E3 2020 Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

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E3 2020, the major games industry conference, has been canceled over Coronavirus concerns. The cancellation is the latest in a string of disruptions to conferences that are important touchstones for the VR industry.

The organization that produces E3, the Entertainment Software Association, says it’s exploring options for an “online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”

A message posted to the official E3 website today announced the cancellation of the long-running games industry event which has been held annually in Los Angeles.

The Coronavirus, a novel respiratory virus, began in China with the first reported case on December 31st, 2019; health organizations have since designated the strain as ‘COVID-19’ for specificity. The virus has seen more than 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,200 deaths, according to the latest information from the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 has now spread to 114 countries and territories, with China, Italy, Iran, and Korea seeing the greatest number of cases so far.

E3 has long been among a handful of key conferences for the VR industry. Big players like Oculus, Sony, and HTC have used the event to showcase their latest VR hardware and content. The cancellation of E3 2020 is the latest in a string of impacts that Coronavirus has had on the VR industry.

Concerns over the virus have also led to the cancellation of other key VR industry events like Mobile World Congress (MWC), Game Developers Conference (GDC), and Facebook F8. Oculus, Valve, and Nreal have all confirmed that the supply of their headsets has been impacted by the virus as well.

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