Forums - Sony Discussion - Sony cancelling PAX East 2020 attendance due to coronavirus concerns

Honestly people should do whatever they think is safe until the threat is gone. I'm not going to judge a company for trying to do, in its mind, the responsible thing for its employees. Bravo to Sony for the bravery to cancel something like this, knowing it will upset fans, just for the safety of the people that would have gone!

People matter more than games.

Last edited by Dulfite - on 19 February 2020

Dulfite said:
Honestly people should do whatever they think is safe until the threat is gone. I'm not going to judge a company for trying to do, in it's mind, the responsible thing for it's employees. Bravo to Sony for the bravery to cancel something like this, knowing it will upset fans, just for the safety of the people that would have gone!

People matter more than games.

Yeah, I would rather be safe than sorry. I hope the coronavirus doesn't spread out even further than it already has right now, especially since it's still really bad at China right now.



shikamaru317 said:
sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

Makes you wonder what is going on at Sony. The rumored PS5 reveal event this month didn't happen, they confirmed they won't be at E3, and now they are cancelling their PAX East plans as well, using what seems like an excuse rather than a legitimate concern.

You guys must be new to the news but Sony also cancelling world Mobile event as well, due to Corrona Virus

https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_and_a_bunch_of_other_companies_cancel_their_appearance_at_mwc_2020-news-41455.php



It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.



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shikamaru317 said:
Does this seem like a bit of an overreaction to anyone else? There was a single Coronavirus case reported in Boston, but that was on February 1st, PAX East begins on February 27th. No new cases have been reported in Boston since then, and 26 days is plenty of time for that one guy to fully recover and for symptoms to appear in any people that he interacted with, if he transmitted it to anyone else.

So PAX is only for Boston people?

sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

So are you saying that all the represented Sony employees only come from Boston? The employees for the rest of the exhibitors come from Boston? The people who attend PAX are only from Boston?

shikamaru317 said:

Makes you wonder what is going on at Sony. The rumored PS5 reveal event this month didn't happen, they confirmed they won't be at E3, and now they are cancelling their PAX East plans as well, using what seems like an excuse rather than a legitimate concern.

Are you a conspiracy theorist?



shikamaru317 said:
Does this seem like a bit of an overreaction to anyone else? There was a single Coronavirus case reported in Boston, but that was on February 1st, PAX East begins on February 27th. No new cases have been reported in Boston since then, and 26 days is plenty of time for that one guy to fully recover and for symptoms to appear in any people that he interacted with, if he transmitted it to anyone else.

sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

There was a communications expo in Barcelona that got cancelled because the companies didn't want to risk going there. It would have attracted people from around the globe, and probably learning what happened in Singapore (where a simple business meeting in a hotel resulted in dozens of infected worldwide), decided it would be too risky to do that, even if Spain is much further away from the hotspot than Singapore was. That's also the reason why the INTA 2020 (International Trademark Association), which was supposed to be held in Singapore, has been cancelled and relocated to the US



twintail said:
shikamaru317 said:
Does this seem like a bit of an overreaction to anyone else? There was a single Coronavirus case reported in Boston, but that was on February 1st, PAX East begins on February 27th. No new cases have been reported in Boston since then, and 26 days is plenty of time for that one guy to fully recover and for symptoms to appear in any people that he interacted with, if he transmitted it to anyone else.

So PAX is only for Boston people?

sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

So are you saying that all the represented Sony employees only come from Boston? The employees for the rest of the exhibitors come from Boston? The people who attend PAX are only from Boston?

shikamaru317 said:

Makes you wonder what is going on at Sony. The rumored PS5 reveal event this month didn't happen, they confirmed they won't be at E3, and now they are cancelling their PAX East plans as well, using what seems like an excuse rather than a legitimate concern.

Are you a conspiracy theorist?

Pretty much the only way that people from Coronavirus infected countries (China is the only one where it is widespread) are getting to Boston to go to PAX would be via airplane, and most of the major US airports, including Logan International Airport in Boston, are screening for Coronavirus with thermal scanners. On top of that, the US is not allowing foreign travellers into the country if they have been to China since the outbreak began. In other words, there isn't much risk of catching Coronavirus at PAX East. Sony has plenty of US based developers and execs who could have attended, their headquarters are in California now afterall, not Japan.  

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 19 February 2020

shikamaru317 said:

..and most of the major US airports, including Logan International Airport in Boston, are screening for Coronavirus with thermal scanners.

Which has already been proved to be ineffective as several people (later diagnosed) have "slipped through". But it makes good news to soothe people that "something is done".



twintail said:
shikamaru317 said:
Does this seem like a bit of an overreaction to anyone else? There was a single Coronavirus case reported in Boston, but that was on February 1st, PAX East begins on February 27th. No new cases have been reported in Boston since then, and 26 days is plenty of time for that one guy to fully recover and for symptoms to appear in any people that he interacted with, if he transmitted it to anyone else.

So PAX is only for Boston people?

sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

So are you saying that all the represented Sony employees only come from Boston? The employees for the rest of the exhibitors come from Boston? The people who attend PAX are only from Boston?

shikamaru317 said:

Makes you wonder what is going on at Sony. The rumored PS5 reveal event this month didn't happen, they confirmed they won't be at E3, and now they are cancelling their PAX East plans as well, using what seems like an excuse rather than a legitimate concern.

Are you a conspiracy theorist?

Unlsss the convention usually has a high Chinese population from the Wuhan province...yes I do think it’s suspicious. Sony being extremely quiet the last few months gotta admit. 



double post

Last edited by CGI-Quality - on 20 February 2020