San Diego Comic-Con, E3, and Anime Expo cancel geek gatherings for the second year in a row

San Diego Comedian-Con has just announced the present is not going to go on, at the least not in particular person. For the second time in 50 years — the first was final year — Comedian-Con has been canceled on account 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 full shebang has been postponed till 2022 — and providing refunds and rollovers as applicable.

And it’s not the solely large California geek gathering that’s not going to occur: the Los Angeles Division of Conference and Tourism has filed documents (PDF) that present that the largest US online game and anime exhibits — E3 and Anime Expo — have additionally ditched their in-person gatherings (by way of ResetEra and Kotaku).

E3 usually attracts upwards of 60,000 attendees whereas Anime Expo can appeal to over 100,000, so that they’re large losses for tourism that the metropolis shall be discussing later this week.


Thoughts you, the Leisure Software program Affiliation that runs E3 already hinted that it will be “reworking” its showcase, so a digital occasion wouldn’t be a lot of a shock. Anime Expo held a successful virtual event last year that drew 500,000 viewers, and it appears like organizers will attempt that once more. Neither E3 nor Anime Expo organizers have technically confirmed that their occasions gained’t be taking place in-person but, however the metropolis would know. An ESA spokesperson would solely reaffirm that they’re “reworking” E3, and that “we’ll have official particulars very quickly.”

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