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The Game Developers Conference is Canceled

 
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Deirdre
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:46 pm    Post subject: The Game Developers Conference is Canceled Reply with quote

Crikey-- the word just came.

They're calling it a "Postponement". But the March event is off.

https://gdconf.com/news/important-gdc-2020-update
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crud. do you think it's coronavirus related?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that if they had any reason to want to cancel, coronavirus is a perfect excuse to back away without people screaming too loudly. Before saying it is or it isn't related to this, I'd really like to see the ticket sales and sponsorship packages left unsold. They may have been handed a get out of jail free card.

Me, cynical?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you? never.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally Corona Virus related.

Last year there were about 27,000 attendees, and it was on track to be even bigger this year.
It started with the big industry names withdrawing from the conference: Sony, EA, Tencent. Unity, Unreal. These companies were unwilling to have their people travel right now from what I heard.

Thousands of meetings were canceled. The whole event became a house of cards.

Thousands of people have non-refundable plane and hotel reservations. Fear of a pandemic isn't covered with trip insurance. So San Francisco will still be flooded with people from all around the world, but all the parties will be unofficial.

On a purely selfish note, I wasn't attending this year anyway for reasons. So I dodged a bulled of indirect sorts.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The corporate types let LLC Games take the hit. Sadly, there are so many who were looking for that one opportunity, not exclusively Voice Actors. They have probably begged, stolen, borrowed and maxed out multiple sources of credit to get there.

Realistically will they meet a major mover and shaker? No. Whilst they will make friends that was not the plan. THAT SUCKS!
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