E3 Organisers Abandon Online Event

By Alistair Jones on at

E3's organisers say they will no longer be holding an online alternative to the expo later this summer. In a statement provided to PC Gamer, the ESA said that it will instead be showcasing individual company announcements over the next few months.

After announcing the cancellation of the physical event, the ESA told attendees that it would be "exploring other options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020." However, organisers confirmed yesterday that this would no longer be the case, and that "given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June."

Instead, the ESA says that it'll be working with companies on individual announcements, and committed to a physical show in 2021, for which it announced dates earlier this week. As many companies have already pivoted to running their own events, the ESA's decision seems like a bit of last-minute damage control, but with no show at all this year, it'll be even trickier for the ailing show to bounce back to full strength next year.