So, it's official, E3 2020 has been officially cancelled due to "increased and overwhelming" concerns about the COVID-19 virus.
A number of major third-party publishers such as Ubisoft have already issued statements, and now it's Nintendo's turn. Here's a response provided to GameSpot by a Nintendo spokesperson:
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. 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.
While Nintendo's always had a show floor presence at E3, for a number of years now it's been hosting online video presentations. While the expo's cancellation may not necessarily impact the company's online broadcast schedule, there's no guarantee we'll be getting a Treehouse event this year.
The good news is Nintendo says it will "continue to be flexible", will consider various ways to "engage" with fans, and will share more as the year continues. Sounds like it'll business as usual. We could also be getting two presentations before the end of this month if yesterday's rumour is anything to go by.
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