Unity will not attend GDC 2020. It is the latest tech company to pull out of a convention over coronavirus concerns.
In a statement posted on their website, CEO John Riccitiello advised all of its employees to “refrain from traveling to GDC.” He said that the company will instead showcase its GDC content online.
“We take our employees’ wellbeing very seriously. We do not want any Unity employee or partner to compromise their health and safety unnecessarily,” Riccitiello writes.
The Game Developers Conference is an annual gathering of video game developers. This year’s show takes place between March 16 and 20. However, many companies have already withdrawn over concerns related to COVID-19, which is also known as coronavirus.
Among the companies that have already pulled out are Sony, Electronic Arts, Facebook, and Kojima Productions. Unity is just the latest. Other conventions, such as PAX East, are also seeing exhibitors withdraw.
In recent days, the Dow Jones has plummeted over 2,000 points over fears that the virus could damage the global economy. And just today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he would close all schools nationwide to prevent the virus from spreading in that country.