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Facebook And Sony Withdraw From The Game Developers Conference

Facebook and Sony are withdrawing from participation in GDC due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.

“We’re removing Facebook Gaming and Oculus booth footprints and advising all employees to refrain from travel during the show, ” a statement from the company reads.

Facebook is the latest major company to withdraw from a technology conference due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Gamesindustry.biz also reported Sony was withdrawing from the conference as well. These are unlikely to be the last companies to withdraw from the event. Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was to be held next week before it was entirely cancelled and the Game Developers Conference, aka GDC, is slated for March 16 to 20.

“We had a minimal activation PAX East, but due to concerns around COVID-19, we’re unable to send any employees to support the activation. We’re eager to attend and participate in future PAX events,” a Facebook spokesperson added.

Facebook also said recently it expected an impact on production of its Oculus Quest standalone VR headset due to the virus and the AR startup Tilt Five said the earliest shipments to backers of its tabletop kit could be impacted as well.

This news is breaking. Updates to come.

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