GDC 2020 has officially been postponed due to ongoing concerns over the Coronavirus.
The organizers issued an official statement, which you can read below.
After close consultation with partners in the game development industry & community around the world, organizers have made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.
Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.
We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions, and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at GDC. For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.
This isn’t surprising as these past weeks several major companies, including Microsoft and Sony, announced that they would not be attending the event for the very same reasons. It’s unfortunate news, but when there is a great concern for the spread of a deadly virus, it’s for the best to avoid large gatherings to lower the spread rate. Thankfully, many studios and publishers are planning their own online streaming event to make up for the missed announcements during these events, so not all is doom and gloom. GDC is set to resume sometimes this Summer, we’ll share details once they become available.
The next main event, E3, is still currently planned for this June. Though if conditions worsen with the Coronavirus, chances are the event will also be put on hold, or canceled altogether. We will just have to wait as we near closer to the event’s start date.