Xbox-maker Microsoft revealed today that it will not have a presence at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this year, highlighting issues surrounding the coronavirus break out.
The business made the statement on its Game Stack Blog:
After a close evaluation of assistance by worldwide health authorities and out of an abundance of care, we’ve made the tough choice to withdraw from participating at Video game Developers Conference 2020 in San Francisco.
Instead of holding a physical occasion at the conference, Microsoft says it will be holding an online-only occasion that week.
Microsoft is simply the most recent business to take out from the conference, which is being held March 16-20 Other companies backing out consist of Facebook, Unity and Sony. Impressive Games revealed it would likewise be taking out of the event Thursday.
Earlier this week, city authorities in San Francisco declared a state of emergency.
The COVID-19 outbreak has actually already impacted numerous big industry conference. With such major gamers exiting GDC, one wonder whether the conference might deal with a comparable fate to GSMA’s Mobile World Congress which eventually had to cancel the mobile event outright after its major exhibitors all bowed out.
We have actually connected to the folks behind GDC for remark.