Sony and Amazon cancel appearances at Mobile World Congress 2020

Coronavirus cited as the cause

Sony and Amazon cancel appearances at Mobile World Congress 2020

Both Sony and Amazon have cancelled their appearance at Mobile World Congress due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, the Japanese tech giant claimed it had been monitoring the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, Sony will now hold its press conference as a video on February 24th through its Xperia Youtube Channel.

"Sony has been closely monitoring the evolving situation following the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30th, 2020," reads the statement.

"As we place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain."


Meanwhile, speaking to TechCrunch, Amazon also cited the coronavirus outbreak for its cancellation of appearing in Barcelona.

"Due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain," said the company in a statement.

Several big companies have been affected by the outbreak in China, one of which is Japanese publishing giant Nintendo. Switch production has been confirmed to be affected. A Pokemon Video Games Championship event was cancelled in Hong Kong to limit risk to fans and players alike.

Apple has been forced to delay its plans to increase iPhone production. The company has also limited travel for its employees until the outbreak is under control.

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