Microsoft follows a list of game companies skipping Game Developers Conference 2020 over Coronavirus concerns
Sony, Oculus have already cancelled their presence of the annual conference and later it was Unity who announced that they won’t be appearing this year over health concerns
Microsoft is the latest game company to pull out of the upcoming GDC in San Francisco due to coronavirus fears after Kojima productions cancelled its presence
Game Developers Conference 2020 is taking place as planned from March 16-20
Microsoft decided to hold a digital –only event from March 16 to 18 which will include panel and game developer sessions. The discussions will be on game design, online services, next gen hardware and the future of game streaming.
The discussion event will also include some behind the scenes from the developers of Minecradft and Gears of Wars, and scenes from Double Fine, inXile, compulsion, Rare, Obsidian and Undead Labs
The company has released an official statement,
“After a close review of guidance by global health authorities and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve, made the difficult decisions to withdraw from participating at Game Developers Conference 2020 in San Francisco. The health and safety of players, developers, employees, and our partners around the world is our top priority.”
KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS BACKED OUT OF THE EVENT
In February 25, 2020, Kojima productions baked out of the 2020 GDC over COVID -19 outbreak.
The studio announced its cancellation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference on its website stating that it cancels Hideo Kojima’s session on the 19th and Erich Johnson’s session on the 16th.
Hideo Kojima, the studio founder planned to give a speech during the event on its design philosophy of Death Stranding, analysis of the game’s concept, theme, plot, game mechanics and development
The decision to cancel its participation was taken after Square Enix and Sony backed out of PAX East in Boston. PAX East was planned for February 27 to March 1, GDC will be conducted from March 16 to 20 in San Francisco