GAMING mega-expo E3 has been cancelled due to “growing concerns” over the coronavirus outbreak.
The event was due to take place over June 9 to 11 in Los Angeles, but organisers have told The Sun that it will no longer go ahead.
E3 organisers ESA described the COVID-19 as unprecedented, and said exhibitors and attendees will receive full refunds.
“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 longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020,” said ESA in a statement.
E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the world’s most famous and influential video games show.
It was industry-only from 1995, but the annual event has been open to the public since 2017 – with 15,000 general-admittance passes offered.
In 2019, more than 66,000 people attended E3.
Gaming firms typically use the show to reveal major news, including new console details and games.
E3 2020 was expected to be a blockbuster event, with the Xbox Series X and PS5 both set to launch later in 2020.
Game developers are currently racing to get top titles ready in time – and details of many of these games would’ve been revealed during E3.
Fortunately for gamers, ESA has promised to explore an “online experience” for announcements in June 2020.
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