Sony no longer attending GDC 2020 due to Coronavirus concerns

By Sean Carey,
Sony will not be attending this year's Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Fransisco due to fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Recently, the company also pulled out of attending PAX East for the same reason where it had planned to show a demo of the upcoming The Last of Us Part II.

Sony GDC 2020

In a statement provided to gamesindustry.biz, Sony Interactive Entertainment said, "We have made the difficult decision to cancel our participation in Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus).

"We felt this was the best option as the situation related to the virus and global travel restrictions are changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern. We look forward to participating in GDC in the future."

FacebookGaming/Oculus will also not be attending GDC for the same reason and instead, will be making announcements it had planned for the conference online.

Last week, GDC said that "around 10" China-based exhibitors have either had to cancel their presence at the show outright or opt to send North American staff instead. GDC is following the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance and taking on several enhanced on-site measures, including an expanded cleaning protocol for the duration of the conference.

The Games Developer Conference takes place between March 16-20.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!