One after the other, all the big conferences in the world of video games seem to be defeated by the New Coronavirus. Until now, however, the largest and most important of all, E3, has stoically resisted. Increasingly persistent rumors now speak of a white flag raised by ESA. In 2020 there will be no E3.
The first most insistent rumors had started circulating on Tuesday 10 March, in the night, when Devolver Digital he had tweeted inviting his followers to cancel airline and hotel reservations for E3 2020.
Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y'all.
- Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) March 11th 2020
Certainly not the most reliable source. But in the following hours also the site Ars Technique raised the news of a cancellation of the world's largest gaming entertainment show, citing sources close to ESA, the organizing company.
If the news were confirmed, it would end a cursed 2020 for E3. defections important both from the exhibitors and from the organizers had brought the fair to its knees. Coronavirus would therefore only be the coup de grace. We await official announcements, hoping for a denial.
Update of the 11 / 03 / 2020 to the 16: 50
The official announcement has arrived. ESA has stated that E3 2020 will not be held. Here is the complete translated statement, as reported by Kotaku
"After consulting with our partners about the health and safety of everyone involved in our sector - E3 fans, employees, exhibitors and longtime collaborators - we made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, which was to take place in Los Angeles between 9 and 11 June 2020. "