The annual Game Developers Conference has postponed its planned March 16th-20th event, following in the wake of five other tech conferences being cancelled this week due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The GDC was in jeopardy following Microsoft, Activision, Blizzard, Epic and Unity and others dropping out and all citing COVID-19 concerns.
The conference will issue refunds and said attendees who booked hotel rooms through the conference would not be charged fees for cancelling. The conferences producers say they “fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer”.
With increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus worldwide, the film and TV industry is also being heavily impacted. CBS has suspended “The Amazing Race” production while a new “Survivor” is not going into production on a new season. There’s also talk of the Summer Olympics being possibly postponed or moved from Tokyo.
Studios are also said to be trying to determine if they should move major releases to avoid debuting films in parts of the world where coronavirus is spreading. They’re also assessing what impact those delays, and delays on film productions, will have on other movies scheduled to debut later in 2020 and 2021.