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Gaming Companies Respond To E3 Cancellation



Gaming Companies Respond To E3 Cancellation

Several games companies have issued responded to the cancellation of E3 2020.

Earlier this week the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) cancelled E3 2020 due to concerns over coronavirus. Shortly after revealing they had decided to cancel the event this year, Xbox’s Phil Spencer announced a digital event to reveal information on upcoming games and the Xbox Series X console, which they had planned on doing at E3.

Now, several other gaming companies have issued responses to the official E3 cancellation, some of which are planning on holding similar digital events to make up for the loss of the world’s biggest gaming event.

Square Enix shared screenshots of statements commenting on the cancellation of the event this week and confirmed that it was “exploring” other options to share information about upcoming games Final Fantasy VII Remake and Marvel’s Avengers. The statement reads:

“As the world has echoed and united, nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of our employees and their families, our partners, and unquestionably, our fans. We support the ESA’s decision to cancel E3 2020 and send our strongest heartfelt appreciation to everyone that works tirelessly to bring unforgettable games and experiences to E3.

“We understand this is disappointing not only to our respective developers and publishers, but also to thousands of fans who venture from afar to celebrate game at E3. We’re right there with you.”

They added: “Our 2020 lineup, and the next-generation that lies beyond, is stronger than ever for Square Enix. Where E3 has always been an incredible moment in time to showcase our upcoming games, we’re exploring other options to share our games with you. More to come, stay tuned.”

Ubisoft’s And Nintendo’s Response

Around the same time, game publisher Ubisoft also shared a statement responding to the E3 cancellation, noting that they too were “exploring other options” for game reveals and showcases. Their statement reads:

“The health and well-being of teams, players and partners is our top priority, so while we’re disappointed, we fully support the ESA’s decision to cancel E3 2020. E3 is and will continue to be a moment where we come together as a community and share our love of games.

“We’re exploring other options for a digital experience that will allow us to share all the exciting news we have planned, stay tuned for more!”

Nintendo also issued a response on the E3 cancellation to GameSpot. A spokesperson for the tech giant said: “Nintendo supports the ESA’s decision to cancel this year’s E3 to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners.

“We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during this challenging time. We’ll continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products.”

They added: “Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, large industry events may be untenable for the foreseeable future. But we are considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues.”

E3 2020 was set to take place in July in Los Angeles, California, but, like many other gaming events this year, has been cancelled due to concern over the coronavirus outbreak.

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