The Game Developers Conference (GDC) has been postponed by organizers over fears of a new corona virus outbreak,media reported. The conference, scheduled to be held in San Francisco, is an important annual event for video game programmers and designers. The meeting was scheduled to take place from 16 March to 20 March. GDC organizers did not provide information on the new dates for the meeting, but said they “intend to hold the event later in the summer.”
A state of emergency has been declared in San Francisco in preparation for the arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Officials said Friday that the virus is currently spreading in Northern California.
In a statement, the conference organizers said: “We have been working extensively with our advisory board, speakers, exhibitors and event partners over the past year to prepare for the event, but we are very sad and disappointed that we have had to postpone the meeting. “
A total of 29,000 people attended the conference last year, according to organizers. It comes after several major GDC attendees, including Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, announced they would not attend the event this year.
GDC is one of a growing number of technical meetings that have been delayed or canceled due to the new corona virus. Facebook said Thursday it cancels its annual F8 software developer conference. Workday told employees this week that the annual in-house sales meeting scheduled for early March will be held online, not in San Jose, California.
Eventbrite’s shares plunged 14 per cent on Friday after the online ticketing service warned on a quarterly earnings conference call that participants in some of the big events could cancel their bookings on a large scale due to concerns about the risk of large crowds gathering. “