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Facebook pull out of GDC 2020 over coronavirus public health risk

Facebook has just announced that it's pulling out of GDC 2020 in fear of the COVID-19 outbreak

Jak Connor | Feb 21, 2020 at 02:34 am CST (1 min, 20 secs reading time)

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 is just around the corner, and with fears over the coronavirus (now re-named to COVID-19) fans were wondering if GDC was going ahead.

Facebook pull out of GDC 2020 over coronavirus public health risk | TweakTown.com

Facebook has recently taken its blog to announce an important update in regards to their presence at GDC 2020. According to the post, due to the now rampant fears of the COVID-19 virus, "Facebook's AR/VR and Gaming teams will not be attending GDC this year." Not only is Facebook not making an appearance at GDC this year, but they are also advising all employees to refrain from travel during the show.

Instead of going to GDC 2019, Facebook has said that they plan on hosting their own partner meetings remotely in the coming weeks. To make up for their in-person announces, Facebook will be posting videos on the "Facebook Gaming developer website". This isn't the first trade show to feel the hit of companies pulling out over fears of COVID-19, the entire Mobile World Conference was cancelled, more on that here.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:35 pm CDT

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