Gamers and new tech lovers around the world are disappointed to discover the world’s biggest annual gaming event, E3, has cancelled this year’s event due to fears about the Coronavirus pandemic.
The event, which was scheduled to take place on June 9th-11th in Los Angeles, has been very heavily anticipated due to growing speculation about the features on the upcoming releases of the newest generation of home gaming, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
E3 explains why they took the action to cancel this years’ event in a statement released earlier today:
“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors, and our long-time E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9th-11th in Los Angeles.
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.
We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.
Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds”.
However, all is not lost, there is a silver lining as E3 also says they are “exploring options to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”