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Old 03-10-2020, 10:58 PM   #1
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Rumor: E3 2020 may be canceled due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns

It's probably 50% chance cancel now -- but maybe rather than canceling the event, it can go all online streaming, so you can watch it on Youtube 24 hours a day?


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Rumor: E3 2020 may be canceled due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns
One of the biggest gaming events of the year may be canceled as new consoles are on the horizon.

What you need to know
  • The coronavirus has caused venues all over the world to shut down.
  • GDC was just postponed at the end of February.
  • E3 looks like it may be following suit and may cancel its planned conference in June.

The Entertainment Software Association may be announcing E3 2020's cancellation tomorrow morning due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, if rumors are to be believed. This comes after multiple games industry events like GDC and SXSW were either postponed or canceled as well. If true, this would mark the first time in the show's history that it won't take place.

The floodgates opened up on Twitter Tuesday night after Devolver Digital tweeted that people should "cancel [their] E3 flights and hotels." This led others in the industry to confirm that sources speaking with them had indicated the event would indeed be canceled.

Though Sony had already announced it would not be attending E3 this year, much like how it skipped out last year, Microsoft had big plans to detail the Xbox Series X even further. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X expected to come out next holiday, all eyes were on any next-gen announcements. I'd wager that many companies will be looking to make their announcements over livestream now.

It will be interesting to see the fallout of E3's possible cancellation this year. Many have described the event as a sinking ship that was becoming irrelevant to publishers and consumers alike. Now that publishers may have the chance to see what they stand to lose (or gain) from not attending the show, it could possibly lead them to pull out next year. We'll need to wait and see what changes the event may or may not undergo as a result.


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Old 03-11-2020, 01:23 AM   #2
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If true, this is actually a blow for Microsoft. They were gonna be the stars of the show without sony being there and a new gen unveil.
This will definitly put a blow on their plans. They have less than 6 months to plan a new event.
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If true, this is actually a blow for Microsoft. They were gonna be the stars of the show without sony being there and a new gen unveil.
This will definitly put a blow on their plans. They have less than 6 months to plan a new event.
I wouldn't mind if they just did the show they planned and filmed it. Wouldn't be a different experience for people watching from home anyway.
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:54 PM   #4
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It is now official.

NEXT -- what about Tokyo Game Show 2020 in September?

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ESA: “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. 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.”

The ESA will be reaching out to exhibitors and attendees regarding “full refunds.” It is also “exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”

Despite this year’s cancellation, there are tentative plans to move forward with E3 2021 “as a reimagined event that brings fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.”
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:01 PM   #5
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Conventions in itself are useless for years.
They could put up special demos on streaming services that lets us play the same game they put on the floor that also will be taken down after the event is done and also, do it like Nintendo and just do directs. The amount of money all these companies could save by just doing it all on the net instead of having to waste money like they have been.
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