Many Developers and Companies from the likes of Sony, Facebook, Unity and more have been pulling out from conferences left and right due to the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus.
Microsoft hadn’t pulled out of any events up until today, it has just been announced by Microsoft that they’ll be skipping out on the Game Developers Conference that they were originally set to appear at. The news came out earlier today with Microsoft announcing that they won’t have a physical appearance at the conference but will have a “digital-only” appearance.
Microsoft, Team Game StackAfter 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 (COVID-19).
In light of this, we plan to move our presence to a digital-only event March 16-18th held on www.microsoft.com/gamestack. This event will feature the majority of our planned game developer sessions and experiences, which will be streamed live and available on demand.
Here’s what you can expect to see:
•Join us to learn about the latest in cloud and game development technologies through our technical talks and developer demos
•Tune into panel discussions with industry leaders about the evolution of game development, intentionally inclusive game design, the increasing role of online services, next gen hardware, and the future of game streaming.
•Get a behind-the-scenes look into design and development decisions made by the creators of Minecraft and Gears of War, and hear from Xbox Game Studios teams Double Fine, inXile, Compulsion, Rare, Obsidian, and Undead Labs
Game Developers Conference will run from March 16th to March 20th in San Francisco.