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Activision Blizzard GDC 2020 Plans Canceled Due to the Coronavirus

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Both the Activision and Blizzard GDC 2020 plans have been canceled as a result of concerns about the coronavirus. Both the publisher and the developer announced on Twitter that they will not be attending the event. In each statement, the importance of GDC was stressed, but it was noted that concern for employees’ health was more importance.

Here is Activision’s full statement regarding GDC 2020.

Here is the Blizzard GDC 2020 statement.

Many of the Blizzard GDC 2020 plans involved World of Warcraft. For example, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas was going to hold a “15 Years of ‘WoW’: Designing for the Very, Very Long-Term” session, Engine Graphics Engineer Max Rahm was going to help present the “For the Alliance! ‘World of Warcraft’ and Intel discuss an Optimized Azeroth” Intel-sponsored session, and Senior Software Engineer Joseph Cochran and Principal Software Engineer Kurtis McCathern were going to be in charge of the “War Stories from Azeroth” session.

The official GDC 2020 website also updated its Novel Coronavirus & GDC Information section on February 28, 2020. It stated, “We are closely monitoring the COVID19 (coronavirus) situation and want to assure everyone that your health and safety are a top priority. If our assessment of the situation changes, based on new and evolving developments or updated information, we will promptly update this statement regarding the status of GDC 2020 accordingly.”

GDC 2020 will be held March 16-20, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Epic Games, Facebook, Kojima Productions, Microsoft, and Sony won’t be attending.

Jenni Lada
Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.