MAGFest operated event MAGStock has formally announced it will cancel this year’s event due to concerns surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic.
MAGStock is an outdoor music and gaming festival owned and operated by MAGFest Inc., whose main event is a weekend convention on the east coast near DC. MAGStock is a side event that takes place during the summer, attendees meeting at a state park in Virginia where they camp out, hold music performances, and play video games.
The event was initially only postponed until August 2020 “or later,” but recently MAGStock decided to cancel its 2020 event officially.
You can read their cancellation statement via MAGFest’s official site below.
“MAGFest, Inc. is an events-based company, and so it’s natural for there to be serious and warranted concern regarding our events with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per the restrictions that were announced Monday March 30 in the state of Virginia, we will be postponing MAGStock, originally scheduled for early June, as well as Game Over Richmond, a one-day concert originally scheduled for late April.
Other than that, we are operating under the assumption that our upcoming events will take place as currently scheduled. Of course, we are also actively exploring contingency plans, and we will continue to follow local government and CDC guidance with respect to each event. The health and safety of our community is our priority. If at any point we need to postpone an event, cancel an event, or announce new dates, notification will go out via our newsletters, our website, and our social media accounts.
We’re deeply saddened that so many really great events by our dear friends in the video game convention community and other adjacent communities have had to be cancelled or postponed this year. We also know that gatherings like these meet a deeply human need for connection, celebration, innovation, and levity–one that we’re all missing keenly in this time of social distancing. We encourage you to support your other favorite events financially if you have the ability, and in the meantime, we’ll do everything in our power to plan the best music and gaming festivals yet, so that we can all come out on the other side of this difficult time stronger together.
Stay tuned for more information as we have it, and please do your part to stop the spread. For more information about COVID-19, please refer to the CDC.
Stay safe, and please continue being excellent to each other. <3, MAGFest”
Super MAGFest, their primary event, is still intended to proceed January 2021 as planned.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19 officially, or Chinese Flu to others) has affected many worldwide, from businesses to public gatherings and events.
This includes postponements of GDC, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the physical events for EVO 2020 and Tokyo Game Show 2020, and cancellations E3 2020 (including digital events), the physical event for Gamescom 2020, and Comiket 98.
We also reported Square Enix offering face masks to Square Enix members for select purchases of over $100 on their store, and Guilty Gear: Strive being delayed to 2021.
The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering are mapping the virus’ spread [1, 2]. As of this time of writing, there have been over 5.014 million total confirmed cases worldwide, and over 2.777 million active cases. There have been over 328,000 deaths, however over 1.909 million people have made a “total recovery.”