A number of gaming-related conventions and other events have been canceled due to quarantines and lockdowns caused by the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The latest event to join the list of cancellations is QuakeCon, a convention celebrating the games of id Software and Bethesda Softworks, including the Doom, Wolfenstein, and Fallout franchises.
The cancelation was announced on March 31, 2020, on the official QuakeCon Twitter. "With all of the logistical challenges and uncertainties we currently face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s QuakeCon," reads the tweet. Information regarding potential refunds for already purchased event tickets was not included but is expected to be announced at a later date.
An update on QuakeCon 2020: pic.twitter.com/1FYUauI7PY
— QuakeCon (@QuakeCon) March 31, 2020
2020's event would have been the 25th annual QuakeCon. The event has been held yearly since its inception in 1996.
QuakeCon's cancellation was met with surprise, as the event was still many months in the future. It was to be held from August 6 to August at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Texas is currently one of the few remaining states which have not declared an official statewide lockdown.
Addressing the potential future situation, a QuakeCon spokesperson explained, "We do not know what the state of the pandemic will be this August." However, id and Bethesda felt that they would be unable to bring in the usual high quality of vendors, guests and other attendees from around the world.
Responses to the Tweet expressed a mix of understanding and sorrow. Bethesda and id fans are already eagerly awaiting QuakeCon's return in 2021.
Other gaming events that have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns including the Game Developers Conference and Los Angeles' E3 Convention.
In the meantime, fans are encouraged to enjoy their favorite Bethesda Softworks and id Software games from the comfort of your own home. Which games will you be playing during quarantine? Let us know!