QuakeCon, the summertime gaming convention that began in 1996 as a small gathering of deathmatchers and grew over the years into a major annual spectacle, has been cancelled. The 2020 event wasn’t scheduled to take place until August, but Bethesda said that “uncertainties” caused by the ongoing pandemic means that the planning and preparation required to pull the convention together simply isn’t possible—and it’s not something people should be focusing on anyway.

“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,” Bethesda and id Software said in a joint statement. “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 in the last thing any of us should be doing right now.”

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