Sony and Facebook to skip GDC 2020 over coronavirus fears

Earlier this week, Sony introduced that it was dropping out of PAX East due to issues over the present coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. As we speak, it introduced that it’s made the identical name for GDC, which is scheduled to occur subsequent month in San Francisco, California. Sony isn’t alone in making the choice to skip GDC, as Facebook has joined it in dropping from the present.

“Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, our dev partners, and the GDC community, Facebook will not be attending this year’s Game Developer Conference due to the evolving public health risks related to COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson informed GamesIndustry.biz. “We still plan to share the exciting announcements we had planned for the show through videos, online Q&As, and more, and will plan to host GDC partner meetings remotely in the coming weeks.”

The bulletins Facebook had deliberate for GDC seemingly concerned Oculus, because the VR firm has at all times been an enormous title at GDC conferences prior to now. Sony’s plans, alternatively, in all probability concerned upcoming video games like The Final of Us Half 2 – a title it was supposed to have on-hand at PAX East earlier than it dropped from that present.

“We have made the difficult decision to cancel our participation in Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus),” Sony mentioned in an announcement to GamesIndustry. “We felt this was the best option as the situation related to the virus and global travel restrictions are changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern. We look forward to participating in GDC in the future.”

That assertion intently mirrors what Sony mentioned when it announced it was backing out from PAX East, which kicks off on February 27th in Boston. For the second, PAX East and GDC are each scheduled to go on as deliberate, however as MWC confirmed us, that may change moderately rapidly – the organizers of MWC wound up canceling the event altogether only a few days after insisting that it would happen as scheduled.

We’ll see if some other main corporations drop out of PAX East or GDC, however for now, it appears that evidently Sony and Facebook are the one huge gamers to accomplish that. We’ll let you understand if that adjustments, so keep tuned for extra.

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