WE ARE NOW in the midst of the COVID-19, more commonly referred to as coronavirus, pandemic as it sweeps across the globe. And it’s having a very noticeable effect on the technology world, forcing major events to be canceled.
As one of the most significant shows in the gaming calendar, from a software and hardware perspective, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3, is a big deal. It was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in June.
The show started life as a trade event for both the gaming industry and games related media but has expanded to include gaming fans and consumers in recent years. At Computer Shopper,
we’d keep a careful eye on the announcements and showcases to get a
a glimpse at what developers large and small were working on that could influence the PC world.
But the coronavirus pandemic has seen it canceled, making it the
a second major conference in the tech world to be canceled after MWC
2020, amidst hundreds of other major events being canned or postponed.
“Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19
virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an
the unprecedented global situation,” the ESA, the organization behind E3, said.
“We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”
Cancelled Major Tech Events
Nvidia canceled its GTC event, scheduled for the end of March, where it was seemingly set to showcase its efforts in next-gen graphics architecture.
The Games Developer Conference (GDC),
also scheduled for March, was pulled, with game developers simply
releasing trailers of their games instead. However, GDC was postponed
rather than fully canceled, so it might go ahead later on in the year.
Even the tech behemoth that is Google has fallen victim to the
pandemic, postponing its Google Cloud Next event indefinitely and
canceling its I/O developer-centric showcase.
Apple has made its Worldwide Developers Conference a digital-only
event and Microsoft has done the same for its Build conference, as fears
that such events would propagate COVID-19 became overwhelming.