Nintendo officially responds to E3 2020 cancellation, exploring new options

Earlier today, the ESA officially dropped the ban hammer on E3 2020—canceling the event for this year. This was in response to the growing crisis surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak (coronavirus). As the health situation deteriorates, more and more mass events are being canceled in the USA and in other parts of the world. Nintendo has sent out an official response to GameSpot about the announcement, saying that it is “considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues.”

Here is the full 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.”

As of right now, it’s unclear exactly what Nintendo has in store due to this change of plans. However, ever since E3 2013, Nintendo has replaced a traditional stage show for a pre-recorded digital presentation: Nintendo Direct @E3.

With the cancellation of E3 2020, the ESA has officially stated that it is exploring digital options to handle the showcase. That means that we can expect many Direct-like presentations coming from companies that originally had a stage show planned. Thus, in a roundabout way, one can say that Nintendo has officially become a trend-setter.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.