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HBO won't be attending SXSW due to Coronavirus fears

HBO is now the latest company to pull out of attending South by Southwest (SXSW)

Jak Connor | Mar 6, 2020 at 01:35 am CST (1 min, 43 secs reading time)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is sparking fear in many people and companies across the globe and rightfully so. Now, another company has pulled out of a trade show due to worries over contracting the virus.

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According to a report by CNET, HBO will now join Facebook, Apple, Netflix, and Twitter by pulling out of South by Southwest (SXSW). At the moment, despite big companies such as the ones previously mentioned, SXSW is still going ahead, but the event organizers are "working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event."

SXSW is scheduled to begin on March 13th, and even if the festival goes ahead it will be one of the smallest years in its history. If SXSW ends up being canceled it will add to a growing list of industry events being canceled due to fears of the spread. At the moment, the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Mobile World Congress (MWC) and Google I/O event have already been canceled.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:34 pm CDT

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Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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