Coronavirus Outbreak Creating a Wedge in GDC 2020: Unity Calls off its Participation at the Event

GDC: The Game Developers Conference is one of the biggest events for the gaming community. Held in different countries every year, the conference would be taking place in California. The dates are, for now, from 16th March to the 20th. There is a standing issue though. The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus has disrupted the market altogether. Looking at financial institutions in particular and we can see that the Asian Stock market hasn’t seen such a hit in years. While it started out in Wuhan, China, the virus is quickly spreading.

It was earlier this year that we got to know of a couple of reported cases in Europe. Not to mention, the US government is preparing to fight the epidemic as well.

That clearly has a negative impact on the conference as well. As we got to know from a twitter announcement, Unity decided that it would not be hosting a booth at GDC 2020. This is because of the COVID-19 alert caused due to the spread of Coronavirus. The tweet can be seen below

Why Back Out?

According to the game development giant, the decision is to safeguard its employees and customers. In this regard, there may be more companies ready to back out as well. Keep this going and we might see the conference not happen at all.

In fact, there is a floating rumor regarding this development as well. This would be uncertain if more giants of the industry start to back out. We may even see it to be called off if the organizers realize that it is a general health hazard. This is because people come from all over the world and currently, even with a rigorous screening process, there are reported cases. Given that the US government is taking serious action and the recent bill which is under consideration to work against the epidemic, we may see them cancel the event altogether. We still have a couple of weeks till the actual conference and we’d know for sure in the weeks to come.


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Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.
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