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EA and Kojima Productions pull out of GDC 2020 amid Coronavirus fears

EA's restricting 'non-essential travel' for its employees

EA and Kojima Productions pull out of GDC 2020 amid Coronavirus fears

EA and Kojima Productions pull out of GDC 2020 amid Coronavirus fears

Both EA and Kojima Productions have pulled out of GDC 2020, cancelling all of their planned presentations and discussions. Both companies have cited Coronavirus as their reason for skipping GDC, with EA restricting all non-essential travel for its employees. 

GDC is due to take place between March 16th and March 20th, with the event hosting a variety of enhanced safety measures to alleviate health concerns. Right now, Sony, Facebook, EA and Kojima Productions have decided to skip GDC 2020, but as it stands, GDC will continue without them. 

EA released the following statement to PC Gamer regarding its GDC presence.  

  

   Having closely followed the global situation with Coronavirus and with the recent escalation of cases in new regions, we have decided to take additional steps to protect the wellbeing of our employees including the restriction of all non-essential travel,

As a result we are also cancelling our official participation at GDC and limiting attendance to other events. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will adjust guidelines to our employees as we feel is appropriate.


This announcement comes following an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy, leaving many concerned that Coronavirus will spread further before GDC begins next month. 

Companies like EA and Sony also plan to scale back their attendance of other industry events, including Pax East. Only time will tell whether or not Coronavirus will impoct further-off events like Computex and E3 2020.  

EA and Kojima Productions pull out of GDC 2020 amid Coronavirus fears  

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