Another bites the dust. The popular gaming expo, E3, has canceled this year’s convention because of the fear surrounding the Coronavirus. In just a matter of days, big conventions/shows such as SXSW, Stagecoach, Coachella, Cinemacon, etc, have postponed or canceled due to the growing pandemic.
E3 is the biggest video game convention and the place where gaming companies show off what’s next in gaming. However, on Wednesday, it was announced that this year the convention would have to be M.I.A.
“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry…we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020,” the Entertainment Software Association said in a press release. “Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation.”
The association said it would reach out to attendees about full refunds for the show, which was scheduled for June, and it will work on providing an online method to share industry announcements.
E3, which stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, has been held in Los Angeles since 1995, after gaming companies wanted their own space outside of the tech industry’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).