Recently announced Minecraft Festival is latest Coronavirus victim, postponed until next year

Laurent Giret

The Coronavirus outbreak is continuing to affect the conference industry in a pretty big way, and this morning the Minecraft staff announced that the upcoming Minecraft Festival, which was going to be held in September of this year, has now been postponed until next year.

“Our partners, producers, and exhibitors are based in all corners of the world, and right now we can’t meet and collaborate in the way we need to. Without knowing exactly when we can resume planning, we have decided to postpone. That way, we can make sure that next year’s event will be the amazing one that our community expects and deserves,” the team explained today.

If the Minecraft Festival won’t be happening this year, the Minecraft Live online event will be sticking around this year, though Mojang has yet to announce its date. “It’ll be the place for all the latest Minecraft news, announcements and behind the scenes exclusives, and it will be live-beamed straight to your screen, wherever you are,” the team said.

Many high-profile events where Microsoft was a participant have been cancelled in recent weeks, including Mobile World Congress and the Game Developers Conference. The company also had to cancel its MVP summit earlier this week, and after Google canceled its I/O developer conference there’s a high probability that Microsoft’s Build 2020 event is next on the chopping block.