E3 2020 Still Going Ahead As Planned Amidst Coronavirus Concerns
E3 is still planned for June 2020.
E3 2020 is scheduled to happen from June 9 through June 11, but as numerous worldwide events are cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) outbreak, it would be reasonable to question whether organizers were wavering. In the wake of GDC being postponed, E3's organizers have stated that they still plan on having the event in June. [Update: Reports suggested as much, and now it's official: E3 2020 has been canceled.]
The news comes from Vice's Patrick Klepek, who received a statement from the ESA and shared it via Twitter. The statement confirms that the company is "watching the situation very closely", and makes it clear that things could change, but for now, it is "moving ahead full speed with E3 2020 planning."
Here’s what the organizers of E3 told me about the GDC cancellation, and whether it will impact E3. No changes right now. pic.twitter.com/etwWpIivkb— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) February 29, 2020
Exhibits and ticket sales have continued unabated, and it's not possible to know whether the outbreak will be contained--or what state things will be in--by June.
E3 2020 is already shaping up to be tumultuous, with PlayStation deciding not to attend for the second year in a row. They won't be the only ones skipping, as Geoff Keighley will also miss E3 for the first time in 25 years. Since 2017, Keighley has hosted the E3 Coliseum, a fan-focused showcase that delved into the making of the biggest games on show.
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