Bethesda and id Software have announced QuakeCon 2020 will not take place this year.
The 25th annual QuakeCon will not be held this year due to uncertainties surround the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from Bethesda and id Software.
According to the statement, both companies have been discussing how QuakeCon 2020 could move forward especially since it is the 25th year of the event, but “uncertainties we currently face due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” have caused the cancellation.
“QuakeCon has always been a special event for us and for you – a time when we gather together to play games and build bonds that, for some, have lasted a quarter-century now,” reads the statement.
“In recent weeks we have spent a lot of time discussing how we might still move forward with QuakeCon this year, particularly given that it’s the 25th year of the event. However, with all of the logistical challenges and uncertainties we currently face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s QuakeCon. The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and players will always be our top priority, and in these times it felt wrong to be talking about a gathering when gathering is the last thing any of us should be doing right now.
“While we don’t know what the state of the pandemic will be this August, we do know it will not be possible to complete the work and planning with partners, vendors, volunteers, and others that is required to make QuakeCon a success.
“We thank all of you – especially the volunteers – for all your work in building and supporting this event year after year. We hope to work with you to come up with other ways to celebrate the spirit of QuakeCon this August, and we look forward to the return of this amazing event next year.”
QuakeCon 2020 was set to be held August 6-9.