Amidst the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, major tech events and conferences are being cancelled.
As far as three major events are called off, and the future of the Game Developers Conference is under a similar threat. This unusual disruption is because of the disease that has left the whole world shaken, COVID-19.
The cancelling of events by Facebook, Microsoft, Google are signalling towards the pandemic spread of the coronavirus.
Facebook officially called off its event, F8, though it had attracted more than thousands of attendees last year. Alternatively, it declared to put up small local events and do live streaming.
Microsoft too, along with Epic games announced the cancellation of one of the major video game industry conferences, Game Developers Conference, in San Francisco for March 16 to 17.
“The health and safety of players, developers, employees, and our partners around the world are our top priority,” Microsoft stated. It also assured to host an online event on the same day with sessions on cloud gaming, panel discussions on game development, inclusive game design, online gaming, its new hardware, and game streaming.
Even the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona has been dropped altogether.
The authorities are concerned primarily about the San Fransico Bay Area, which has the most travellers to and from China. Earlier, Facebook had also called off an event in March due to similar reasons.
Google is also planning on hosting its event in a similar area in the USA in May. It’s maintaining a keen watch on the announcements of the World Health Organization and following the precautionary measures.
As of today, Coronavirus has claimed about 2,810 lives and affected 80,000 people. The health experts predict less to no signs of containing the same.