Blizzard has now bowed out of GDC 2020 over coronavirus fears


At this point, it might be easier to just write a post on the companies that are going to attend this year’s Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, as most of the bigs have all backed out. The latest? Blizzard, which has cited coronavirus concerns as its motive.

“Blizzard will no longer attend this year’s @Official_GDC due to growing concerns related to COVID-19. The health and well-being of our teams is our highest priority,” the studio tweeted. “The conference is and has always been an important event for our developers, so we look forward to participating in the future.”

Earlier today, we reported on CCP Games’ decision to cancel its April EVE Fanfest in Iceland. As of yesterday, however, GDC showrunners maintained that the March event would still continue on, in spite of the exit of companies including Amazon, Epic Games, Facebook, and Microsoft.

More on the impact of the virus on gaming:

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GDC itself has now been postponed. Full story here.

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I’ll probably just skip going to conventions this year till this all blows over.

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“The health and well-being of our teams is our highest priority. But if one them does catch it then we hope they’ll take our incentives and let us track them with it.”

Hikari Kenzaki

Honestly, once Microsoft, Epic and Unity were out (the 3 biggest ways you develop games) the conference is pretty pointless for anyone else to attend.


Man… this has me thinking about NY ComicCon :( I.. er.. my kid would be PISSED if it got cancelled.

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Knowing that at least one more big company is pulling out, and that tons of others are having super serious discussions about this…I just can’t see the show happening this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce a cancellation by the end of the day, but I’m fully expecting it to get officially canceled by next Friday. Especially if they lost 2-3 more big outlets.

And moreso if they lose even more attendees. Seen tons of dev attendees (not showing games) say they’re not going any longer on socials, and I know a few outlets have either pulled their staff from going or are having those same serious discussions.

I just hope GDC refunds everyone for tickets etc., especially the smaller guys that can’t eat these costs. If they can figure out some way to have a more “digital” show that’d be grand, but I don’t see how they’d work that out with this show.

Coldin Torrence

Wow. Who even will be at GDC at this point?

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“Blizzard will no longer attend this year’s @Official_GDC due to growing concerns related to our sensitive and bashful nature. The mental health and well-being of our teams is our highest priority and we just can’t take saying sorry again…for you know Warcraft III: Reforged”.


Ashes of Creation also announced on their stream today that they’re not going, either. They’re just doing a stream instead of the stuff they were going to preview. Nobody is going lol!

And on another WoW note, I saw a few streamers today (Towelliee and some other people I didn’t know) getting ready to stream Shadowlands Alpha but then it sounded like it was moved to tomorrow maybe. So, perhaps Alpha news/gameplay video soon?