BREAKING NEWS: World’s Biggest Gaming Show E3 Cancelled Due To Coronavirus
UPDATED: The world’s biggest gaming show E3 has been cancelled.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in June has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns
The event was where Microsoft was planning to launch their new Series X the next-generation Xbox which is set to go on sale in September.
E3 would join a growing tide of events such as Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
later in the year.
Both Microsoft and Sony have used the event in the past to launch some of their biggest gaming products.
Game studios and publishers also rely on such conferences to check out the competition, ply their wares and road-test games to acquire.
Organizers of E3, which was slated for early June, previously said they were “monitoring and evaluating the situation daily” via the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Shortly after the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced E3’s cancellation major game makers such as Microsoft and Ubisoft said they were planning online events where they’d stream announcements to fans.
Microsoft executive Phil Spencer reacted instantly to the decision, revealing Team Xbox would be holding its own digital event instead of its E3 presentation — which happily means Xbox fans won’t be going home empty-handed in June.
“The health and safety of employees, fans and our partners around the world is a top priority. We support the ESA in its decision to cancel E3 following increased public concerns with the COVID-19 virus,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Digital Trends. “E3 has always been an important moment for us to show what’s ahead from Team Xbox. This year we’ll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the Xbox community and all who love to play around the world via a digital event. We will share details on timing and more in the coming weeks.”