CCP Games just canceled April’s EVE Fanfest over coronavirus concerns

    
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Fair fights.

Yesterday, we wrote about ongoing discussions in the EVE Online community about the safety and wisdom in attending EVE Fanfest, then set to run April 2nd through 4th in Reykjavik, Iceland. We’ve seen gaming companies backing out of major gaming events like PAX East and GDC left and right, and especially in China, esports events have been canceled and postponed, all because of fears of inadvertently exacerbating the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But this might mark the first big western event canceled over the not-yet-a-pandemic: CCP Games has just canceled EVE Fanfest 2020. Here’s the whole statement.

“In light of the recent and ongoing global developments surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Fanfest event in Reykjavik, Iceland.

It is with a heavy heart that we make this decision, and we know this news will be disappointing to our wonderful community, but we feel absolutely compelled to follow the most responsible course of action and prioritize the safety and well-being of our attendees, our staff and of course the general Icelandic public.

We realize that the situation a month from now could be very different, but the way events are developing both globally and in Iceland’s neighboring countries, an in-depth and serious review has made it clear that this is a necessary step to take.

We wanted to get this information to you as swiftly as possible in order to allow you to make the necessary changes to any travel or accommodation arrangements that you may have made. We will be providing further details over the course of the next few weeks, so please keep an eye on all EVE Online social media channels for these updates.”

The news comes just an hour after the first case of the virus was confirmed in Iceland.

In other coronavirus news today – and yeah, this has become a thing – League of Legends pro players will apparently be going through two weeks of quarantine and playing their matches online when the pro league resumes in China.

More on the impact of the virus on gaming:

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Nosy Gamer

I received an email letting me know a refund for the event ticket is being processed and I should have the funds in my account in 7 business days. I didn’t have to submit a request for a refund, it happened automatically.

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Bryan Correll

It’s always a bitch to get an outbreak going in Iceland when playing Plague Inc.

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BalsBigBrother

I wonder if it would be possible to pivot this to a twitch stream event instead.

I know one of the main draws of a fanfest is to meet and greet your fellow players and devs etc and given the current situation that part isn’t worth the risk. I applaud CCP for putting people first, both their staff, players and all the folks who would potentially come into contact after they all return home.

Still I would think that rather than totally abandon any prep work already done make a stream event out of it instead. Dev streams and update news etc could still totally be done. While it won’t be the same it is better than nothing

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Techno Wizard

Better to do that than burn money for nothing by hosting an empty fanfest.

We’ll always have Games Games.

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3dom

They should organize it on the continent instead, it’s already infected anyway.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, I feel so bad for all the smaller devs/pubs and industry folks/press that stand to potentially lose thousands/tens of thousands on canceled events. GDC is likely gonna get canceled, but unless they refund EVERYONE (which is doubtful), that’s a huge loss for a lot of smaller companies that simply can’t afford it and may not have insurance that covers a cancellation due to something like this.

Microsoft or Facebook or EA can eat the tens/hundreds of thousands, or even a few million for the bigger buildouts like Sony was going to have at PAX East. That still hurts, but they can roll with the blow and it won’t crush them. But the smaller devs…a $30K small booth/buildout for GDC isn’t something that many can write off and it could very well put many in serious financial problems.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

If everybody in New Eden just stays in their capsules everything will be fine.

I have to imagine the Icelandic government might have suggested that bringing a couple thousand foreigners into the country during this outbreak might not be a great idea.

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Armsbend

This virus can’t survive in space mind you.

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cmdr_cotic

Surprised at the number of people that think these reactions are overblown and that it is no worse than a common cold/flu

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Armsbend

If they didn’t – the 1%’s wealth would be in jeopardy. We cannot have that.

Sidenote: The irony of that statement and my own life are thick indeed.

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Leiloni

Well there’s two sides to that. For the vast majority of people, it’s not really much worse than the flu. They’re sick for a bit, get proper treatment at a hospital, and get through it just fine. However the other side to this is that there’s no vaccine for it yet, so the fact that children, elderly, and other people with an already compromised immune system are at higher risk of complications or death, makes it a bit more dangerous. The flu is already scary for some people on those populations, but the vaccine that most of us get helps to prevent the spread and makes the disease easier to treat as well.

So for most people no, it’s not a huge deal – but for a few reasons it still is a cause for concern for others, and thus for the rest of us. Personally even though I’m healthy and there’s no cases anywhere near me, I’m still going to be careful and stay away from crowds. It’s not like there’s any harm in doing so or anything I’m going to miss.

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Schmidt.Capela

AFAIK children have high resistance to this virus, so it’s mostly adults and elders with pre-existing health issues, in particular those that affect the lungs, that have a dangerously high risk of death. I’m not sure about babies, though.

That being said, every young, healthy person that catches the disease is one more vector that can spread it to vulnerable people. Anyone that catches it due to not caring about prevention could very much be responsible for someone else’s death.