Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter have also declined to attend the famous festival.
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HBO is the last company to retire from SXSW . Other companies, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter, have done the same, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to cause concern. HBO said Thursday that its parent company Warner Media “decided that it is better not to advance with activations in SXSW,” CNET reports.
At the moment, it seems that SXSW will continue to happen. According to a statement on the festival's website , officials are “working closely daily with local, state and federal agencies to plan a safe event.” Even if the festival begins as planned on March 13, it will be considerably smaller than it has been in recent years, as large and small companies alike try to avoid putting people in unnecessary contact.
Several other festivals and technology shows have already been canceled, including GDC , MWC , I / O , F8. Today, organized postponed the next Minecraft Festival, and we are likely to see more cancellations. As Jessica Conditt de Engadget points out, panic around the outbreak of coronavirus could accelerate the disappearance of technology conventions in person altogether.