This year 2020 really promises to be a turning point for E3, the largest video game salon in the world which sees its many plans disrupted. While the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the organizers of the show, made a lot of resistance to maintain the 2020 edition of the show, the Covid19 pandemic was finally stronger. In early March, ESA officially announced the cancellation of the event. A few days later, some publishers like Nintendo, or Devolver Digital announced that they were going to change their plans or cancel them. This is the case of Bethesda, which announced a few days ago that they would not be holding speaking time in June following the cancellation of E3.
However, ESA had spoken of a potential "E3 Online" this year to still keep players informed of the news but also and above all of the future of video games. Unfortunately, this event will not see the light of day either.
2020, a year without E3
While we have known for a few days the dates of E3 2021, we were waiting to know a little more about the plans for the famous digital meeting mentioned by ESA when the show was canceled this year. It turns out that the latter is finally canceled. Indeed, according to some industry sources, ESA would not be able to organize this kind of event. In a new press release, the association says:
"Given the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online event in June 2020. Instead, we will work with exhibitors to promote and present the announcements of each company, including on www.E3expo.com in the coming months. We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a redesigned E3 that will highlight new offerings and delight our audiences. "
Still no mention of the city of Los Angeles, or the famous Convention Center. In any case, ESA is again insisting on a "redesigned" event. We can't wait to find out more. In the meantime, IGN is therefore preparing an event in June to compensate for the cancellation of E3. We hope to discover great surprises with the many partners already registered for the event. As a reminder, we should see Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, Amazon, Google, Twitter, Devolver Digital and THQ Nordic.