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PAX East, a four-day event held in Boston, is one of the biggest gaming conventions in the US, attracting tens of thousands of fans. Sony had planned to exhibit the highly anticipated exclusive The Last of Us Part II with a hands-on demo for the first time, but on Wednesday announced its withdrawal from the event.
"We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily," Sony said on its PlayStation blog. "We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern."
PAX East will increase hygiene and sanitation measures in place. Kyle Marsden-Kish, event director for PAX production team ReedPOP, said in a statement that the team is "working closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and following local, state and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC" and it is "saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020."
Sony has already, the world's largest trade show for the video game industry. But that cancellation is unrelated to fears about the coronavirus.
Mobile World Congress, the biggest phone show in the world, which was scheduled to take place next week, wasprompted a large number of participants to pull out or to cut back their activities.