The Game Developers Conference for 2020 has officially been postponed. The announcement was made after numerous individual companies changed their plans to attend due to the growing concern surrounding COVID-19, a type of coronavirus. Originally taking in place in March, GDC 2020 will now be held “later in the summer” though a specific date has not been announced yet.
Here’s the full announcement from GDC:
After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.
We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at GDC. For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.
Just about every day since 2020 has begun, there have been dozens upon dozens of news reports surrounding COVID-19. The outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, has been wreaking growing havoc on a global scale. With the threat of the virus hitting critical mass, various large-scale events have either been canceled or postponed. So, GDC is just another one of the growing number of events that have been affected by the threat of COVID-19.
Other big gaming events like E3 have not yet been postponed. That won’t happen until June, so the threat could potentially be under control by then.
The COVID-19 coronavirus has also had a domino effect in other aspects of the gaming world, such as the manufacturing of new consoles being severely constrained.