(Update)Coronavirus leads to Amazon and Activision GDC, EVE Fanfest 2020, and Capcom Pro Tour event cancellations

Coronavirus continues to take its toll on the games industry as more companies have confirmed cancellations of events and appearances. Leading the latest list of these is Amazon which announced it would no longer be present at GDC, following in the footsteps of Sony, Microsoft, EA, Epic, Unity, and Facebook. In a statement on its AWS site Amazon said:

To our friends across the industry,


AWS has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco due to continued concerns over COVID-19.

While we won’t get to see everyone at GDC this year, we still have exciting things to share. AWS Game Tech has decided to host a global online event, open to everyone, to showcase our planned content for GDC and more.

Outside of the GDC cancellations CCP Games confirmed it has cancelled the EVE Fanfest 2020 that was to be held in Reyjavik next month. The full statement reads:

Dear Capsuleers,

In light of the recent and ongoing global developments surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Fanfest event in Reykjavik, Iceland.

It is with a heavy heart that we make this decision, and we know this news will be disappointing to our wonderful community, but we feel absolutely compelled to follow the most responsible course of action and prioritize the safety and well-being of our attendees, our staff and of course the general Icelandic public.

We realize that the situation a month from now could be very different, but the way events are developing both globally and in Iceland’s neighboring countries, an in-depth and serious review has made it clear that this is a necessary step to take.

We wanted to get this information to you as swiftly as possible in order to allow you to make the necessary changes to any travel or accommodation arrangements that you may have made. We will be providing further details over the course of the next few weeks, so please keep an eye on all EVE Online social media channels for these updates.

Fly safe.

Finally, but probably not likely the last cancellation that will occur, Capcom announced that it would not be hosting certain events of the Capcom Pro Tour. Those events include the Brussels Challenge 2020, Norcal Regionals 2020, and April Annihilation 2020. Any points that were to be allocated during these events will be removed from the pool. The company states it will continue to monitor the situation as it continues and it may modify the schedule further.

Update: Activision has now confirmed it is in instructing all employees to avoid attending GDC too.

Source: Amazon/CCP Games/Twitter 

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