Unity CEO John Riccitiello announced that the company will no longer attend this year's Game Developers Conference.
Riccitiello announced the announcement in a blog post today, confirming that growing concerns about the coronavirus should be blamed on the decision.
"Unfortunately, this year, after careful consideration, we made a difficult decision to withdraw from the 2020 GDC." "Although we cannot easily make this decision, we are currently using COVID-19 (also known as the new crown type) Virus) situation is too risky. We take the welfare of employees very seriously. We do not want any Unity employees or partners to unnecessarily harm their health and safety.
"We advise all employees not to go to GDC. We will no longer have actual booths, but instead will showcase the outstanding GDC content that we have been working on online. Look forward to more details in the coming weeks."
The game engine developer is the latest company to withdraw from Coronavirus 2020 due to growing concerns about coronavirus. It wasn't until last week that EA confirmed that it would withdraw from this year's GDC in San Francisco, citing concerns over recent cases of coronavirus. In addition, Sony, Oculus and Kojima Productions have all recently confirmed that they will not participate in this year's event.
To date, the coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation of the Taipei Game Show originally scheduled for February and has managed to disrupt China's manufacturing operations. This loss is expected to reach Nintendo's Switch supply in April.
GDC 2020 will proceed as planned and will be held from March 16th to 20th next month.