Gaming

E3 2020 could be in jeopardy due to coronavirus concerns in Los Angeles

Published: 5/Mar/2020 0:07 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:21

by Brad Norton

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This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) might be in jeopardy due to an ever-expanding concern of the coronavirus as Los Angeles appears ready to declare a state of emergency.

E3 is one the most iconic conventions in the gaming industry and the world’s top studios come together to showcase what they’ve been working on behind the scenes. From the shock and awe of surprise announcements to first-looks of brand new gaming hardware, it is often viewed as one of the most significant weekends on the gaming calendar.

As concern continues to brew surrounding the coronavirus however, it appears as though the convention could be in jeopardy for 2020.

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E3 2019 recorded a total of 66,100 attendees.

The first coronavirus-related death in California was reported on March 4. Subsequently, Los Angeles County became the second county in the United States to declare a state of emergency as the situation worsened.

In a statement provided by the Electronic Software Association, it was outlined how the state of emergency could impact this year’s convention. Despite pressing forward with the event for the time being, the situation is constantly being monitored and plans could change at any moment.

“The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff is our top priority. While the ESA continues to plan for a safe and successful E3 show June 9-11, 2020 – we are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily.”

“We are actively assessing the latest information and will continue to develop measures to further reduce health risks at the show.”

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E3 often serves host to some of the biggest announcements in the gaming industry.

While the ESA rallies in spite of the emergency, notable events throughout the gaming landscape have been significantly impacted and even cancelled outright as a result of the coronavirus.

For instance, after countless studios pulled out of the event, the 2020 Game Developers Conference was postponed on February 28.

Additionally, one of CSGO’s landmark esports competitions , IEM Katowice, was forced to continue without a single attendee due to the coronavirus.

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Could we see publishers pulling out of E3 as a result of the coronavirus?

There’s no telling just yet whether E3 2020 will be postponed or cancelled entirely, though the ESA is certainly aware of the possibility and constantly monitoring the severity of the situation in Los Angeles.

With more and more studios opting to present their new announcements in a pre-recorded format through their own channels, perhaps that may be the way of things for all devs in 2020 as concern surrounding the virus continues.

Fortnite

Fortnite’s Galactus event smashes huge player record set by Travis Scott

Published: 2/Dec/2020 4:23

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 ended with a bang as millions of players joined forces to take down Marvel’s planet-sized supervillain, Galactus, setting a new concurrent player record in the process.

Fortnite players have been on a collision course with Marvel’s Galactus for a long time now. An inevitable showdown between them and the imposing supervillain became more obvious as the season progressed.

At the beginning of the battle, everyone watched in horror as Galactus finally approached the island and claimed he was hungry as he swatted a helicopter out of the sky. Fortunately, Iron Man turned up and told Fortnite players how they could help.

Funnily enough, their duties involved piloting a battle bus armed with explosives to feed him. Eventually, after enough damage was dealt, Galactus exploded, and the island was saved.

It wasn’t the all-guns-blazing battle that players had anticipated, but it still turned out to be incredibly fun. Plus, it attracted so many people that the event smashed Fortnite’s previous concurrent player record, yet again.

Fortnite Epic Games Galactus Event Record
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Fortnite players managed to beat Galactus once and for all.

Fortnite’s first major concurrent player record was set during the Party Royale Premier. Millions of players from all around the world hopped in to celebrate the game’s 350 million registered player milestone.

It was impressive at the time, but it didn’t take long to beat. Travis Scott’s Astronomical music event smashed it out of the park when he led a whopping 12.3 million Fortnite players on a magical mystery tour.

Nobody thought it would be possible to topple that. However, Epic Games is always looking for new ways to push the envelope and watch it bend. Fortnite’s Galactus event attracted even more concurrent players and viewers and set the bar even higher.

“We defeated him!” said Epic Games. “A record 15.3 million concurrent players joined forces in our biggest event ever to fight back Galactus in today’s in-game event, while more than 3.4 million cheered and watched on YouTube and Twitch!”

It’s was the perfect way to end an action-packed season. Unfortunately, it means the Fortnite x Marvel crossover will probably come to an end for the time being.

However, the good news is that it’s already been confirmed to happen again sometime soon.

Plus, there are always new and equally incredible crossovers on the cards, including The Mandalorian in Fortnite Season 5, which goes live on Dec. 2.