E3 Will Not Host a Digital Event This Year

E3 Will Not Host a Digital Event This Year

E3 2020 has been fully cancelled.

Earlier this year, the physical E3 2020 event, scheduled to take place in June, was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. While the ESA was looking into hosting a digital event to replace the physical show, plans for the digital show have now been cancelled.

In a statement supplied to PCGamer, a spokesperson for the ESA said that "given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June." There you have it: E3 as one central event is cancelled for the year.

However the ESA spokesperson did state that the company would "working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on E3expo.com, in the coming months." There's no other information to go on at this time, but it seems like E3 will attempt to host or support announcements or games that would have been unveiled or shown in some capacity at the show.

Just recently, our sister site GamesIndustry.biz reported that the ESA had set dates for E3 2021 to partners for the show. The dates are reportedly June 15 to 17, 2021, although the ESA declined to comment to PCGamer about these reported dates set for next year.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the games industry at large. Microsoft stated earlier today that it would focus on digital events until at least July 2021, while The Last of Us Part 2 and Iron Man VR were just indefinitely delayed, with no release date currently projected for either of the games that were due to launch in June.

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