Bottom line: Developer CCP Games announced that its annual EVE Online Fanfest has been cancelled. The event is held in Reykjavik, Iceland each year and draws thousands of EVE Online players from all over the world.
This year the EVE Fanfest 2020 will not take place. The organization has unfortunately issued a statement saying it has decided to pull the plug on the event because of concerns about the coronavirus. It was scheduled for April 2 to 4, previously.
“We make this decision with a heavy heart and we know that this news will be devastating for our wonderful community, but we feel absolutely compelled to follow the most responsible course of action and prioritize the health and well-being of our guests, our staff and, of course, the general public in Iceland. We know that a month from now the situation could be very different, but the way things are unfolding both internationally and in the neighboring countries of Iceland, a comprehensive and severe analysis has made it clear that this is a critical step to take.
The EVE Online Fanfest is just another industry show that has fallen victim to the pandemic panic of COVID-19. Several firms also fallen out of attendance at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next month, including Microsoft, Epic and Unity. Sony has also backed out of PAX East, despite having some upcoming games to show off.
While PAX and GDC 2020 are still being held, other industry and trade shows have been cancelled because of the scare. Recently Facebook said it won’t hold this year’s F8 developers conference. Also the Mobile World Conference was canned after various businesses dropped out of attendance.
The pandemic worries have struck the tech industry particularly hard not only by disrupting conferences but also impacting many major manufacturers ‘ supply chains.