It looks like the novel coronavirus has once again successfully put the kibosh on another major convention here in the US. San Diego Comic Con has officially been cancelled due to the ongoing epidemic. Readers will recall that the event organizers had previously sought to delay the event, but monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by California governor Gavin Newsom have made it clear that holding the event in 2020 would be dangerous.
“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said a spokesperson. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”
Those who have either purchased badges or vendor space for the 2020 event will be receiving informational emails soon about how to either get a refund or transfer their purchases to the 2021 event, which is currently scheduled for July 22 through 25. Additionally, those who booked hotels through the onPeak service will see their rooms cancelled and any deposits made refunded without further action.
More on the impact of the virus on gaming:
• Aug 30: EVE London is returning with a physical viewing party of the Alliance Tournament on November 6
• Aug 22: Gamescom 2021 touts over 70 devs and publishers, highlights panels on education and societal change
• Aug 10: PAX Australia 2021 has been canceled due to COVID, replaced by online event
• Aug 3: Q2 2021: Activision revenues are up, Blizzard MAUs are down amid sexism scandal
• Aug 2: Massively Uplifting: Summer goodness from SOLO, EVE, Bungie, Warframe, and Guild Wars
• Jul 27: PAX West 2021 will require attendees to prove they’re vaccinated or COVID-free
• Jul 16: PAX East 2021: Gaming streamers are frontline workers, not mental health experts
• Jul 13: Multiplayer survival shooter Vigor brings back classic cosmetics with its first Legacy season
• Jul 1: Here are the cities around the world that’ll host Pokemon Go Fest 2021
• These are just our last few articles; click here for the full roundup of our coronavirus coverage back to January
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