Looks like CES 2022, the world's largest technology show this time around will be a dry affair. Scheduled for January 5 to 8, 2022 in Las Vegas, several participants have already RSVPed to say no two weeks ahead of the schedule.
The new COVID-19 variant Omicron has forced big players of the industry to pull out from the largest technology convention that is supposed to happen over a three-day period.
T-Mobile was one of the members to withdraw from CES 2022. T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert was set to give a keynote speech during the event.
"After careful consideration and discussion, T-Mobile has made the difficult decision to significantly limit our in-person participation at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. While we are confident that CES organizers are taking exhaustive measures to protect in-person attendees and we had many preventative practices in place as well, we are prioritizing the safety of our team and other attendees with this decision. T-Mobile will continue to serve as a CES sponsor and title sponsor of the DRL Championship Race but the vast majority of our team will not be traveling to Las Vegas. Additionally, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert will no longer be offering a keynote in-person or virtually," stated T-Mobile.
Other companies that have made similar decisions include Amazon, Meta (formerly Facebook), Pinterest, and Twitter. Although Twitter has said that it will be "exploring virtual speaking opportunities."
According to a report from USAToday, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organization which runs CES said that there has been 42 exhibitor cancellations. "CES will be in person on January 5-8 in Las Vegas with strong safety measures in place, and our digital access is also available for people that don’t wish to, or can’t travel to Las Vegas. Our mission remains to convene the industry and give those who cannot attend in person the ability to experience the magic of CES digitally," as per the CTA statement.click here!