It’s official, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has canceled this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo video game convention due to the coronavirus outbreak. The show was set to have some big name exhibitors, despite PlayStation backing out of the event, including Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Capcom and lots more. Read more for two videos of the very first E3 show from 1995.
The first E3 event was held from May 11–13, 1995 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and saw more than 40,000 attendees. One thing you may not know was that in 1996, IDG and the IDSA tried a Japanese version of E3, in preparation for a worldwide series of events, at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo (as E3 Tokyo ’96) in association with TV Asahi.
- 3 Play Styles: TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, Handheld Mode
- 6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen
- 4.5-9+ Hours of Battery Life will vary depending on software usage conditions
- Connects over Wi-Fi for multiplayer gaming; Up to 8 consoles can be connected for local wireless multiplayer
- Model number: HAC-001(-01)
After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles. Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today,” said the ESA.