NAB and E3 conventions canceled due to COVID-19

Organizers for both NAB and E3 have announced both events have been canceled in 2020 as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread.

NAB E3 canceled

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

E3, a major gaming convention that draws more than 65,000 people, was set to be held on June 9 to June 11 in Los Angeles, California.

NAB is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, and it typically draws somewhere around 100,000 people. This year’s event was set to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 18 to April 22.

MacDailyNews Take: With both NAB and E3 now canceled, the clock ticks, unfortunately, on Apple’s WWDC 2020.


  1. In the 1918 Flu Pandemic, it started in the U.S. in the Spring of 1918, then subsided somewhat, but had a resurgence in September 1918 when Philadelphia had a parade with over 200,000 people, followed the next day with hospitals being overrun with sick people . . . Today, it may be noble for these organizations to cancel these events, but how far are they willing to go? Cancel the Olympics? Cancel the Baseball Season? . . . How long can people go on with quarantines? Just like Philadelphia in 1918, we may say, “It’s OK, let’s get back to normal!” — and the next day we may have a situation that is far worse . . . Something to consider as we watch these events unfold.

    1. Nice post, Jay. I was living in Taiwan during the 2002/03 SARS outbreak. We were all unprepared at the time. I mean no offense, but I can say most Americans are probably unprepared for what is coming; a TOTAL upheaval of daily life/ daily routines. Really, there is no way to totally prepare. It will be unlike anything that anyone has experienced or expected. During SARS, it was a mentally and physically exhausting experience. It will be the same in the US.

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