Tokyo Game Show cancelled over fears of COVID-19 pandemic


Tokyo Game Show will not move forward in September over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much like its North American counterparts, TGS is among the most awaited gaming events in the world.

Tokyo Game Show is the premier gaming convention for Japan. Its value to the gaming community is close to the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3. E3 2020 also canceled a few weeks ago, together with a bevy of other events for the year.

Fears over the COVID-19 pandemic still prevent massive group events, leading to numerous cancellations.

TGS 2020 is world’s window to Japanese games

TGS is one of the most significant sources of new game releases from Japan. Much like Comiket for Japanese literature, TGS is the world’s premier industry conventions. Japanese game developers look forward to this event for their releases, both domestic and worldwide.

The TGS convention occurred annually since 1996, and it’s the first time the event canceled. In 2019, the exhibition garnered as much as 262,000 attendees. The expo starts in September and lasts four days. The usual venue for TGS is the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

According to a statement by the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA), TGS 2020 canceled as “the situation remains unpredictable in Japan.”

“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,” CESA said.

TGS organizers plan online-only event soon

Many gaming events this year canceled over fears of the pandemic. This week, Paris Games Week in October canceled due to COVID-19 and moved the event to 2021. Other significant gamer exhibitions canceled include E3 2020, Gamescom, and EVO 2020.

Unlike PGW, TGS 2020 will move towards an online event to compensate for the lack of physical expo. There is not much information when the online event comes out, but CESA asked people to stay tuned. The organizers are planning to release more details in May.


Many gaming events opt for digital alternatives to many of their expos. Gamescom announced an online event, with EVO 2020 planning one in the summer.

COVID-19 in Japan has become a big problem for the entire country. The Asian country has more than 15,400 confirmed cases but is slowly flattening the curve. Governments around the world are banning large scale gatherings to help prevent potential infections.

Images courtesy of Tokyo Game Show/Official Website

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