Organiser the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said on Wednesday that E3 2020 would no longer go ahead due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), forcing many games businesses to alter their promotional activities.
“The week of E3 has always been a big part of what we do and are genuinely bummed about the cancelation of the event itself,” Devolver Digital tweeted.
“Lots to juggle but right now we plan on having a livestream Devolver Direct / press conference and possibly more.”
Limited Run Games also tweeted: “#E3Cancelled, but the show must go on!
“Join us for #LRG3, our third totally-live, totally-bitchin press conference for the biggest announcements in the future of physical video games: June 8th at 3pm ET on http://twitch.tv/limitedrungames.”
Announcing E3 2020’s cancellation, the ESA said it’s exploring options “to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news” in June 2020.
Nintendo has said it’s considering various ways to engage with its fans in 2020 following E3’s cancellation. “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.”
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, which was labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday, has led to the cancellation of several major video game events planned for the first half of 2020 including the Game Developers Conference, SXSW and BitSummit.