E3 is cancelled, everybody go home

The Entertainment Software Association has confirmed that, subsequent to “consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everything in our industry” and the WHO’s decision this week to declare the COVID-19 coronavirus a global pandemic, E3 2020 is a no-show.

E3 is now one of multiple other events deleted from industry calendars for the same reasons, including GDC, Google’s I/O tech expo, and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, Grand Prix races in Bahrain and Tokyo, and – kind of ironically – a “Doing Business Under Coronavirus” conference in New York.

Citing its “difficult decision” to cancel E3, the ESA explains that “we felt this was the best way to proceed”, given the “unprecedented” circumstances.

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.

Since December 2019 when COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, some 126,000 cases of the virus have been reported in over 100 countries, and 4,600 people have died. Wash your hands, guys.

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