Tokyo Game Show 2020 canceled over coronavirus concerns

One of the last of the major gaming events for 2020 is biting the dust, as Tokyo Game Show 2020 will be held digitally.


At this point, it feels like every last event for the year has been canceled due to COVID-19. And while Japan appears to be getting over the hump when it comes to the ongoing pandemic, the organizers behind Tokyo Game Show are not about to take any chances. On Thursday, the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association confirmed that this year's show will not take place and instead be held digitally.

Here's the full press release issued on Thursday:

Tokyo Game Show appears to be the last of the major events for 2020 to bite the dust. However, it should be noted that August's PAX West is tentatively set to go on and may very well be the last big gaming event standing.

Look for more details on what's next for Tokyo Game Show in the weeks ahead. Shacknews will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

Senior Editor

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

From The Chatty
  • reply
    May 7, 2020 7:26 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Tokyo Game Show 2020 canceled over coronavirus concerns

    • reply
      May 7, 2020 7:32 PM

      I remember March events being rescheduled to September and here we are seeing September events getting canceled as well

      • reply
        May 7, 2020 9:19 PM

        Whoever has been postponing events to end if the year is not really getting this whole thing.

      • reply
        May 7, 2020 9:51 PM

        A lot of events post July are being cancelled not because of COVID fears (necessarily) but because they simply haven't been able to work the logistics of the events that need to be set up and done now to make sure the event goes smoothly. Add the possibility that places may still not allow large social gatherings, and it is better to not take the risk and cancel and plan something different if they can (like TGS will be doing online stuff instead, confirmed)

    • reply
      May 7, 2020 8:28 PM

      At this point, it would be easier to simply assume everything is cancelled by default, and only report news for the rare things that are not.

Hello, Meet Lola