IN A NUTSHELL:
- The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) does not plan to cancel the E3 2020 fair in connection with the coronavirus epidemic;
- The decision may change if the situation demands it.
After the recent cancellation or postponement of several industry events in connection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, causing the COVID-19 disease, namely the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Mobile World Congress, among others, many people fear that a similar fate may also await E3 2020. However, it seems that the organizers of the fair do not plan to give up the event for now (via Vice Games).
"Everyone is watching the situation very closely. We will continue to be vigilant, as our first priority is the health, wellness and safety of all of our exhibitors and attendees. Given what we know at this time, we are moving ahead full speed with E3 2020 planning. Exhibit and registration sales are on track for an exciting show in June," said the organizers' representative, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
That's very good news. Of course, anything is still possible - ESA has wisely left a door open to change its decision if necessary. It remains to be hoped that by June the coronavirus epidemic will be contained and the worst case scenario associated with the disease will not come true, which would mean not only cancelling the most recognizable industry event, but also delaying the launch of ninth generation consoles.
To this day, the coronavirus from the Chinese town of Wuhan killed over 3,000 people worldwide. The number of infected people exceeded 91 thousand (but more than half of them have already recovered).
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