I wanted to pop in here with a note on how N4G is handling the Coronavirus (COVID-19) news as it relates to gaming and the industry.
As this news is affecting everything around us, it is important to ensure that the news our users are getting related to this topic is accurate and not rash or irrational. It's an important topic that should not be burdened by rumors or the opinions of journalists. It needs to be treated carefully and respectfully.
Because of this, we will not be allowing rumors, opinion pieces, or the like about the Coronavirus for gaming events, the industry, or related topics. We will instead be focusing on official and specific sources for the topic.
For example, the current rumors about E3 being canceled due to a tweet from Devolver, as well as Jason's anonymous insider information from earlier, is a telling sign that it could happen. But we will not be posting about it or allowing opinion pieces about it until ESA or the official E3 site posts news of this. At this time, their site still lists what considerations they and the LA Convention Center are taking, not that it is canceled nor have they made any public announcement otherwise.
This news is important and we can take the time to make sure the information is as accurate as it can be for an event that is months away let alone hardware that is even further away from being released. It doesn't deserve to be treated as standard rumor mill material. It deserves the respect, attention, and assurance that the news being presented is exact and non-reactionary.
I understand some of you will disagree, but this is how it will be handled here regardless of how other sites choose to report on everything related to the current pandemic. At least be comforted that so many other places are discussing it the way you may want, but we feel it inappropriate to promote anything but facts on this matter.
Thank you for your understanding in this,