Big Names Drop Out of Major Events as Coronavirus Fears Spread | Kotaku UK
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Some of the industry’s biggest events continue to be laid low by the threat of the coronavirus outbreak.PAX East was the first to be hit by news that major publishers were pulling out , and now the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month.
PlayStation and Facebook had already confirmed that they wouldn’t be attending the event.The social network told Polygon that it had pulled out “out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, our dev partners, and the GDC community.” Sony told GamesIndustry.biz that “the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”
Now, other big names are dropping out.Hideo Kojima, who was due to speak about the recent release of Death Stranding , issued a statement via the Kojima Productions website which confirmed he would not be attending the event.
EA also announced (via Gamespot ) that “having closely followed the global situation with Coronavirus and with the recent escalation of cases in new regions […] we are also cancelling our official participation at GDC and limiting attendance to other events.”
These high-profile absences are matched by a few smaller names who have decided to drop out.Industry conventions aren’t the only events struggling in the midst of the virus – a number of esports competitions across Asia and Europe have been postponed due to concerns over the outbreak.As the number of cases continues to accelerate, the impact of the virus may continue to be felt even further afield.Tags: .