The Game Developers Conference, or GDC 2020, is set for March at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California. It is expected to run for four days from March 16th to 20th.
It seems that GDC has been facing the withdrawal of developers, reasons being the outbreak of the Corona Virus. The latest withdrawal being Unreal Engine Games at Epic due to health concerns, there are rumors of the decision by officials to cancel the whole event for this year.
The GDC event consists of the showcase of various developing works related to gaming overall. With them hosting The Game Developers Choice Awards and Independent Games Festival, the event consists of programming, visual arts, professional coverage of in-game content and much more all done by industry professionals all in the course of what the gaming industry holds. It is considered to be one of the largest professional game industry events related to gaming news.
The GDC has also hosted events in China, an example being the GDC China in 2007. This was for the reason for affirming the growing gaming industry of china that year. The last one being in the region in 2012, it has since been canceled.
The withdrawal of Microsoft was previously noticed and now adds Epic’s name to the line that already includes Sony, Facebook, and Unity. This makes a large part of the event already detained in terms of the variety that it has normally showcased annually up till now.
The news of the withdrawal was met with much disappointment by followers on Twitter. This is the tweet:
The news of the outbreak of the virus of Chinese origin has put San Francisco into a state of Emergency. It has already affected a large part of the industry with the cancellation of events and tournaments. It has also resulted in the delay of various tech and hardware surrounding the gaming and Esports industry.
The GDC has had a history of hosting the latest news. The previous GDC of 2019 was the award giver to God of War. It was honored with the prize for ‘Game of the Year’ at the 19th annual Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony. The ‘Best in Play’ awards also hailed titles such as Quench by Axon Interactive, Inner Friend by Playmind and more.
In the circumstance of this year’s cancellation, there shall be much disappointment and disapproval by the expecting audience. There is the possibility of a Streamed event to take place in place of a fully canceled event. The withdrawals have surely been a burden for the expecting attendees. This is another factor that is being seen currently by the event organizers in their decision regarding this event in March. There were even rumors of the latest news on Playstation’s PS5 showcasing at the event, unfortunately, the company withdrew early.
There is no specific confirmation of what the outcome will be, but only time will tell if GFC shall hold this year.