Tokyo Game Show Shifts to Online Because of Pandemic Concerns

Photo from the Tokyo Game Show 2019
Photo from the Tokyo Game Show 2019 / Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Game Show announced the original event has been cancelled due to rising concerns over the COVID-19 health pandemic, according to an announcement from the event organizers released Friday.

Instead, an online Tokyo Game Show for 2020 will be held on Sept. 24 to 27, the same timeframe the original event was planned to commence.

The original event was planned to take place at Makhuri Messe. There are no further details just yet on how the online event will take place at this time.

Event organizers cited the unpredictability of the disease globally and in Japan as the sole reason for the adjustment.

"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," the press release stated. "We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation."

More details will be announced later this month via the official website, according to the release.