Nintendo will be “flexible” in updating fans as the Coronavirus leads to industry event cancelations.
Amid the Coronavirus, which has now been labeled an epidemic in the US, Nintendo has opened up and admitted industry events such as the Game Developers Conference and E3 are likely not going to be their thing for a while. In a statement acquired by GameSpot, a spokesperson noted Nintendo completely understands and supports E3’s choice to cancel the event, which was announced Wednesday.
“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.”
They then continued by explaining they’ll be opting for other ways to keep fans up to date in their latest happenings. They also mention how they’re working on a number of ways to engage with fans. That said, they aren’t completely clear as to what they plan to do, but who knows, maybe fans will finally get themselves a new Nintendo Direct.
“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.”
Why’s Nintendo Being More Flexible?
The Coronavirus has single-handedly shot down many high-profile gaming events to either change how the event will be hosted or entirely cancel or delay it. This means a ton of possible updates Nintendo had planned were left in the open.
San Francisco’s Game Developer Conference revealed that they canceled the in-person events in favor of freely streaming the talks online as the virus continues to spread. Meanwhile, music festival Coachella has been postponed due to the outbreak.
Most recently, though, LA’s E3 has been cancelled amid worry of the virus spreading to the biggest gaming convention. It got bad enough that Nintendo of America has allowed its employees to work from home.