EA is the latest publisher to cancel its GDC 2020 plans over concerns about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
EA’s plans were first outed by DICE’s Erik Ortman.
“Unfortunately news just came down that EA will not be attending GDC due to Coronavirus concerns, meaning I won’t get the opportunity to give my talk or meet some of you,” he wrote. “Hopefully a new chance next year!”
In a statement to Gamespot, EA confirmed it would be skipping GDC this year.
“Having closely followed the global situation with coronavirus and with the recent escalation of cases in new regions, we have decided to take additional steps to protect the well-being of our employees including the restriction of all non-essential travel,” EA’s statement reads.
“As a result we are also cancelling our official participation at GDC and limiting attendance to other events. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will adjust guidelines to our employees as we feel is appropriate.”
Other activites impacted by the novel coronavirus include Kojima Productions cancelling its GDC 2020 plans, Overwatch League cancelling Korean matches, Sony cancelling planned activities at PAX East, Square Enix cancelling plans at PAX East, Switch stocks, the Switch release of The Outer Worlds and the Taipei Game Show.