The Taipei Game Show, one of the biggest game exhibitions in Asia, has been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The event was originally scheduled for February 6-9 at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Previously, it had been announced that such projects as The Last of Us Part II, Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, and Final Fantasy VII Remake would be featured at the event.
Originally, the Taipei Game Show was to proceed as scheduled, although the event organizers had sent out a list of precautions for the show. It included temperature checks at the entrances and masks to be worn at all times by all attendees.
However, multiple publishers including Justdan Entertainment, beanfun, and WANIN Games cancelled their attendance after receiving the list of precautions. And today, the coronavirus was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
In response, today the Taipei Computer Association announced they are postponing the event to this summer. It will be held at the original location, but a specific date has not been announced. They released the following statement:
“Taipei Game Show is one of the iconic annual networking events. With that in mind, W.H.O. has declared a global emergency as Wuhan coronavirus spreads. Considering mass gatherings like Taipei Game Show increase the chance of cluster infections, the organizing committee has decided to steer away from such unthinkable risks. We sincerely ask for exhibitors’ understanding of such a major decision. The detail of the execution on the postponement will be carefully discussed and will be announced in the upcoming days.”