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This isn’t exactly a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to the fate of recent conventions, but E3 2020, the largest gaming expo of the year, is hours away from being canceled due to the Coronavirus.

That’s according to Devolver Digital, publisher of the Serious Sam and Shadow Warrior series. “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all,” it tweeted.

While Devolver Digital are known jokesters (check out their fake E3 press conferences), Kotaku’s Jason Schreier tweeted back and said that he had also heard “secondhand whispers” from developers and publishers that E3 would not be happening. “It’s only a matter of time,” he said.

If that’s not enough proof, respected game journalist Mike Futter has also told attendees to cancel their plans. An official announcement will reportedly go down sometime tomorrow morning.

This is bad news for E3’s organizers, but the conference doesn’t mean much these days for non-attendees, who can get the latest news and announcements with the click of a mouse. Sony wasn’t even planning to attend this year, which reduced the conference’s relevance even further.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment. “We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.

“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”

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8 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 10961, member: 215″]
    I fully expect this to cancel most large gathering conferences for the remainder of this year.
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    On the plus side, I bought a plane ticket with 6 days in advance for ATL-EWR and back for $206… that’s unheard of…

  2. [QUOTE=”David_Schroth, post: 10962, member: 1″]
    On the plus side, I bought a plane ticket with 6 days in advance for ATL-EWR and back for $206… that’s unheard of…
    [/QUOTE]
    Not really the same thing but I booked two tickets last week for June DFW-DTW at $300 total. All that spare money goes to libations, going to be one sloppy LAN party.

  3. A co-worker told me the other day that a friend of theirs booked a round trip ticket to Hawaii for around $300.

  4. [QUOTE=”_k_, post: 10963, member: 91″]
    Not really the same thing but I booked two tickets last week for June DFW-DTW at $300 total. All that spare money goes to libations, going to be one sloppy LAN party.
    [/QUOTE]

    That’s a pretty fantastic price for that trip, especially how proud Delta is of its seats flying ex-DTW.

  5. Yeah looks like it has officially been canceled: [URL]https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-03-11-it-looks-like-e3-is-cancelled[/URL] (see update near the top)

  6. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 10961, member: 215″]
    I fully expect this to cancel most large gathering conferences for the remainder of this year.
    [/QUOTE]

    Everything is going to trickle down now I believe. With the NBA suspending their season and some cities not allowing large groups to gather this was inevitable.

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