San Diego Comedian-Con, E3, and Anime Expo cancel geek gatherings for the second yr in a row
San Diego Comedian-Con has simply introduced this yr’s present won’t go on, at the least not in particular person. For the second time in 50 years — the primary was final yr — Comedian-Con has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’ll nonetheless be a digital occasion from July twenty third to the twenty fifth, and organizers are planning a three-day in-person conference tentatively set for November, however they’re clear that the total shebang has been postponed till 2022 — and providing refunds and rollovers as acceptable.
And it’s not the one large California geek gathering that’s not going to occur: the Los Angeles Division of Conference and Tourism has filed paperwork (PDF) that present that the most important US online game and anime exhibits — E3 and Anime Expo — have additionally ditched their in-person gatherings (by way of ResetEra and Kotaku).
E3 sometimes attracts upwards of 60,000 attendees whereas Anime Expo can entice over 100,000, in order that they’re large losses for tourism that town will likely be discussing later this week.
Thoughts you, the Leisure Software program Affiliation that runs E3 already hinted that it might be “remodeling” its showcase, so a digital occasion wouldn’t be a lot of a shock. Anime Expo held a profitable digital occasion final yr that drew 500,000 viewers, and it feels like organizers will strive that once more. Neither E3 nor Anime Expo organizers have technically confirmed that their occasions gained’t be occurring in-person but, however the metropolis would know. An ESA spokesperson would solely reaffirm that they’re “remodeling” E3, and that “we’ll have official particulars very quickly.”
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