With the ever-growing threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many have been questioning whether E3 would go ahead in 2020. Now, the event’s cancellation seems all-but-confirmed.
It started with a simple tweet from Devolver Digital which, given the studio’s track record, could have been perceived as a joke…
Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) March 11, 2020
But since it went out, numerous sources have echoed the sentiment, with Resetera moderator Dusk Golem stating that emails have been sent out to developers and publishers regarding the cancellation, with the official announcement expected tomorrow morning.
My day started with investigating some E3 stuff. Ended with multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) sources coming my way.
E3 cancelation announcement scheduled for tmw AM. I don’t think it will hold the night. Many of us have been engaged by sources this evening.
Cancel your plans.
— Mike Futter (@Futterish) March 11, 2020
Been hearing secondhand whispers tonight from several devs/pubs that E3 is cancelled, although I've also heard from a couple of people in positions to know that the ESA hasn't officially made a decision yet and is still consulting with pubs. Either way, it's only a matter of time https://t.co/Od0MDj3ZXv
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) March 11, 2020
If E3 skips this year, it means the event will miss its 25th anniversary, as 1995 marked the first ever show.
As for how such a cancellation could affect pre-recorded streams like Nintendo’s typical Direct showcase, we’ll have to wait and see.Leave a Comment