2020
Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) March 11, 2020
While Microsoft were looking to focus on the next generation of console gaming after PlayStation had pulled out of E3, it seems that companies will have to find new ways of revealing their plans for future console releases and titles away from the iconic event.
So far there are 157 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in California and three people have sadly died after catching the virus. There’s currently 1016 cases in the United States with 31 deaths in total. In addition to E3 2020’s potential cancellation, coronavirus fears have also halted the Prague production of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and No Time To Die will now release in November instead of April which could be a huge blow for Eon, MGM and Universal.
What do you all make of this news? Are you glad to hear that the organizers are taking the coronavirus seriously? Were you looking forward to E3 2020? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Stay tuned for the latest news on the impact of the coronavirus on fan events as it develops.