E3 2020 Has Been Cancelled

It has been heavily rumoured, but the ESA has just confirmed it: E3 2020 has been cancelled.

The games event that takes place in Los Angeles every year will be skipping 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. It makes sense – E3’s home state of California issued a state of emergency last week, and an event like E3 pulls in tens of thousands of people from around the world. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Yet it’s a strange year to be skipping the event, what with the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X to come later this year. How major announcements are going to play out remains to be seen – perhaps we’ll see a lot of micro-presentations and online showcases in the vein of Nintendo Direct. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


Here’s the announcement published by the ESA 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 longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 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.

We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3expo.com.

We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.