GDC has just been cancelled by its organisers with hopes of bringing the event back in the summer, but is the coronavirus having much of an effect on the planning of video game events scheduled to take place later in the year? We all know that despite its declining relevance, E3 is still the biggest and most important of the bunch, and it says that its plans have not been held back by the virus. For now, at least.
Patrick Klepek of VICE Games got in touch with the ESA following the cancellation of the Game Developers Conference, who replied stating: "We will continue to be vigilant, as our first priority is the health, wellness, and safety of all of our exhibitors and attendees. Given what we know at this time, we are moving ahead full speed with E3 2020 planning."
It's welcome news indeed for those looking to attend the show in June and everyone else who will be watching press conferences at home, but as we all know, this is a situation which could change in a matter of days. The coronavirus is spreading at a rapid rate as more and more cases are reported each and every day. For now, however, E3 is still going ahead.
Sony isn't going anyways, so I forgot we was even happening. We'll see how things go with that virus stateside.
I'm guessing it'll be postponed or cancelled. The coronavirus is only going to get worse in the U.S. over the coming months.
Well I am interested in what Microsoft have to show
They could surprise you! I never had a xbox. But the way they are going with developinger era. It spark my interest!
SPOILER : Its cancelled
BIGGER SPOILER You WILL end up with coronavirus
At this point I just hope to be alive to play with the PS5.
@Shepard93n7 youl be fine its the T virus you gotta worry about
By June it will either all be over or we'll be so no point making changes now.
@rjejr that is a scary thought about the virus spreading so fast.
@huyi The virus has probably already spread all over the world, nobody knows for sure though b/c there are only so many testing kits to go around and hardly anybody has been tested yet. And it's cold and flu season so everybody has been sick for months. Wouldn't surprise me if 13,000 people in NYC had it, it's a city of over 10 million people from all over the world surrounded by 3 huge airports - LaGuardia, Newark, JFK - that people are constantly flying in and out of.
My hope is the more people are confirmed who have it the death rate will drop from 2% to less then 1% then we can all get back on with our lives like we were before.
If E3 were in August Id' say it would certainly be on, June may be right in that sweet spot. Plus, at this point, maybe they're just looking for an excuse to cancel it, people don't seem as interested anymore. But I'd bet it's still on and things are back to normal by then.
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