E3 ‘canceled’ over coronavirus as huge gaming expo ‘becomes latest event to be axed amid outbreak’ – The Sun

E3 2020 has been "canceled" amid coronavirus fears as the huge gaming expo becomes latest event to be axed during the outbreak, reports say.

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) reportedly axed the popular three-day tech event scheduled for June this year, according to Ars Technica.

Game publisher Devolver Digital urged people to "cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y'all" when it emerged the extravaganza at the Los Angeles Convention Center reportedly wasn't happening.

Ars reported ESA were supposed to release a public statement about the matter today but "slipped." The Sun contacted the company for comment on Tuesday evening.

As this point in time, it isn't clear whether the major gaming event will be moved, relocated, or a virtual, live-streamed now that confirmed US cases of the killer coronavirus surged to 972 as of March 10.

Last month, the ESA insisted that it "continue[d] to plan for a safe and successful E3" as well as "monitoring and evaluating" its effect on LA events.

The news comes after another annual California event Coachella was officially pushed back by six months on the advice of the County of Riverside and local health authorities.

The event had been set to kick off on April 10, but will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18 after two people died in-state.

Concert promoter Goldenvoice confirmed this on Tuesday, saying: "At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns.

"While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously.

"We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials."

Rock band Rage Against the Machine, rapper Travis Scott and singer Frank Ocean all got top billing to headline the three-day party in the desert, while Calvin Harris, Lana del Rey, Lil Nas X, 21 Savage and dozens of others would take to the stage.

Goldenvoice released the statement just days after the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, which had been set to be held near the site of the festival, was also cancelled.

The news comes days after Austin called off the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) – which usually attracts around 100,000 people to the Texas city.

While gamers were devastated by the E3 cancelation, rock enthusiasts also learned Pearl Jam were postponing their North American tour in light of the coronavirus threat.

But it's not just gamers, rockers and festival lovers who have been affected: presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were forced to call off their Ohio events during the Democratic Primaries this evening

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