Microsoft Corp. says it will pull out of the Game Developers Conference scheduled for next month in San Francisco over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, according tomedia reports. Following the decision, Microsoft became the latest company to pull out of the event over concerns about coronaviruses.
The Game Developers Conference, scheduled for March 16 to March 20, is a very important annual event for engineers and artists who develop and design games. Microsoft said it would withdraw from the event, but it would broadcast its content, originally scheduled for the conference, online at www.microsoft.com/gamestack.
“Ensuring the health and safety of players, developers, employees and our partners from around the world is our most important task,” the company said. Especially as the world is experiencing increasing public health risks associated with coronaviruses.
Facebook, Electronic Arts and Sony’s PlayStation have all announced their withdrawals. Microsoft said on Wednesday that its Windows and PC businesses would fall short of expectations for the quarter because of disruptions to its supply chain in China.
The spread of the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, outside China, is raising concerns today. The World Health Organization said late Wednesday that for the first time in the past 24 hours, countries outside China have reported more new cases than in the country.