The coronavirus has shut down another six gaming and tech events

    
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Another day, another round of gaming and tech event cancellations over growing fears of the spreading coronavirus.

Epic Games, which had already exited GDC even before that was canceled, has now canceled its own event, Unreal Fest Europe in Prague, which wasn’t set to launch until the very end of April. “Due to uncertainty around health concerns and travel, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event,” the company says.

Nvidia has turned GTC 2020 into an online-only affair. It’s still scheduled for March 22nd to 26th, but it won’t be at its physical location in San Jose, California.

Facebook has put an end to this year’s F8 conference, also in San Jose. It wasn’t slated until early May. The corportation says it aims to “prioritise the health and safety of [its] developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on.”

GamesFirst London 2020 has thrown in the towel because of the virus. “[W]e see no other responsible alternative,” organizers write. It was originally slated for April 1st.

Google’s I/O 2020 is also a no-go. “Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” Google told The Verge.

And finally, Riot Games was originally scheduled to run hands-on gameplay events for the newly announced Valorant shooter through March, but last night the studio announced it was canceling those to avoid “the health risks.” It sounds as if they’ll be back as online ventures.

E3 has still not been canceled.

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Grimmtooth

Add to that: Atlassian Summit, which is a tech event but not a game event.

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Mewmew

I’m still voting for online virtual conventions :D

It seems that Nvidia has moved in that direction in a limited capacity. I would like to see this happen on a much larger level though with some major conventions.

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Toy Clown

I find this whole coronavirus thing a bit surreal, largely due to having opted myself out of most forms of media and world news over the past 10 years. (It’s something I did to help improve my mindset.) My news sources are directly related to what my friends are talking about and what I read in gaming news.

Where I live, it’s not in anyone’s view that when someone comes down with something that it’s potentially “deadly serious” and we’re going about our lives.

When news like this pokes its head into my limited news sources, I scratch my head and realize I’m probably lucky to live in a place that breeds lore around aliens, Chupacabra, spirit walkers, and werewolves.

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Vaeris

Being responsible really isn’t that hard. You just have to try a little.

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Techno Wizard

They should do some streaming events. It’s not that difficult since conventions and other events have streamed for years.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Stuff is real when big business starts to take it seriously. BBC headline from this morning:

Release of new James Bond film put back by seven months to November as coronavirus continues to spread around the world

They are worried people won’t go out and see movies. That is going to make the Spring Fantasy Movie League season interesting.

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Alex Willis

Current epidemiological predictions put the worst case scenario for the COVID-19 spread to be eliminated in its entirety as long as a year from now. Consumer patterns are already shifting heavily, so yeah, what we’ve come to know as “seasons” for film might change overnight.

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Jon Wax

Lotta small business es are going to go under from the money loss. Could get worse still

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Cypher

OMG, did this happen with SARS? Swine flu? Bird flu? etc. etc….

Pretty sure SARS had an approx. 10% mortality rate compared to the less than 3% of the current outbreak (9 confirmed deaths in the US… out of a pop of around 300m)… also SARS was caused by a coronavirus strain too so it’s not a new thing, just a new variant of something that’s been around for millennia… and “NEW ” Simply means not previously catalogued.

Just another example of global panic driven by sensationalist media and an uninformed public.

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Bryan Correll

That the diseases you list failed to spread further than they did is in large part due to the fact that they were taken seriously and strong steps were made to contain them. It’s a matter of closing the barn door before the horse gets out.

I suggest you read up on the 1918 flu pandemic (often called the Spanish Flu despite it being very unlikely that Spain was the origin,) which killed as many as 100 million people between 1918 and 1920.

Edit: And “new” often does, in fact, mean new. Viruses mutate. That’s why the flu vaccine is always being reformulated.

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Alex Willis

I work in health care. I can assure you that most of your information is incorrect.

There is no global panic and media has not sensationalized this. This is a serious pandemic.

You need to spend a little time educating yourself.

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Mewmew

More people have died already from COVID-19 than *all* of the stuff you mentioned *combined*. That should tell you something about this new virus.

There is far more to this that makes it dangerous than the mortality rate. There are far too many unknowns about it at the moment. It spreads much easier, it has a much longer incubation period. People have it a long time without knowing it. It is extremely difficult to contain. The death rate may be lower, but many more people are getting it causing the number of people to die to be much higher.

As I said, more people have died from it already than all the stuff you mentioned combined. How many people do you know and love? How many of them are acceptable losses because someone wants to go to a populated physical convention when they are warned not to and brings the virus back to your area?

Underestimating this virus is not something anybody should do. It’s bad enough already but one little mutation that changes the death rate, and we are really in for it. The more people who catch it, the more likely it is to mutate.

I don’t care if people are stupid enough to want to expose themselves to it. What I care about is them exposing themselves and then bringing it back around me and my family, causing a high-risk elderly person I care for to catch it and not live through it.

We shouldn’t have to suffer because other people feel they’re willing to take the risk. We all sometimes have to do things we may not like or want to because it is the responsible thing to do.

We’re mostly getting on board with trying to contain it, but any single person that isn’t on board can infect entire areas that haven’t been exposed. People are dying from it. If you bring it to an otherwise unexposed area you would be responsible for many deaths that wouldn’t have happened.

This isn’t being blown out of proportion, if anything they’re underselling it.

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Aiun Tanks

We shouldn’t have to suffer because other people feel they’re willing to take the risk. We all sometimes have to do things we may not like or want to because it is the responsible thing to do.

This is, incidentally, why we’re going to make ourselves extinct. Whether it’s overpopulation, climate apocalypse, antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’, or a combination of all of the above happening at once that results in war that only makes all of the above much worse. Not wanting to do what’s better for the greater good is what’s going to get us extinct.

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Fisty

Smart moves. I am a little worried about the comic con I have tickets for in late March.

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Jon Wax

Debating taking a loss on a plane ticket

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hachibushu

I skipped the one locally because of this. Cons are hives of infectious disease at the best of time- I can remember several cases of ConCrud during my time attending.