GDC 2020: Activision Blizzard cancels attendance plans due to coronavirus

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As the looming concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus grow, Activision Blizzard joins the ever-growing list of publishers and developers that have withdrawn from GDC 2020.

GDC 2020 is looking to be all-but-canceled in 2020 as looming fears surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus continue. Activision Blizzard has revealed via social media, that they are withdrawing from the event, stressing that the safety of their employees’ health is of the utmost importance to them, aside from the importance of the event.

Activision Blizzard joins the teams at Epic Games, Facebook, Kojima Productions, Microsoft, and Sony, who have withdrawn from the event, however, those looking to attend can still find a massive amount of exhibitors who have yet to withdraw from the show.

Meanwhile, you can check out Activision’s posts about their attendance withdrawal down below:

At this time, the official GDC 2020 website has also updated its section regarding the COVID-19 virus, stating, “We are closely monitoring the COVID19 (coronavirus) situation and want to assure everyone that your health and safety are a top priority. If our assessment of the situation changes, based on new and evolving developments or updated information, we will promptly update this statement regarding the status of GDC 2020 accordingly.”

The event is expected to take place from March 16th until March 20th, 2020, in San Francisco, California. At this point, it’s almost looking like the best idea is to cancel the event altogether and prepare for 2021.

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