Sony has announced that the PlayStation format holder will not be attending the Game Developers Conference 2020, citing concerns over the coronavirus.
Sony Not Attending GDC
Facebook Gaming/Oculus are also not joining GDC this year for the same reason. The coronavirus has seen over 75,000 people infected so far, with the majority of those being in China, with just over 1,000 cases reported in other countries. Of all those infected, 2,130 fatalities have been reported.
Sony Interactive Entertainment provided the following the statement to GI.biz:
We have made the difficult decision to cancel our participation in Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). We felt this was the best option as the situation related to the virus and global travel restrictions are changing daily.
We are disappointed to cancel our participation, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern. We look forward to participating in GDC in the future.
Sony has already pulled out of its appearance at PAX East next week, where the company was expected to showcase a playable build of Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated The Last of Us Part 2.
GDC is taking place March 16 – March 20. The company provided the following statement regarding concerns over the coronavirus:
We believe that, based on the strict US quarantine around coronavirus and a large number of enhanced on-site measures, we are able to execute a safe and successful event for our community.
Sony confirmed earlier in the year that it will not be attending E3 2020, marking the second year in a row that it won’t be putting in an appearance at the Los Angeles-based gaming show.
In its place, the company is expected to host a number of PlayStation-related events, one of which will certainly revolve around the PS5 reveal. Stay tuned for more details.