Microsoft and Epic are no longer attending GDC 2020

By Sean Carey,
The list of gaming companies pulling out of scheduled events and conferences continues to grow with Microsoft and Epic being the latest to pull out of this year's Game Developers Conference. Both have cited concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.

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A statement over on Microsoft's Game Stack blog reads, "After a close review of guidance by global health authorities and out of an abundance of caution, we've made the difficult decision to withdraw from participating at Game Developers Conference 2020 in San Francisco. The health and safety of players, developers, employees, and our partners around the world is our top priority. Especially as the world is experiencing growing public health risks associated with Coronavirus."

Instead of attending the conference, Microsoft will now be holding a digital-only event in its place. From March 16-18th, the previously planned game developer sessions will be streamed live over on the Game Stack website. Live streams will cover topics such as cloud and game development technologies, intentionally inclusive game design, next-gen hardware and game streaming. Developers from Double Fine, inXile, Compulsion, Rare, Obsidian and Undead Labs will also speak during the streams.

Microsoft said that its Gaming for Everyone event would not be a part of the upcoming live streams.

Epic has also pulled out of GDC 2020. Announced over on the Unreal Engine Twitter account, the company has decided not to attend due to the uncertainty around health concerns for its employees. Epic was due to hold its annual State of Unreal keynote at the conference.

EA, Kojima Productions and Sony all announced that they would be withdrawing from GDC 2020. Several other publishers have also cancelled or amended scheduled appearances at PAX East.
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, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.