With the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the largest video game fair in the world due to the corona virus has now been canceled. For the first time since 1996, the E3 has not taken place – and this in a year in which a new console generation was to be presented.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has not yet officially announced the cancellation, but several reliable sources have confirmed this step towards Ars Technica. The publisher Devolver Digital already seems to have received similar information, because the company says in a tweet that you should cancel your flights and hotels to E3. The official announcement was apparently scheduled for March 10, but has not yet been released for unknown reasons.
After the Mobile World Congress, Google I / O 2020 and various smaller events, another gigantic trade fair will be canceled in order not to further promote the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As usual, the E3 should take place in early June. As with the MWC, you can assume that the usual press conferences will be replaced by live streams, so you should still get the latest information about the Xbox Series X at about the same time.
Despite its massive size, the E3 has lost some of its importance in recent years. Sony already let the fair go wild last year, and the company would not have been part of the E3 this year either. Electronic Arts has held its own event with EA Play since 2016, which usually runs at the same time as E3. Although Nintendo is an exhibitor at the exhibition center, instead of a press conference, the company has preferred to transmit previously recorded “Nintendo Direct” videos for several years.