The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us and it’s affecting the gaming too. Events such as GDC 2020, MWC 2020, and White Nights Conference Barcelona 2020 didn’t happen this year due to coronavirus. Some events went completely digital like Pocket Gamer with its first digital conference and BAFTA Game Awards 2020. Today we knew that Apple will join the mentioned organizers according to its announcement.
WWDC 2020 will be entirely online
As planned, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will start in June. However, the new format will have content for consumers, press, and developers. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said the following in a statement:
We are delivering WWDC 2020 this June in an innovative way to millions of developers around the world, bringing the entire developer community together with a new experience. The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.
Apple’s global developer community has more than 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries and regions. WWDC 2020 will provide them with tools and insights to help them with turning their ideas to reality. More info will be shared about this topic on Apple Developer website. The company also announced that it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to “offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format”.
It’s a good opportunity for developers
Apple’s App Store has more than half a billion visitors each week and its accessible in 155 countries and regions. According to the company, developers have earned over $155 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. WWDC 2020 will allow the developers to know more about frameworks and technologies they use in different places such as machine learning, augmented reality, home automation, and more.