The 2020 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has officially been canceled due to the ongoing outbreak of the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles. In its place, companies like Xbox and Ubisoft are already making plans to hold digital events, although details and dates are still sparse.
"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," the ESA said in a statement."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." Considering there are indications that the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak could peak in the west around that time, this is an understandable outcome.
E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we'll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks - Phil Spencer