Sony announced earlier in the week that they would be pulling out of PAX East 2020 due to coronavirus concerns. However, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh sent a letter to Sony President/CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. Walsh states that the risk of coronavirus in Boston is extremely low and officials shouldn’t cancel their plans in the city. Here’s an excerpt from Walsh’s letter courtesy of WCVB:
“These fears reinforce harmful stereotypes that generations of Asians have worked hard to dismantle. They trigger our worst impulses: to view entire groups of people with suspicion, to close ourselves off, and to miss out on the opportunities and connections our global city provides. Boston is united in our efforts to dispel these harmful and misguided fears.”
Mayor Walsh wants to halt the fears of coronavirus in the city as well as stereotypes against the Asian population. Walsh hopes that this will be another step toward ending those prejudices and aiding technology in the process.
“As a large, international company, you have an opportunity to set a good example. As a leader in technology, you can show that you are motivated by facts, not fear. As a leader in gaming and culture, you can show that you believe in connection, not isolation.”
PAX East 2020 runs from February 27th to March 1st in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest gaming news!