Just after the Entertainment Software Association(ESA) announced that plans for this year’s E3 will continue even with coronavirus concerns, the Mayor of Los Angeles has declared a state of emergency over concerns about the COVID-19 within the area. Shortly after the declaration, the ESA has double-downed on their E3 plans with a statement that reads “The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff is our top priority. While the ESA continues to plan for a safe and successful E3 show June 9-11, 2020- we are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily. Our E3 team and partners continue to monitor COVID-19 via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization(WHO). We are actively assessing the latest information and will continue to develop measures to further reduce health risks at the show.”
Right now the ESA needs a win after numerous complaints about the show’s quality and last year’s mishap of leaking private information about videogame journalists leading to numerous reports of doxxing these journalists. This is the most likely reason why they haven’t canceled the E3 show yet. With the recent announcement of a state of emergency, the likelihood of E3 being canceled this year has increased which might spell the end of E3 as we know it as more companies do their own events and live streams instead of paying to be part of E3. What do you guys think about the recent news of E3 2020? Surprised that E3 is still going or should it be canceled due to coronavirus? Comment below and let me know.