GDC has lost 2 more participants because of coronavirus concerns. Both Microsoft and Epic Games have announced that they won’t attend GDC this year.
Microsoft revealed its decision on its developer website.
“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,” it is said in the post.
“The health and safety of players, developers, employees, and our partners around the world is our top priority. Especially as the world is experiencing growing public health risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Also, it shared that it plans to host a digital-only event from March 16 to March 18 on www.microsoft.com/gamestack. This event is going to include the majority of its planned game developer sessions and experiences, which will be streamed live and available on demand.
Epic Games has taken to Twitter to share that it also won’t participate at GDC. On the Unreal Engine official Twitter account, it says:
“Here at Epic we were excited about participating in GDC 2020. Regrettably, uncertainty around health concerns has made it unviable to send our employees, and so we have made the difficult decision to withdraw attendance. Stay tuned for Epic news and more through other channels.”
The fear of coronavirus is taking over the gaming world these days.