The Tokyo Game Show is the latest to enter the ever-growing list of events canceled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. As the world bulk up to fight against the virus, several restrictions have been placed by Countries worldwide that have made it impossible for event organizers to hold physical events.
The Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA), organizers of TGS 2020 on Friday announced the cancelation of the events and said:
“Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on a global scale and the situation remains unpredictable in Japan as well, the organizer and the co-organizers have reached this decision after a long consideration to place the utmost priority on the health and safety of visitors, exhibitors, and stakeholders. We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.”
The Tokyo Game Show is the biggest video game event in Japan and is held every year since 1996. Every year various game developers gather in Japan’s Makuhari Messe event hall from Sept 24-27th to showcase new trailers, gameplay videos, demos, and announce release dates of their upcoming games. This year the TGS was expected to draw more than 250,000 attendees.
Other major video game events that were canceled due to Coronavirus pandemic includes, E3, GDC Evo 2020, and Gamescom, as well as countless esports tournaments that were either canceled or moved to an online-only model.
The online event will also run from Sept. 24-27th. Although it is unclear in what online format the event will take place, further details will be released soon on the official website by CESA.