February 24, 2020
PlayStation and Facebook’s gaming division have pulled out of a major gaming conference due to take place next month over the spread of the killer coronavirus.
The Game Developer Conference, due to take place from March 16 to 20 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, will be without two of the biggest names in gaming.
Both companies cited public health risks over the virus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19 and has claimed more than 2,000 lives.
Coronavirus has already forced the cancellation of Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest tech conference, which was due to kick off in Barcelona on Monday.
‘Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, our dev partners and the GDC community as a whole, Facebook’s AR-VR and gaming teams won’t be attending this year’s Game Developers Conference due to the evolving public health risks related to COVID-19,’ Oculus said in a blog post.
‘This was a difficult decision, but it’s the right call to make at this time.
‘We’re removing our booth footprint and advising all employees to refrain from travelling to the show.’
Oculus said it will share the announcements it had planned for the show online, through videos and Q&As.
This article was posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:16 am