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E3 2020 was officially cancelled this week, and in the aftermath several developers have spoken out about what to expect from them moving forward. Nintendo is one of said companies, who was in full support of the ESA’s decision to cancel the event, while also mentioning its plans moving toward. 

Per a Nintendo spokesman, Nintendo acknowledges COVID-19 has created a “challenging time,” while also expressing “concern and support” for affected parties. The company will be “flexible” on how it proceeds, and promises to “share more [details] as the year continues.”

All that said, Nintendo hasn’t released any information about how, or if, it plans to share any Directs or Treehouse streams in lieu of E3’s cancellation. Either way, we don’t expect Nintendo to be the first company to focus more on digital events moving forward. 

Nintendo’s full statement can be found below: 

“Nintendo supports the ESA’s decision to cancel this year’s E3 to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our industry–our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during this challenging time.

“We”ll continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, large industry events may be untenable for the foreseeable future. But we are considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues.”


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A father, photographer, and husband, Caleb still finds time to create content about his favorite company Nintendo. You can still catch him riding a Tauros to hatch Shiny Pokémon eggs.