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After close consultation with partners and the game development industry and community, this year's Game Developers Conference – scheduled to take place in March – has now been postponed.

A statement on the GDC website said the plan was to host the annual event later on in summer and explained how organisers would be working with partners to finalise details and share more information in the coming weeks.

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.

While no reason was provided alongside this, the Frequently Asked Questions page unsurprisingly reveals how the delay is tied to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19 or 2019-nCoV) outbreak. There's also an entire page dedicated to regular updates about the virus.

As detailed by IGN, GDC will be allowing any speakers who planned on giving presentations at the show an opportunity to make them available online through the GDC YouTube channel and a "free portion" of the GDC Vault.

GDC will also set up online streams for the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards in the originally scheduled week of the event. This news follows on from multiple companies withdrawing from the event, including Microsoft, Sony (PlayStation), EA, and Epic Games. Nintendo was also expected to be in attendance.