Despite all its antivirus protection, the world of technology is realizing that it is no match for deadly biological viruses.
IDC no longer just predicted that this novel the coronavirus could lead to a decrease in PC sales this year, with so many factories closing and demand already falling. But also, many fairs and technological events have already been canceled.
The latest in this series of cancellations is the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 in San Francisco. It was supposed to take place from March 16 to 20.
According to an update on the GDC website, Informatech, the organization behind GDC, "made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference in March" after "close consultation with our industry and community partners. game development around the world. "
All the big companies have retired
No wonder GDC 2020 finally raised its hand in defeat. GDC 2020 has been gradually reduced in recent days due to the large withdrawal of large exhibitors.
Sony and Oculus were the first to leave, retiring more than a week ago, followed by EA, Hideo Kojima, PlayStation and Facebook. One day before the cancellation, Microsoft, Epic and Unity also withdrew, with Microsoft citing concerns for the "well-being of our teams and community" due to the "increasing public health risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19)".
With so many of his great players leaving, it was only a matter of time before other exhibitors did the same. And, the number of conference attendees would also have decreased considerably: Facebook, for example, has said it is "advising all employees to refrain from traveling to the show."
The San Francisco Bay area has recently announced two community transmission cases from COVID-19. This has caused some media to call northern California the "epicenter of what officials call the turning point in the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus." Therefore, having a massive conference with attendees from all over the world sharing game consoles, VR headsets and other game-related technology might not be the best idea.
However, not all is bad news. Microsoft plans to organize a "digital only event" from March 16 to 18, so it is still ready to make the announcements it planned to make at the conference.