Tokyo Game Show 2020 Canceled, Will Move to Digital Event Instead

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Canceled, Will Move to Digital Event Instead

TGS joins the long list of 2020 events moving online.

Another in-person gaming event has been called off due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year's Tokyo Game Show has been called off, with the event moving online in its place.

Originally scheduled to take place Sept. 24 through 27, Tokyo Game Show has frequently been a hub of news during late summer to early fall. But because of the ongoing global health crisis, the organizers of TGS2020 are moving the show to online venues.

"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," reads a press statement posted online.

More details on what the online version of Tokyo Game Show 2020 will be released in the future.

Tokyo Game Show is one of many trade shows that has either shuttered its doors or moved online in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Major games have also experienced delays, as studios adjust to remote working environments and stay-at-home restrictions.

That doesn't mean there won't be any big gaming announcements this summer, though. The Summer Game Fest has been congregating major publisher streams and announcements under one roof, as many look to directly stream news and announcements otherwise scheduled for a certain week in June over the course of the next couple of months. Microsoft already debuted a third-party showcase for the Xbox Series X, though response was a little mixed.

Lead image via TGS.

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