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The Games Developer Conference, postponed by the coronavirus

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on planned gatherings and gatherings of all kinds, affecting multiple sectors and industries. The last event to be canceled to try to prevent its spread is the Games Developer Conference (GDC) , a congress that was to be held from March 16 to 20 in San Francisco.

The Games Developer Conference has been held since 1988 and in its last edition it brought together more than 29,000 attendees from the video game industry, including developers, game publishers and distributors, journalists, etc.

In recent weeks, companies such as Epic, Sony, Facebook, EA, Kojima, Unity or Amazon had announced that they would not attend the conference due to their concern regarding the safety and health risks of their workers. All the exhibitors from China also dropped out of the call.

“After close consultation with our partners in the industry and the game development community around the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the March GDC,” its organizers explain a post posted on their website. “Having spent the past year preparing for the fair with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors and event partners, we are truly upset and disappointed that we cannot host them at this time,” they add.

Although the conference has been canceled for next month, it could take place later. GDC organizers say they have the “total intention of hosting a Games Developer Conference later in the summer.” In addition, they underline that they will work with their partners for it and have promised to give more details about their plans “in the coming weeks.”

Some confirmed speakers for the GDC will be able to offer their conferences online and some congress events will be held, which will be broadcast live on Twitch.

The company organizing the congress, Informa, has shown itself willing to return the price of the tickets . At the time, when his celebration was still awaited, he had promised to include additional sanitary measures for the flu season.

At the moment it is unknown how the firm will manage to square the dates of the congress, taking into account that E3 is held in June and Gamescom and Pax Prime take place in August. Although it is still early, these events could also see their celebration jeopardized for the same reason if the number of infected continues to increase in the US.

The other tech ‘victims’ of the coronavirus

This is not the only tech event that has been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus fears. The first large-scale congress to be canceled was the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with more than 100,000 attendees. After the removal of important telephone manufacturers and operators, the GSMA, the organizing association, decided to suspend the MWC.

In addition, a few days ago, the Facebook developer conference, f8 , has also been suspended.

COVID-19 has also ‘struck down’ other technology events , such as Facebook Global Marketing in San Francisco, EmTech in Singapore, the Google News Initiative Global Summit in Sunnyvale, the Shopify developer conference in Toronto or the Enterprise World Europe 2020. of OpenText, which was to be held in Prague.

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