The Game Developers Conference has announced that this year’s event has been postponed until the summer due to the threat of coronavirus. Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Facebook and several other companies had already announced they were pulling out of the event, so the postponement shouldn’t come as a surprise.
In an official statement the GDC stated:
“After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.
We fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.”
Event organiser Simon Carless has confirmed that those who had already purchased tickets to the event will get a full refund, and those who had booked rooms at the GDC room block won’t have to pay any fines for cancelling their rooms.
The GDC isn’t the only event for which the coronavirus outbreak has caused disruption. The EVE Fanfest 2020 has been cancelled, while CD Projekt, Capcom, Sony and Square Enix all pulled out of PAX East in Boston. Multiple gaming tournaments have also been closed to the public.
We should expect even more disruption in the foreseeable future as concerns for the virus continue to increase.