With quite a few major publishers and tech companies pulling out of the annual Game Developers Conference
in recent weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus (to name a few: Sony, Microsoft, Epic Games, Unity, Activision, and EA) comes official word
from GDC 2020 organisers that this year's planned March event is being postponed.
With the full statement as follows:
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.
It's worth highlighting that this isn't a cancellation, as per above there are plans to continue with the event a few months down the track. But, with hundreds of indie studios and thousands of developers taking the time to plan around specific dates in March it will remain to be seen if this ends up being scaled back. In light of the changes, GDC is offering full refunds to attendees in addition to working with partner hotels to waive cancellation fees for rooms - which is great to see.