Will E3 2020 be cancelled by Coronavirus? ESA confident the show will go on
This week, the games industry is recovering from the news that the Games Developers Conference has been cancelled.
The organisers of GDC – who saw the likes Sony, EA, Kojima Productions and Microsoft pull out of the event – decided to cancel the key industry get-together and hopes to reschedule the event for the summer, at an as-yet-undisclosed date.
Punters and professionals have looked on cautiously after GDC's cancellation, and now worry that E3 2020 will be the next event up for the chop.
Patrick Klepek – senior reporter for VICE's gaming vertical, Waypoint – reached out to the E3 organisers for comment, and the ESA replied, telling Klepek that the show, as they say, will go on.
"Everyone is watching the situation very closely," the ESA said in a statement. "We will continue to be vigilant, as our first priority is the health, wellness, and safety of all of our exhibitors and attendees.
"Given what we know at this time, we are moving ahead full speed with E3 2020 planning.
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"Exhibit and registration sales are on track for an exciting show in June."
The ESA – who last year managed to publish an entire industry's worth of private email addresses and home addresses online – seems pretty gung-ho in how it's approaching the issue.
Just this morning, the head of the World Health Organisation's director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged everyone over the age of 60 to avoid crowded areas including trains, buses and public events to avoid catching coronavirus.
A lot of eyes are on E3 as gamers expect the first big reveals of the next-generation of gaming to be unveiled there, but if the worldwide caution around the virus continues, it may be a much smaller show than we were expecting.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more.
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