The GDC Awards will be held virtually
What seemed inevitable finally happened. The Game Developers Conference has been postponed, as convention organizers try to avoid a complete cancellation.
GDC sent the following statement:
After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference to March.
After spending the last year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors and event partners, we are truly upset and disappointed that we cannot welcome you at this time.
We would like to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone reminds us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects with GDC. For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will work with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.
This comes after many major video game companies pulled out of GDC over the past two weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. This list includes: Epic, Unity, Microsoft, Amazon, Activision-Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Oculus, Gearbox, Sony, PUBG Corp, Iron Galaxy, and Kojima Productions.
However, a mainstay of the GDC will still take place, albeit virtually. The Indie Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards ceremonies will be streamed online via Twitch.
As for registered attendees, they will be eligible to receive a full refund for their conference pass and accommodation (in case they booked through the GDC Hotel website). Information regarding this process will be available next week. Presumably, plans for this summer release of GDC will be put on hold until everyone knows more about the coronavirus situation.
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