Microsoft and Epic both said today that they will no longer be attending this year’s Game Developers Conference due to the coronavirus.
Following several other major tech firms including Sony and Facebook, Microsoft and Epic both stated today that they will no longer be attending the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to growing health concerns over COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.
Microsoft states on its Game Stack Blog:
“After a close review of guidance by global health authorities and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw from participating at Game Developers Conference 2020 in San Francisco.”
Microsoft will instead host livestreamed versions of most of their planned GDC panels, including its next-generation Xbox Series X hardware, Project xCloud streaming, and game development sessions from various Xbox Game Studios teams. The streams will be shown on its website from March 16 through 18, the first three days of GDC.
Epic wrote in a tweet:
“Regrettably, uncertainty around health concerns has made it unviable to send our employees, and so we have made the difficult decision to withdraw attendance.”
Like Microsoft, Epic states they will disseminate news through “other channels.”
This comes after recent cancellations from developers EA, CD Projekt Red, Capcom, Kojima Productions’ GDC cancellation, Sony pulling out of PAX East last week (as well as GDC the next day), Square Enix recently pulling out of PAX East and the Taipei Game Show being cancelled entirely back in January. As well as Microsoft’s ‘Ignite The Tour’ in Hong Kong. ALL due to coronavirus fears.
[Source – kotaku]