Joining what's already becoming a long line of companies backing out of this year's Game Developers Conference, EA announced that they too will be cancelling participation in any official GDC events, advising their employees to do the same.
Writing on his LinkedIn profile, EA's ad product development specialist wrote, "Hello all. Just received word from corporate, and EA will be limiting our presence at GDC, cancelling our participation in official GDC events, and all EA employees have been advised to not travel to San Francisco for the conference."
EA insist that the recent developments in regards to the Coronavirus, i.e. its emergence in other regions, were more than enough reason enough to back out.
"We have decided to take additional steps to protect the wellbeing of our employees including the restriction of all non-essential travel", they told PCGamer.
As you've probably heard, Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions, the PlayStation maker and even Facebook had cancelled their participation earlier.
Game Developer's Conference is one of the major events for industry professionals, and while it's certainly sad news for so many companies to skip GDC 2020, safety takes precedence. Considering the sheer size of the three companies, doubly so.
Naturally, GDC 2020 is hardly the only event that was affected by the dreaded virus, as events, expos and competitions are being cancelled left and right. Heck, Epic Games Store even removed Pandemic from their free games offer over the negative connotations the word may have on modern consumers.
It isn't very different with PAX East either, as Sony, Square Enix and Capcom announced practically the same thing - limiting their presence, although that shouldn't significantly affect the timing of any releases.