E3 2020 online experience ESA

As the coronavirus spreads, large public gatherings like conventions are being canceled left and right. The Entertainment Software Association, or ESA, officially shut down E3 2020 on March 11. However, at that time they indicated their intention to replace it. The plan was to work with developers to hold an “online experience” during the week when E3 would have been held. After all, Nintendo ditched their physical press conference for an online showing years ago, and that format is taking off.

ESA scraps E3 2020 online experience

However, it seems plans have changed over the past month. The ESA issued a new statement today revealing that they are no longer planning an online experience. However, several developers have already announced their intentions to hold their own shows. As such, the ESA will promote some of those individual shows on their website, but they won’t be organized into any kind of singular schedule or event. Each company will work independently.

Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June.  Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months. We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences.

Some developers may no longer see the second week in June as a good time for their planned E3 2020 announcements. The pandemic is already leading to game delays, and more are sure to come, so schedules will have to adapt. Still, those announcements have to drop sometime. Each company will have to work out their own best way to react to this situation. Nintendo has previously stated that they will “continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products.”


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.


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