Well, talk about starting 2020 in the wrong foot. With this COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus, outbreak, many events and transportation has been halted and some events have been cancelled. Yesterday, we got some unfortunate news for gamers.
The video game industry association the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) released an official statement stating the current conditions of the upcoming E3 2020. With the COVID-19 spreading all over the world, the video game convention will be cancelled this year. Here is the statement:
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.
To anyone who was planning to go this year will get refunded. E3 will try to come back in 2021.
Besides E3, it looks like Marvel will be facing some issues regarding to COVID-19. According to Deadline, the anticipated Marvel TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will cease production at Prague. Prague is the capital of Czech Republic. In the Dealine’s article, the TV show has begun production in Atlanta, but they also did a short production at Prague. However, due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the team behind the upcoming show ceased production and the cast was sent back to Atlanta. It’s unknown whether they will try again at Prague or not.