The outbreak of coronavirus has become a global concern now. The first case of coronavirus infection was recorded at a live meat market in Wuhan, China, in December. It has since spread to more than 101 countries according to WHO, including the European regions, regions of Americas, Western Pacific region and parts of Asia.
The Indian government has started cancelling visas of the people coming from China, Italy and Iran. As the number of the coronavirus cases increased to 43 the government has ordered all telecom firms to make a 30-second audio clip on coronavirus as a caller tune of mobile phone users to create awareness among masses about the epidemic — an order that state-owned BSNL and Reliance Jio have fully complied with while other telcos are to follow.
The virus can infect anybody coming in the radius of less than one meter ( three feet) of the affected. The fear of infection has created a panic scene around as people are cancelling travelling plans, social meetings, gatherings, airport visit and many more where the virus could spread from one to many. In addition to that many companies have called off their names form the participation list of big events as there are high chances of spreading infection.
The coronavirus outbreak has become a worldwide phenomenon and because of which events are being cancelled and postponed around the globe to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The first major cancellation was Mobile World Congress, which had expected to draw 100,000 people to Barcelona. The cancellation of events continued with Intel’s Intel Labs Day then Facebook’s annual Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco and more. The remarkable one which has tremor the gaming Industry was the postponement of The Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco.
The event, which has run since 1988, was expected to take place from 16 March to 20 March but the outbreak has made it organisers to postpone the event. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, companies like Sony, Microsoft, Epic Games, Unity, Activision Blizzard, Amazon, and Facebook, including Oculus, all cancelled their plans to attend the show, citing health concerns related to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
This was followed by MipTV, the international television conferences and markets have been cancelled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. The event was scheduled to take place from 30 March to 2 April in Cannes. Organisers Reed Midem said Wednesday that all of the events surrounding MipTV, including Mip Formats, Mip Doc and Canneseries, have also been cancelled.
Multiple esports events of several different games are currently being affected by coronavirus, they are either been postponed or have been cancelled. The Overwatch League has officially cancelled all matches in February and March scheduled to take place in China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement on Twitter, the Overwatch League said the decision was made “to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff.”
Some organisations have begun to cancel events, these include the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series opening, which was set to begin on 8 February and has now been indefinitely postponed. A Pokemon Video Game Championships event in Hong Kong scheduled for 2 February has been cancelled entirely. The WESG Asia-Pacific Finals for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, set to take place in Macau, have also been cancelled Followed by PUBG League, CrossFire, CrossFire Mobile, and so on. Also recently AESF announced the postponement of the inaugural Asian Esports Federation (AESF) e-Masters Chengdu 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The FMX Conference on animation, effects, games and immersive media has just cancelled their upcoming edition because of the worldwide coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. In a publicly released statement, the organisers wrote: “Taking this step has been very difficult for us but necessary as the health of our international and national partners, guests, speakers, visitors, and team members are our highest priority.”
Then recently Rocket League developer Psynoix has cancelled next month’s World Championship event over the spread of novel coronavirus The live event was due to take place at the Curtis Culwell Center in Dallas, Texas from April 24 to 26 as part of the game’s Season 9 esports activities. But the developer has scrapped this competition to protect the health and safety of its players, fans and staff.
Internationally, coronavirus has called off dozens of annual festivals and events, and now Indian events have started getting cancelled/ postponed due to the epidemic.
FIFS Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) GamePlan 2020 which was scheduled on 5 March 2020 at Le Meridien, Delhi has been postponed. The recent developments with regards to coronavirus, Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) have decided to postpone the conference. We shall get back to you within a week with rescheduled dates for GamePlan 2020.
Indian Gaming Expo just like every other major public gathering event is reportedly shutting its doors for its IGX 2020 instalment. The event was scheduled from 21 to 22 March at NESCO. According to multiple sources, a lot of sponsors have now raised concerns about the ongoing panic caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The organizers are likely to take a call on the well-being of the people due to the concerning international health emergency.
Earlier FICCI FRAMES partner country Italy has been pulled out and now the official site of FICCI FRAMES reads in view of the public health concerns and the recent advisory of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which has strongly recommended to avoid mass gatherings, FICCI has postponed FICCI FRAMES 2020. They have chosen to take this decision in the best interest of our participants and they are looking forward to coming up with the new dates for FICCI FRAMES.
Capcom cancels entire first half of the 2020 ‘CPT’ Season
As the Covid-19 seems to continue for few more months or longer across the world, Capcom announced its decision to remove the entire first half of the 2020 Capcom Pro Tour season from their schedule.
