After the cancellation of MWC 2020 due to concerns about Covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus that first appeared in China at the end of last year, several companies in China and around the world took precautions to avoid the risk of contact with the virus.
Covid-19 is now affecting the video game industry. This week, both Sony and Facebook withdrew from the two biggest gaming events of the year – the PAX East convention and the Game Developers Conference – citing Covid-19 and, as Sony said in a statement, the "situation" fact related to viruses and global travel restrictions change daily it is not possible to participate in fairs and conventions where there is a large circulation of people.
Facebook, which usually brings news related to virtual reality and augmented reality efforts at GDC, said in a post on its official blog that the event "is always a highlight of our game event schedule, but the health of our employees is the gaming community in general comes before anything else. "
A spokesman also told CNBC that, although Facebook does not send employees to PAX East this year, the company is "looking forward to participating in future PAX events". Sony, which usually shows PlayStation news at conventions, shared similar concerns.
In response, the GDC issued a statement saying, "We take the health and safety of our game development community very seriously. Following the strict quarantine laws established by the US government and the guidelines of the Department of Public Health, WHO and The CDC, which saw us implementing improved measures on the spot, is confident that the Game Developers Conference will follow in the footsteps of other large and successful international events taking place at the Moscone Center ".
Likewise, PAX events director Kyle Marsden-Kish said that "although the event organizers were unhappy that Sony was not participating, we look forward to welcoming our Sony friends to future PAX events and we are focused on make PAX East 2020 a pleasant and successful event for all participants and exhibitors ".
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