Facebook cancels F8 developer conference, firms pull out of GDC conference

Facebook is the latest tech company to cancel an event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company’s annual developer conference, F8, was scheduled for May 5th and 6th, but it’s not going to happen this year.

Facebook said that the “growing concerns around COVID-19” made it necessary to cancel the “in-person” component of F8, though the company is planning locally-hosted events and live streamed content to try and make up for skipping the main part of the conference.

Meanwhile many companies are deciding to pass up on exhibiting at the GDC conference in San Francisco next month. Microsoft said it will pull out from the conference that is being held March 16-20. Other companies backing out include Facebook, Unity and Sony. Instead of holding a physical event at the conference, Microsoft says it will be holding an online-only event that week.

Earlier this week, city officials in San Francisco declared a state of emergency.

The COVID-19 outbreak has already affected several large industry conference. MWC, which takes place in Barcelona at the end of February, was cancelled after multiple high-profile companies pulled out.