The annual gaming convention, E3 2020, has been cancelled likely because of COVID-19
E3 2020 has been cancelled
Ladies, gentlemen, and gamers of all ages, we bring you bad tidings. It seems that the year 2020, with all its curious happenings, has just claimed its latest, and probably its biggest convention victim.
That's right. E3 2020 will be a no-go.
According to Ars Technica (thanks, guys) and Kotaku, the announcement originates from multiple sources closely linked to E3's organiser, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Apparently, one of their sources notes that there was supposed to be an official announcement from the ESA themselves on the cancelling the three-day expo yesterday (March 10), but for one reason or the other, it didn't see the light of day.
As such, we're not sure what was the straw that broke the camel's back here. Was it due to health concerns over the novel coronavirus, the absence of "reliable" collaborators in recent years, or something else entirely? Perhaps it's a combination of all of those factors, but no one will really know for sure until the ESA pipes up.
2019 was still generally passable in terms of the number of collaborating developers and publishers, but 2020 was hit really hard by Sony's announcement that they were skipping this year's event. If you recall, the latter is taking a new approach to market the PlayStation 5, which consists of doing many small events and teasers, rather than delivering big chunks of content at large-scale conventions like E3. To make matters worse, the novel coronavirus gave (and is still giving) everyone quite the scare, with many countries and organisations have already suspended various activities and conventions.
In a nutshell, 2020 really isn't intent on playing ball with the ESA, for whatever reason. Still, they could always make an exception and go digital for this year's event, although there will certainly be a world of difference from having a regular convention like we're used to.