The biggest trade show in gaming isn’t happening this year. E3 2020 has been canceled due to coronavirus fears, the Entertainment Software Association announced on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of GDC, Mobile World Congress, Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, and hordes of other events. The cancellation occurred at roughly the same time that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
“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,” the ESA statement reads. “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.”