Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, one of the many affected geek/gaming events is Tokyo Game Show (TGS), probably the most anticipated game convention and exhibit in Asia.
The Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association (CESA), the organizers of TGS, has decided to shift the event to an online format for this year following its cancellation. Now dubbed Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online, the online event is expected to be filled with major publishers and indie game developers, and is scheduled same as its original dates, from September 23-27, 2020.
The online event will include esports livestreams, game announcements and demos, and game-related merch and promotions, while the first day will be reserved for online business matching. According to a Famitsu interview with CESA, TGS 2020 will be having three channels: the main channel for exhibitors, the indie channel and Japan Game Awards, and an esports tournament channel. The main channel will feature what is originally set as stage events from its physical version, now streamed online in a set schedule. CESA will also adjust the livestreams to a more flexible schedule in order to avoid clashing/simultaneous broadcasts between channels. A special TGS 2020 site will also be set up in order for exhibitors and sponsors to showcase their games and products outside of the streaming schedule.
CESA is still accepting exhibitors for TGS 2020. More information can be found on the official event site.
Tokyo Game Show 2020 was initially cancelled last May 2020 due to the global pandemic. The organizers still hope that TGS will continue its physical event in Makuhari Messe next year.