Bethesda's 25th annual QuakeCon event cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

By Heidi Nicholas,
Bethesda and id Software have announced their decision to cancel their upcoming QuakeCon event, which would also have been the event's 25th anniversary. They're looking for "other ways to celebrate the spirit" of the event.


"QuakeCon has always been a special event for us and for you", their announcement reads. "In recent weeks we have spent a lot of time discussing how we might still move forward with QuakeCon this year, particularly given that it's the 25th year of the event. However, with all of the logistical challenges and uncertainties we currently face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s QuakeCon. The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and players will always be our top priority, and in these times it felt wrong to be talking about a gathering when gathering is the last thing any of us should be doing right now."

The announcement, which comes from both Bethesda and id Software, says they "hope to work with you to come up with other ways to celebrate the spirit of QuakeCon this August, and we look forward to the return of this amazing event next year."

E3 was cancelled last month, but Gamescom looks to be going ahead. Earlier today, the event's joint organisers said that Gamescom won't be postponed, but might go forwards in a digital format. Microsoft, too, are planning a digital event now that E3 is cancelled. We'll keep you updated.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!