E3 Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

E3 Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns


COVID-19 has been named a global pandemic by the World Health Organization as it has resulted in around 120,000 positively-tested infections and 4,000 people killed from the virus as of the date of publishing. Due to how contagious it is and the lack of a cure, COVID-19 has disrupted lives, economies and more. We have published several conferences canceled because of the virus and it now looks like E3 will follow suit.

E3 is the premier gaming conference in the US usually held during early to mid-June. Although its importance within the gaming news scene has diminished in years with Sony dropping out and Nintendo moving to a Direct format, E3 still holds provides a place where several large game publishers announce and showcase upcoming releases.

In a statement by the ESA (E3’s organizer), E3 2020 will be canceled due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. Although the event is canceled for this year, ESA does note that they are planning to host the conference in 2021, assuming COVID-19 is contained by that point.

In light of the cancellation, CNET has reported that both Microsoft and Ubisoft will look for alternative ways of releasing their information. In a tweet from Ubisoft, the company stated that they are “exploring other options for a digital experience that will allow [them] to share all the exciting news [they] have planned.”


In a tweet by Phil Spencer, he noted that Xbox, too, will look for digital ways to present their information. This is the same approach Microsoft and Xbox are having to GDC cancellation.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the CDC website.

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