The Consumer Technology Association announced that the highly anticipated CES 2022 exhibit would be an in-person event starting January 5 in Las Vegas. While companies were expected to showcase their latest and greatest tech products at the event, many of them are now withdrawing from the in-person event, citing health concerns due to the still ongoing Coronavirus-led pandemic.
big companies, including Lenovo, Meta, Twitter, Google, T-Mobile and Intel, have withdrawn from the in-person event, announcing their virtual attendance at CES 2022. Among others, Lenovo went to Twitter to announce that it would suspend all on-site activities at CES 2022 due to the COVID situation. However, in a follow-up tweet, the company confirmed that it would launch its latest products as planned on January 4 and 5.
In addition to Lenovo, Intel has also announced that it will save itself from the in-person event in Las Vegas, citing the safety and health of its employees and partners. The company said it will deliver all of its CES-related content and experiences virtually on its official Newsroom.
“The health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is always our top priority. Following consultation with health officials and in the spirit of Intel’s security policy, our plans for CES will move to a digital-first, live experience, with minimal on-site staff. We encourage you to join us as we deliver all of our CES content and experiences virtually through the Intel Newsroom,” Intel said in a statement.
T-Mobile was another major exhibitor that pulled out of the CES in-person event in Las Vegas. The company’s CEO, Mike Sievert, who was also one of the speakers at CES, shared a tweet to announce that he would no longer be part of the event. Besides this, also Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving company updated its official CES 2022 blog to announce the same yesterday.
Now it’s worth noting that while these tech companies are pulling out of the Las Vegas in-person event, they will reveal their products and virtually announce CES-related content next week.
“Given our extensive health measures, coupled with lower attendance and social distancing measures, we believe that attendees and exhibitors can have a socially distancing yet worthwhile and productive event in Las Vegas, or while experiencing it online. We also partner with leading health experts in the state of Nevada who support the best practices we’ve put in place.” the Consumer Technology Association said in a statement.