E3 2020 Could Still Happen As An "Online Experience"

The ESA says it is exploring a possible online alternative to this year's gaming showcase, which has been officially canceled due to the COVID-19 virus.

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E3 2020 has officially been canceled. The ESA, the company that organizes the annual gaming showcase, has confirmed it has decided to cancel this year's show over growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. While the expo proper will no longer be taking place, however, the ESA says it is looking into a possible online alternative.

In a statement, the ESA said it is "exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020." The organization didn't share any more details about this possible alternative, but it says further updates will be posted on the official E3 website.

Following the news of E3 2020's cancellation, Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft plans to hold an "Xbox digital event" in place of its annual E3 press conference. Ubisoft similarly announced that it is "exploring other options for a digital experience that will allow us to share all the exciting news we have planned."

E3 is only the latest gaming event to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. GDC 2020 was postponed, while SXSW, Emerald City Comic Con, and other events were also canceled over concerns about the virus.

E3 2020 was slated to take place from June 9-11, although this year's show would have been missing a number of key players. For the second year running, Sony decided not to attend the event. Geoff Keighley, who has hosted the fan-focused E3 Coliseum showcase since 2017, also backed out of the show for the first time in 25 years, and iam8bit recently announced it resigned from its position as E3 2020's creative directors.

Despite E3 2020's cancellation, the ESA still plans to hold the event next year. "We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry," the organization said. For more, check out our look back at E3's biggest moments.

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the digital events sound ok they should also try and have demos for the xbox/psn stores when they do a game reveal

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E3 Trailers in a sense give gamers something of a roadmap (that surely went off course this year with the relentless RELENTLESS delays). So to cancel the show entirely seems a bit short sighted really. Im certain devs have deadlines specific to e3 (this trailer has to be ready for our e3 presentation sorta thing). Seems like a waste really. Do a full e3 like Nintendo does their Nintendo Direct. It's still the best gaming expo of the year. That doesn't change just cuz of a bunch of playstation cultists. Seriously, celebrate games not the people making the consoles that run them. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all make good games for different people. It is E3 where that is celebrated most I think. So don't hope for its failure. Hope for its success in the face of a worldwide health crisis.

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Not sure why so many people on here want E3 to die? Do people enjoy other people not having nice things? If you don't like it, don't watch it. But don't hope for it to die so that those that do watch it can't. Probably the same people who wish year after year that Xbox will fail. Again, why? Why would you wish such a thing? Do you also wish Pepsi would disappear or that Ford stops making trucks or that Old Town stops making canoes? I just don't get it.

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@bdrtfm: Apparently something about E3's mechanisms encouraged publishers to share fake trailers and news. Something to do with how the ESA makes money off the show. Supposedly this was a long time coming and publishers are just taking advantage.

Mind you this is just speculation from some video I saw, but I can see how the ESA's practices around the conference would push publishers to falsely advertise.

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@bdrtfm: agreed 100%. People are just dumb tbh

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seems so then.

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It feels like online mini-shows are cropping up more and more, and why not. Everything else is going digital.

From the average gamers viewpoint, we weren't going to go anyway, just watch it from home.

Maybe put some of that money saved into development...

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@gargungulunk: But, you need commercialization though. And, E3 gives a whole ton of that. There are so many games that I would have never notice unless I saw it at E3, PAX, TGS, Sony game show, Comic-Con, or Nintendo direct.

Heck, the lack of big stage reveals for games is the reason why 90% of indie games fall far under or fly far above everyone's radar.

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It kind of has no other option.

Wonder if this will be the catalyst that eventually makes all the developers out there (much like Sony.) decide to forgo E3 all together in the future. Heck, for all we know from this year onward E3 might switch to an online only format.

-HOPE NOT... NINJA APPROVED-

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