Microsoft is making major changes to the organization of events for the foreseeable future given the COVID-19 pandemic. All conferences and meetings will be digitized by July 2021. This means significant changes for the Xbox manufacturer's calendar.
According to an email regarding Microsoft's MVP Summit event, Microsoft's amendment includes canceling this event. According to an email to Microsoft MVP and Ginny Caughey, President of Carolina Software Inc., which should take place at the end of March next year. The company says it will "continue to evaluate the situation and look forward to connecting personally if the situation permits".
It's official: All Microsoft conferences will only be digital by July 2021. pic.twitter.com/wTBb7Z6pQB[19459007[19659002[—GinnyCaughey(@gcaughey) April 6, 2020
Since the E3 2021 is to take place from June 15th to 17th, the participation of Corporate doubtful. It is not yet excluded, Microsoft has made it clear to Eurogamer that this judgment only applies to events that it organizes itself, and that appearances at trade fairs are still possible. This would include not only E3 2021 but also Gamescom 2020 in August if the company believes it is safe.
“Given the challenges that COVID-19 (commonly known as the corona virus) presents, we are adjusting our calendar of events and strategy. An unnamed Microsoft spokesman told Eurogamer. "For the rest of 2020, we're taking the opportunity to experiment with new platforms to deliver the highest quality digital-first experiences to our partners, customers, and developers."
While Microsoft enables the E3 2021 to have a potential look, There will be no face-to-face conferences to present the upcoming Xbox Series X console, which will be released this Christmas. Microsoft's annual XO fan event, which has been held annually since 2018, is also closed. Instead, fans can expect more online streams from the company, such as Inside Xbox.
Last month, the Entertainment Software Association canceled E3 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns. This has messed up Microsoft's plans for the annual press conference and demos for the upcoming games. After pissing off an extensive E3 presentation for months at Xbox Head Phil Spencer, he announced that the company would host an Xbox digital event instead. Microsoft has not yet announced an appointment for the shop window.
"The health and safety of employees, fans and our partners around the world is a top priority," said a Microsoft spokesman for Digital Trends in E3 cancellation. “We support ESA's decision to cancel E3 after public concern about the COVID-19 virus has increased. E3 has always been an important moment for us to show what Team Xbox has in store. This year we're celebrating the next generation of games with the Xbox community and everyone who loves to play through a digital event around the world. We'll be sharing timing and more details in the coming weeks. “
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