Like everyone else, Epic Games skipped this year's GDC.
Immediately following Microsoft News, Unreal Engine creators, and Fortnite developers, Epic gameAnnounced that they will miss the 2020 GDC.
The reasons given are basically the same as for other companies: concerns about coronavirus and desire to protect employees. "At Epic, we are excited to participate in the 2020 GDC," Epic said in an official tweet.
"Unfortunately, the uncertainty surrounding health issues prevents us from dispatching employees, so we have made difficult decisions to quit attendance."
At Epic, we are excited to participate in the 2020 GDC. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of health issues, we were unable to dispatch employees, so we made a difficult decision to withdraw from attendance.
Stay tuned for more information on Epic News and other channels.
-Unreal Engine (@UnrealEngine) February 27, 2020
Epic is just the latest of many game developers and publishers who have decided to withdraw from this space. It all started with Sony, followed by EA's Kojima Productions and competing engine maker Unity.
Where some companies (such as Microsoft) will host their planned GDC negotiations online, others have not announced any such plans. GDC will run as scheduled from March 16th to 20th.