The company don’t want to put its players, staff and visitors at risk. The 2020 CPT season may resume in July if conditions begin to improve globally.
'The Batman' release date may get delayed due to coronavirus shutdown
The Batman is yet another film on the list of productions forced to shut down due to coronavirus. The Batman was nearly seven weeks into filming by the time these coronavirus shutdowns hit, and there is a good chance that its release date could be moved back due to these speedbumps.
The Batman will star Robert Pattinson as the titular caped crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon.
'CS:GO' ESL One Rio Major 2020 rescheduled from May to November
ESL has announced that the CS:GO ESL One Rio Major 2020, is originally scheduled to take place between 11May to 24 May, has been rescheduled between 19 November to 22 November due to the worsening COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Brazil. The tournament will stay in its original venue at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio De Janeiro and will also remain a Championship level event in the ESL Pro Tour and count towards winning the Intel Grand Slam.
LEC and LCS Spring Splits scheduled for online
Riot Games announced, Europe and North America's premier League of Legends leagues, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), will return this weekend as fully online competitions,
The remaining five weekends of the LEC Spring Split will be played online beginning on 20 March, with teams playing from their respective training centers. The LCS Spring Split will resume starting 21 March.
Overwatch League is scheduled to have online tournament
Overwatch League has been rescheduled for March and April, and it eliminates the need for teams to travel because it will be going to have an online tournament.For the next month-and-a-half, the league's clubs will only compete online against opponents in the same geographic region as they reside. The new schedule aims to eliminate the need for travel and minimize latency issues by matching up teams in similar regions. Blizzard said the new schedule is "designed to maximize fairness between teams, factoring in the total amount of matches played each week," but Pacific Conferences teams will "generally" play more frequently than teams in the Atlantic Conference, so that all teams will be caught up to the number of matches they had been scheduled to play by the season midpoint.
"The original 2020 schedule was balanced so that teams would play twice against teams in their own conference (18 of 28 matches) and once against the other conference (10 of 28 matches). With teams playing by regional location, the schedule can no longer adhere to that breakdown," Blizzard explained
Valve cancels Dota2 events
Dota 2’s Epicenter Major has been called off by Valve amidst of the ongoing COVID-19 Situation across the globe. With a plethora of events that have led to lockdowns, cancellation of events, Valve did decide to observe some safety measures like the cancellation of the Epicenter Major is recently followed by the ESL One Los Angeles Major who met the same fate. As the official tweet reads "After careful consideration of the current state and trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the health risk that this presents to competitors, staff and fans alike, we have made the difficult decision to cancel to the 4th minor and major tournaments of the DPC season."
GDC 2020 to host virtual talks, awards streaming for free all week
While the Game Developers Conference is no longer happening this week in San Francisco, organisers invite viewers to watch live streams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020!
At GDC 2020 Virtual Talks hub organisers will be streaming speaker-recorded versions of the talks they planned for GDC 2020, for free, from 9am to 5pm Monday, 16 March through Friday,20 March. Also, there will be expert talks from studios like 343 Industries, Playground Games, BioWare, Gearbox and more, as well as insightful behind-the-scenes explorations of notable indie games like Baba Is You, A Short Hike, and Kine. Plus, there will be an assortment of talks offering new and useful advice on how to tackle the core challenges of game development.
Team Liquid is under lockdown until April
North American Organization Team Liquid has initiated a complete shutdown of its facilities as they are prioritising the health and safety of their staff and players due to coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, they are implementing a system that will observe the staff and players adhering to a mandatory work-from-home task list for almost a month.
LCS and LEC suspended due to Coronavirus scare
Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner officially announced that they were suspending the spring LCS games "for the immediate future" after first announcing the rest of the spring season had been postponed earlier in the day. Earlier it was decided that two of League of Legends’ most popular competitions, the European LEC and North American LCS, are to be played without an audience behind closed doors due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. As many members of staff had come in contact with someone infected with the virus, therefore, they decided to suspend the tournaments. They have not released plans for an online format, though more information is expected soon.
FMX 2020 gets cancelled
According to Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg CEO Thomas Schadt, FMX conference chairman Andreas Hykade, Heike Mozer, Joachim Genannt and FMX team, this year’s FMX, scheduled for 5 to 8 May 2020, cannot take place due to the continuing global spreading of the Corona virus.
"Taking this step has been very difficult for us but necessary as the health of our international and national partners, guests, speakers, visitors, and team members is our highest priority," the team informed.