In the next move by major companies to adjust their show appearances due to the coronavirus outbreak, PlayStation and the Facebook Oculus teams have now cancelled their attendance at the annual Game Developer’s Conference per a statement to our friends at Gamesindustry.biz.
GDC is set to run from March 16th to 20th and as of right now, GDC has said that “about 10 of the 550 companies in attendance have been impacted” by the outbreak.
In a statement, the Facebook team said they would still make announcements digitally during the conference along with the following:
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 company spokesperson said. 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.
We continue to collaborate with UBM, GDC’s parent company, and our partners, and thank them for their efforts.
Meanwhile PlayStation, who just earlier this week cancelled their attendance at PAX East, had the following to say:
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). 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.
GDC believes they are taking the necessary pre-cautions for attendees and are planning to proceed with the show as planned.
We believe that, based on the strict US quarantine around coronavirus and a large number of enhanced on-site measures, we are able to execute a safe and successful event for our community.
As global concerns about the coronavirus rise, we believe we’ll continue to see affects such as these on gaming events and international travel. As always, we’re disappointed but understand that safety for employees and travelers must come first.