Games worldwide were disappointed to learn that QuakeCon, one of the oldest gaming conventions, is being cancelled amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was made through Zenimax Media Studios, with Bethesda Softwares also confirming that QuakeCon was terminated. All announcements were made through Twitter, with organizers being forced to cancel the convention after social distancing measures were extended throughout America.
An official statement was provided to news outlets in the gaming industry. Representatives with Zenimax Media Studios expressed that they’d delegated how to move forward with QuakeCon for 31 days. After new information regarding COVID-19s infection status, organizers knew this decision was logical. It comes as a significant disappointed for Zenimax, with this being the 25th year of QuakeCon. Representatives noted that uncertainties associated with COVID-19 would create logistical challenges that can’t be met. Choosing to cancel these events ensures that the global gaming community is protected.
Remarks regarding the cancellation mentioned that the health of Volunteers, Employees, Vendors, Sponsors and Attendee’s had become their primary priority. Representatives said that significant guilt would’ve been felt amongst organizers if twelve-months didn’t postpone their convention. Details during the press release indicated that those who purchased tickets would be provided two options, with the options including a Refund or a secondary ticket for QuakeCon 2021. It’s expected that most supporters will select the ticket option in anticipation of this convention returning. Organizers confirmed through Twitter that QuakeCon 2021 will still be held with the “Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center” between August 6th and 9th.
2020 QuakeCon Being Reformatted
Organizers with Zenimax Media Studios aren’t disappointing their loyal fanbase. It was confirmed that even though the live venue has been cancelled, multiple strategies are being brainstormed to ensure 2020 QuakeCon moves forward. It’s expected they’ll follow similar procedures to PlayStation and Xbox, who are providing streamed events to their loyal fanbases. This follows after each respective developer or publisher has new announcements to make. When it applies to QuakeCon, fans behind Elder Scrolls Online or Doom and Fallout receive multiple announcements in three days. Those wanting to watch the streamed version of QuakeCon should review their website regularly for updated information.