Tokyo Game Show and Paris Games Week Canceled Due to Coronavirus

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“This year should have been special, with a line-up full of new releases, and an anniversary edition which we were thrilled to celebrate with you,” says the Paris Games Week team via a blog post. “We are already preparing next year’s edition and are looking forward to seeing you again.”

Unlike the Tokyo Game Show, there don’t currently seem to be any plans to replace Paris Games Week with a digital event. That’s not really a surprise given how dependent that show is on the live attendee experience.

We’re feeling like a broken record at this point, but it’s worth reiterating that cancellations such as this, the stoppage of E3 2020, and numerous delays of film premieres and other forms of media should hopefully send the message that if there’s a live event that was set to occur sometime over the next few months (at the least) then you should probably expect that event to be canceled.

While some live event organizers are clearly holding out hope that they’ll be able to hold events before the end of the year, it’s looking like 2020 will be the year of the digital showcase. As we’ve seen in the case of Nintendo Direct announcements, such showcases can actually be incredibly entertaining and tremendously informative.

As we saw in the case of the recent Xbox Series X showcase, though, there will undoubtedly be some growing pains as we transition into what is quickly becoming the all-digital age.

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