Despite GDC 2020 being postponed, the ESA says it will still continue as planned with E3 2020 while monitoring the coronavirus situation.
Last week, it was officially revealed that GDC 2020 had been postponed to an unannounced date later this summer. This came about after multiple video game publishers announced they would be pulling out from the event due to concerns over the continuing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. The decision to postpone GDC naturally brought many questions to light about future gaming events this year, most notably, that of E3 2020.
Well, as of now, E3 2020 is still going to happen right on schedule in June of this year, according to the Entertainment Software Association, the organization that runs the event. In a message given to Vice, the ESA said as of now, it is still “watching the situation very closely” when it comes to the coronavirus. “We will continue to be vigilant, as our first priority is the health, wellness and safety of all of our exhibitors and attendees,” said the ESA. “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.”
It’s not too surprising to see the ESA continue as normal for now with E3 2020 planning. It’s hard to know how much longer the coronavirus will continue to be a situation in not only the United States, but around the world. As such, drastic changes in plans for E3 at this point from the ESA would likely be a bit too early. If anything were to change when it comes to E3, you’d assume that we’d hear more a bit closer to the event.
While the ESA is still planning to hold E3 2020, however, that might not mean every publisher will still end up attending. As of now, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, and Ubisoft are just some of the biggest names that are on the guestlist for the show later this summer. Much like GDC, though, if concerns around coronavirus continue to amplify as E3 draws closer, you may start to see publishers themselves bow out from attending the convention far in advance of the ESA making any decisions to postpone or outright cancel it. That has yet to happen right now, but it’s something worth monitoring in the future.
E3 2020 is set to take place later this year from June 9 until the 11th in Los Angeles, California. If there are any changes announced regarding the event, we’ll let you know here on DualShockers.