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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) has become one of the major events that have been called off due to the coronavirus spread over the world.
The Game Developers Conference, which was to be held in San Francisco, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that is spreading all over the world. The organizing team has announced that they have officially canceled the event, which was scheduled for this March. However, they are hoping to reschedule it for a later date in the summer.
This now adds to a number of major events this year that have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier in the day, we reported how the Geneva Motor Show has been canceled and the tickets refunded to the customers due to the coronavirus fears. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) also previously canceled its F8 developer conference on the same grounds. GSMA Mobile Congress is also a victim of the coronavirus outbreak.
In the statement, GDC said that it will refund all the expo attendees and also the conference in full. A move to soften the rage of the gamer’s enthusiasts and also the developers who had planned to attend the event.
The organizers said in their statement that they “will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks”. The announcement also added that “having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we are genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time”.
Coronavirus a Big Blow to the Game Developers Conference Gamers and Sponsors
Coronavirus has hit hard almost all major events so far. As it continues ravaging the strong fabric of mankind, the business sector receives heavy blows due to the unexpected nature of the virus. As new cases of unknown origin continue popping up in the United States, organizers of major events are left with no choice but to cancel or postpone their conferences, shows and forums.
The GDC is a huge collection of big players in the market who come together to showcase their products. Sponsors invest a lot of time and resources to see the event become successful. Some of the sponsors include AWS, Intel, Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Facebook gaming, and also Epic Games.
During the conference meant to take place in San Francisco, gamers were to learn about the future of mental health in the game industry. The gamers were also to learn Pixar animation’s secrets on creating its inspiring visuals. Until further notice, it will remain a dream never actualized.