Sony Interactive Entertainment announced they will be canceling their appearance at PAX East 2020 held in Boston, from February 27 through March 1, over the rising concerns of the Coronavirus.
“We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”
The virus has now infected more than 75,000 people worldwide with Chinese reports stating that over 2,000 deaths have been tied to the outbreak. Earlier this month, a University of Massachusetts Boston student was diagnosed with the virus after returning home from Wuhan in China. This has been the only case reported on so far.
“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,” PAX officials shared.
Sony pulling out of the event may scare some other event-goers so it’s to be seen how this affects this event in the coming weeks. We’ll be sure to share with you news as it develops.
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