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Coronavirus: E3 2020 has officially been canceled

Coronavirus: E3 2020 has officially been canceled

Following the cancellation of GDC and several other gaming events due to the coronavirus outbreak, E3 was under pressure to clarify its position. Following rumours all day, an official announcement confirming these rumours has been released by the Electronic Software Association.

Coronavirus: E3 2020 has officially been canceled

There have been countless cancellations and postponements of gaming competitions, all due to the coronavirus. Concerning the "non-esporting" events, there was still a big question: would E3 succumb as well? The answer is yes. Before the official announcement, some very knowledgeable sources claimed that this announcement was expected to take place today.

ESA — the trade association responsible in charge of the event — also reacted: "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."

As reported by most media, this cancellation shouldn't fundamentally change the situation — except for the terrain and duplex aspect. Some publishers have already started to present their new products through conferences in digital format, which was a success. When it comes to the survival of the show for years to come, that's another story...

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