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UPDATE: Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.



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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.



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



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I suppose people will say "PAX East is now dead because Sony won't be there".



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.



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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.

Don't be so worry about Sony like that .



Not buying it. SONY pulled out for other reasons



This is odd, due to the corona virus?? Seriously?



So Sony is Doomed then?



Not surprised, a lot of events are being cancelled or restricted to few people.For example, the Mobile World Congress which was taking place in Barcelona, Spain, was cancelled due to fears of this virus, and that´s a very high profile event.The Tokyo Marathon cancelled mass participation and is now restricted only to elite athletes, a technology event called Cisco Live in Melbourne, Australia was also cancelled, among others.

At the very least, I can see the Olympics being severely overshadowed by this thing.