Amid concerns about the growing outbreak of Coronavirus, O COVID-19, The E3 2020 could potentially be canceled. The coronavirus, originally considered to originate in China, has seen recent cases across Europe and the USA. This outbreak has already affected the games industry, especially when the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 has been postponed indefinitely due to fears about the virus. This decision was made after many developers attending GDC decided to cancel their presentations due to concerns about the outbreak.
Coronavirus continues to affect much of the entertainment industry. The films have seen their release dates postponed because of the virus threat. THE DC Comics canceled the next convention attendance due to concerns about the virus, mainly the Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), which occurs in Seattle, where the virus has already caused several deaths. As the virus continues to spread throughout the United States, other cancellations are likely to occur, especially larger conventions.
Another event potentially affected by the coronavirus outbreak is the E3 2020. An updated news in the GamesIndustry.biz reports that although E3 is still active, for now, the ESA is carefully monitoring the situation, suggesting that if things get really bad, the event could be canceled. Here is the official statement:
“The health and safety of our participants, exhibitors, partners and employees are our main priority. As ESA continues to plan a safe and successful E3 show from June 9th to 11th, 2020 - we are monitoring and evaluating the situation on a daily basis. Our E3 team and partners continue to monitor COVID-19 through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We are actively evaluating the latest information and will continue to develop measures to further reduce health risks at the event. ”
E3 takes place in Los Angeles, where the local government has declared a state of emergency due to a virus outbreak there. If the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the city and further into the U.S., it is highly likely that many developers and industry professionals will cancel their E3 appearances.
Although it is still a little early to know what can happen in June, when the exposure occurs, concerns about the virus are only increasing, interrupting travel to the exhibition (especially with some airlines that already limit international flights), the which ends up discouraging potential participants.
As it stands, it seems that E3 has already become less popular in the gaming industry. Although it was the biggest event of the year in the industry - where companies announced their new games, consoles and technology - some may argue that the exhibition has since lost its relevance.
Even the regular E3 participant, Geoff Keighley, is not participating this year. For the second consecutive year, Sony decided not to have a press conference at the exhibition, despite the launch of a new console later this year. With E3 looking less relevant, the coronavirus threat could mean that if the 2020 event happens, it could look like a ghost town.