The Internet Reacts to Recent E3 2020 Cancellation
E3 2020 has officially been canceled, and the internet is reacting to the news.
Leave an “F” in the comments, E3 2020 is officially canceled. The ESA released the official announcement this morning, letting fans, developers, and media know the biggest event in gaming is skipping this year due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which is now officially a pandemic. Reactions to the news were swift, coming from all directions. From shock to sadness, the range of emotions displayed across the internet has run the gamut.
The E3 team is devastated to share this news. This decision was not reached lightly, but it is the right one for the health and safety of all involved. Read our statement here: https://t.co/1uOWxTerN9 pic.twitter.com/gD2IxNACLX
— E3 (@E3) March 11, 2020
The Developers and Publishers
A large number of developers and publishers have shared their thoughts on the cancellation announcement on Twitter. Many of whom are promising information in the coming weeks on how they will respond or show off their previously-planned E3 2020 content. Others are expressing their sympathy for those that can no longer show off their hard work for everybody to see.
E3 being cancelled sucks. My heart goes out to my fellow devs — especially those who were looking forward to showing off their hard work.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) March 11, 2020
The week of E3 has always been a big part of what we do and are genuinely bummed about the cancelation of the event itself.
Lots to juggle but right now we plan on having a livestream Devolver Direct / press conference and possibly more. pic.twitter.com/nGDAEsIzUs
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) March 11, 2020
E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we'll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks https://t.co/xckMKBPf9h
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 11, 2020
E3 is a huge undertaking; it’s a logistical balancing act for all members of the video game industry. It’s a lot of meetings, planning, and coordination to pull off and create the content everyone enjoys. With that being said, E3 is a special time for those in the media to meet up with friends and peers from around the games industry. It’s a grand opportunity to make connections, new friendships, and expand their communities. Losing E3 is like losing out on a chance to see your friends.
— Jessica Chobot (@JessicaChobot) March 11, 2020
E3 2020 has been cancelled. My heart has been on such a roller coaster the past month. To those of us who love games, we will find new and different ways to come together as a community. Please stay safe. pic.twitter.com/DlNW7SY5Bq
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 11, 2020
A year in video games with new consoles and no E3 is very different than what I would have said 7 months ago.
— Alex O'Neill (@ALFighter27) March 11, 2020
This is really sad news – mostly because there are hundreds (if not 1000s) of people affected by #E3Cancelled – from devs/pubs/sites to food/event service – whose livelihoods will actively suffer because of it. https://t.co/Wxwd80BoSg
— JR (@USofJR) March 11, 2020
I'll go a step further — E3's cancellation WILL really hurt people.
Publishers, devs, marketers, game sites, hosts, freelance writers, convention center staff, janitors, booth staff.
E3 was a huge gig for so many. While this was the right call, it's going to change lives. https://t.co/dWbDzBHBC9
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) March 11, 2020
The #E3 news is particularly hard for me because this would have been my 1st year being apart of the media attending. I was prepared to make it 1 of the best years in Video coverage 4 DS. I also wanted it to be my homecoming to the industry & reintroduce myself as a professional.
— Mario Rivera (@ThatMarioRivera) March 11, 2020
Now, if E3 doesn’t happen this year due to the coronavirus, I hope the video game industry rallies together and makes something happen online in that same week. Coordinated Nintendo Directs from every company would be awesome.
— Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) March 11, 2020
E3 is an event that is often referred to as “Gamer Christmas.” It’s a time of excitement, speculation, and intrigue, causing all the good little gamers to anxiously sit around their monitors or TVs, waiting to see what “Gamer Clause” will deliver. Despite the very reasonable cancellation, having that ripped away is still a sad pill to swallow.
— BreadandPuddingMan (#1 Furry Specialist) (@BreadandM) March 11, 2020
My feelings on E3 getting canceled are complicated.
I have LOVED E3 for so many years. The mid-00s was when I was introduced & I've been addicted since. Loved the press conferences, announcements, & coverage.
It was the one time I could guarantee I was going to feel happy.
— Brandon Gann (@GamesGann) March 11, 2020
— lizzie (@spicybeans80) March 11, 2020
E3 is the event any small studio, website, content creator, or fan dreams about attending. There is a certain air of wonder and majesty associated with the event. I include myself among those dreamers. I have never been to E3. While I am relieved the ESA decided to cancel the event, the fact that the cancellation falls on the year I may finally live my dream and attend in person stings a little.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the individuals who have worked so hard for this event. This includes the developers that have been grinding away on demos, the first-time attendees who had saved their money to buy a ticket, and everyone who will feel the ripples for months to come.
I have zero doubt that come June 2020, fans and developers will still reveal their new games. Players will still get news that will keep them salivating for the rest of the year. Some companies are already planning Direct-like videos to make their announcements. Still though, part of me can’t get over the feeling like we may have just witnessed the canceling of the last E3 as we know it, and that just sucks.