E3 2020 Is Officially Canceled

After numerous reports yesterday regarding E3 2020 and its possible cancelation, the Entertainment Software Association has officially announced the cancelation of E3 2020. In a statement on the E3 Expo website, the ESA writes “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. 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.” All is not lost though. The ESA is “exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3Expo.com.” This marks another major blow to the events calendar as E3 follows a long list of canceled events such as GDC. Now the question is: how can the ESA change the event of E3 to a digital online experience? The press conferences should be easy to change to a digital-only format but what about the show floor? The meetings between different companies? Add in the fact that the ESA has also been in trouble in recent years for a lackluster E3 and the accidental release of the personal information of the gaming press. Many are theorizing that E3 is on its last legs and this recent cancellation does not help matters. What do you guys think about the recent cancellation of E3? Is this the final nail to the coffin for E3 and the ESA? Comment below and let me know.

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