“After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.
“Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.”
However, GDC is still determined to host an event this year.
“We fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.”
While the cancellation might be good news for those worried about health and safety, it also hurts the developers who had spent a notable sum of money to attend the event. In response, Gamedev.world tweeted that they have set up a fundraiser called the GDC Relief Fund that will run from March 28 to April 3.
Many developers have spent a significant amount of money on travel, hotel, & visas to go to a cancelled GDC.@gamedevworld is announcing fundraising efforts March 28th-April 3rd for the GDC Relief Fund to help alleviate marginalized developers' burdens. https://t.co/TqJIMZJgyY
— gamedev.world (@gamedevworld) February 29, 2020
“If you had a talk ready for an upcoming event you can’t no longer attend and would like to present it during the @gamedevworld public efforts to raise money in support of @wingsfundme’[s] GDC Relief Fund, please reach out to email@example.com,” they added.