Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech companies have pulled out of CES 2022 due to Omicron’s issues. Organizers refused to cancel the event.
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- Google, Microsoft and other big tech companies have pulled out of CES 2022.
- Twitter, Amazon and Pinterest had pulled out of the event over Omicron concerns.
- The organizers aren’t fazed by the dropout of the main participants, the intact team has no plans to cancel the event or virtually host it.
Google, Microsoft and other big tech companies have pulled out of CES 2022. However, the association remains unfazed by the dropping out of key attendees, the intact team has no plans to cancel the event or host it virtually. Previously, tech companies such as Twitter, Amazon and Pinterest had pulled out of the event over Omicron concerns.
“After reviewing the latest data on the rapidly evolving COVID environment, Microsoft has decided not to attend CES 2022 in person,” a company spokesperson told The Verge. The company will participate virtually in the event. The Consumer Technology Association had said it would not postpone the event or switch to virtual programming.
“CES will still be held Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas with strong security measures in place,” the Consumer Technology Association said in a statement to Axios. Thousands of entrepreneurs, businesses, media and buyers are planning to come to Las Vegas. Key leaders from federal, state and foreign governments are participating, “the group said, adding that it” had “received several thousand new registrants since the end of last week.”
According to Adweek, participants will need to take two rapid tests, they must also be fully immunized and masked at all times. The organizers have reportedly improved the site’s ventilation system. It has been reported that participants will also wear a sticker indicating whether they are uncomfortable shaking hands or not.
“At this point, we’re very focused on making this show and making it safe and having the right protocols in place to ensure people feel comfortable with it,” said Jean Foster, vice-president. CTA Senior President of Marketing and Communications. He also revealed that the total number of exhibitors crossed 2,100 on Monday.
Amazon and its Ring smart home unit said they would not be physically present at next month’s event due to the “rapidly changing situation and uncertainty around the Omicron variant” of the coronavirus. the company spokesperson told Reuters in an email. Sponsor of the US wireless operator conference T-Mobile announced that its contingent will not go and that its chief executive will not speak at the event.
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