With the ESA deciding to cancel the 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, event in June, several publishers have come out in support of this and announced plans to replace their annual E3 conference with digital replacements. Nintendo has now released its statement regarding the decision to cancel one of the largest Expos in the video game industry with the following statement.
“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 did not confirm if they would air their regular E3 Nintendo Direct presentation as they normally do during the week slotted for E3 to be held, The ESA has stated they are speaking with companies within the industry about holding an all-digital event this year as a replacement.
The ESA did state that the E3 2021 would return as planned as a “reimagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.”