The Game Developers Conference (GDC) was postponed over COVID-19 coronavirus fears, but the show will live on through streamed conferences that be blasted onto Twitch.
GDC 2020 organizers Informa Tech announced on the official Game Developers Conference website that they will be streaming conferences directly on Twitch, replacing the physical live sessions that were planned (as they are every year).
During the 5-day GDC 2020 week, the official GDC Twitch channel will be streaming the planned conferences between 9AM and 5PM PST.
There will also be virtual award ceremonies for The Independent Games Festival (IGF) and the Game Developers Choice Awards (GDC) that will be streamed on March 18, at 5PM PST / 8 PM EST.
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Apple has recently postponed an event over coronavirus, where it was due to unveil new iPhones and a new iPad.
New York Governor Cuomo has established a 1-mile containment zone in New Rochelle over the spread of coronavirus / COVID-19 in New York, while Google has recently asked all staff based in Canada or the United States to work from home if they can. Apple has just canceled an event where it was due to unveil a successor to the iPhone SE, and a new iPad, too.
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We've seen some gigantic events being canceled or postponed over coronavirus / COVID-19 fears, with Mobile World Congress, the Game Developers Conference, Google I/O, Facebook's F8 developer conference -- and even chatter from Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, with the IOC talking about outright canceling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Google has also ended all of its in-person job interviews for now over coronavirus fears, instead shifting to a digital-only Hangouts meeting for future employees. Twitter is also "strongly encouraging" its employees to work from home if possible, while Amazon has halted its near 800,000 strong workforce from all non-essential travel over coronavirus / COVID-19 fears.
But don't worry, gamers... as AMD has confirmed that the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launches are "on track" for later this year and that coronavirus hasn't forced a delay for these launches (yet).
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Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:29 pm CDT
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