Sony Backs Out Of PAX East Over Coronavirus Concerns

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PlayStation is pulling out of PAX East due to “increasing concerns” related to the illness colloquially known as the coronavirus, it said on the PlayStation blog today.

Sony’s booth was slated to feature major upcoming games like The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Doom Eternal. The show, which has drawn over 70,000 attendees in the past, takes place in Boston, Massachusetts from February 27 to March 1.

This news comes two weeks after a man living in Boston was found to have the illness after returning home from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

“We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily,” Sony wrote in the post. “We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”

Update: “While we are saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020, we look forward to welcoming our friends at Sony to future PAX events and are focused on making PAX East 2020 a successful and enjoyable event for all attendees and exhibitors,” said Kyle Marsden-Kish, the show’s event director. “PAX East 2020 will take place as scheduled with enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus.” Marsden-Kish said that more information is available on the PAX East website.

Kotaku has contacted Sony for more information.


Comments

    Sony dont go to anything anymore. Flirting with success

      Well honestly, they don't have to.
      We're going to buy all of those games regardless of whatever trailers they do or don't show off.

        You are correct.

        i dont know about you but half the fun of getting something is the time spent waiting for it and getting excited by it.

        They are boring me with the zero announcements and presentations

    Paranoia, paranoia; coronavirus is coming to get me.

    Considering the general hygiene of people that go to these things I would pull out too.

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