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Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in late 2019, it has spread across the globe. As a result, various events have been affected due to health and safety concerns. Many sporting events have opted to close their arenas and stadiums, focusing on broadcast only. Several theme parks across Japan have temporarily closed. Concerts, conferences, and conventions have canceled and postponed. Project Anime has compiled an ongoing list of pop culture event statements, cancelations, postponements, and virtual event news; closures and cancellations in Japan; and updates from the Olympics.

This article will be updated regularly as the situation develops.

Note: Statements are from conventions that have yet to be postponed/canceled. If/when an event is canceled or postponed, the links to their statements are moved next to the link to their cancellation/postponement message to better understand each event’s communication timeline.

Statements

May 19, 2020: MEGACON Orlando becomes MEGACON Orlando: Limited Edition (scheduled Oct. 30 – Nov. 1) an exclusive convention with limited capacity
May 18, 2020: Clarion Events Postpones all Events through July 2020
Apr. 22, 2020: An Update on PAX West 2020
Apr. 22, 2020: A Message from Dragon Con
Apr. 9, 2020: A Message from BlizzCon

Apr. 3, 2020: An Official Statement from Crunchyroll Expo
Mar. 17, 2020: A Message from International Otaku Expo Association (IOEA) via Facebook
Mar. 14, 2020: An Otakuthon Announcement about COVID-19 via Facebook
Mar. 14, 2020: A Message from TsubasaCon 2020
Mar. 14, 2020: Regarding Upcoming Green Mustard Entertainment Events via Facebook
Mar. 13, 2020: ColossalCon (Jun 15-17 in Ohio) Statement via Twitter / Update from Mar 11
Mar. 13, 2020: Tokyo in Tulsa Official Statement
Mar. 13, 2020: AnimeNYC Statement about Coronavirus (Updating)
Mar. 13, 2020: 2D Con Statement
Mar. 12, 2020: Supanova Comic Con and Gaming Official Statement via Facebook
Mar. 12, 2020: Vegas Toy and Comic Convention Statement
Mar. 12, 2020: Statement from Holiday Matsuri
Mar. 12, 2020: A Message from SabakuCon about Coronavirus (Updating)
Mar. 11, 2020: Statement from Anime Matsuri
Mar. 11, 2020: Supanova Comic Con & Gaming (March 13-14 in Australia)
Mar. 9, 2020: Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim Convention Center update
Mar. 9, 2020: Events Industry Experts Weigh In on the Coronavirus
Mar 7, 2020: Leeds Anime & Gaming Con – Animeleague Events Corona Virus Risk Mitigation Policy
Jan. 29, 2020: Reed Exhibitions Issues Statement on the COVID-19 Virus

Virtual Event News

View our Virtual Event calendar here.

May 28, 2020: KCON to hold online virtual event KCON:TACT in June
May 19, 2020: Gen Con to hold “Gen Con Online” during original event dates
May 13, 2020: Anime Limited Announces Free Cloud Matsuri Virtual Con for May 30-31
Apr. 30, 2020: MomoCon to host a virtual event experience called MomoConline May 21 – 24
Apr. 29, 2020: Japan Weekend hosts Japan Weekend Online June 1 – 7
Apr. 29, 2020: From the Organizers of Star Wars Celebration, “An Online Revelry: May the 4th Be With You and Revenge of the 5th” online event launches on May 4
Apr. 8, 2020: E3 Game Show Will Not Hold Online Event in 2020
Mar. 31, 2020: Gamescom 2020 will take place “at least in a digital format”
Mar. 20, 2020: Virtual GDC 2020 – Vault of Speaker Sessions
Mar. 18, 2020: Funko to run its second Virtual Convention in lieu of attending Wondercon 2020
Mar. 10, 2020: Game Developers Conference 2020 Announces Virtual Awards And Talk Schedule
Mar. 9, 2020: Funko hosts first Virtual Convention due to the cancellation of Emerald City Comic Con

Cancellation/Postponement

Updating: Major concerts canceled due to Coronavirus via Billboard
Updating: How Coronavirus is affecting Esports and Gaming Events
May 28, 2020: KCON:LA (scheduled for August 27 – 30) Postpones
May 28, 2020: Matsuricon (scheduled for August 14 – 16) Cancels
May 26, 2020: BlizzCon (scheduled for November 2020) Cancels
May 19, 2020: METROCON 2020 (scheduled for July 23 – 26) Cancels
May 19, 2020: All 2020 MCM Conventions (Birmingham, London, Manchester, and Scotland) Cancelled
May 19, 2020: Gen Con (scheduled for July 30 – August 2) Canceled / Statement from Apr 30
May 15, 2020: Animanga (scheduled for July 31-August 2) Cancels 
May 12, 2020: Rose City Comic Con (scheduled for Sept 11-13 in Portland) Cancels
May 8, 2020: Tokyo Game Show 2020 (scheduled for September 24 – 27) Cancels physical event and will be hosting an online event instead
May 8, 2020: Florida SuperCon 2020 (originally scheduled for May 8 – 10 and postponed to July 4th weekend) Cancels
May 7, 2020: MEGACON Orlando (scheduled for October 30 – November 1) Cancels
May 2, 2020: Otakuthon (scheduled for August 14 – 16) Cancels
Apr. 30, 2020: JAFAX 2020 (scheduled for June 28) Canceled
Apr. 27, 2020: Otakon (scheduled for July 31-Aug 2) Canceled
Apr. 20, 2020: Animethon (scheduled for August 7-9) Canceled
Apr. 17, 2020: Anime Expo 2020 (scheduled for July 2-5 ) Canceled / CEO Update from Mar 27 / Message from Mar 2
Apr. 17, 2020: San Diego Comic Con “SDCC” (scheduled for July 23-26) Canceled / Mar. 10, 2020: Comic-Con Officials Say SDCC and WonderCon Still Proceeding At This Time / Statement from Feb 28
Apr. 17, 2020: ColossalCon (scheduled for June 4-7) Postponed to September 2 – 6
Apr. 15, 2020: International Fan Festival Toronto (scheduled for June 19-21) Canceled
Apr. 14, 2020: Japan Expo (scheduled for July 2-5) Postponed to 2021
Apr. 13, 2020: Fanime (scheduled for May 22-25) Postponed to 2021 / Update from FanimeCon Chair from Mar 23 / Statement from Mar 11
Apr 10. 2020: Burning Man Cancels 2020 Event and Will Focus on Virtual ExperienceStatement from Mar 4
Apr. 6, 2020: MomoCon (scheduled for May 21-24) Canceled / Statement from Mar 11
Apr. 3, 2020: Otaku Summit 2020 (scheduled for June 27-28) Postponed
Apr. 1, 2020: Rooster Teeth Expo (Scheduled for July 3-5) Postponed to September 5-7
Mar. 31, 2020: 2020 Pokémon Championship Series (scheduled for June 26-28 and August 14-16) Canceled
Mar. 31, 2020: QuakeCon 2020 (scheduled for August 6-9) cancelled due to coronavirus concerns
Mar. 30, 2020: AnimeCon Classic 2020 (scheduled for June 5-7) Cancels 2020 events via Facebook
Mar. 30, 2020: AnimeNEXT (scheduled for June 12-14) Cancels 2020 event
Mar. 27, 2020: Comic Market 98 (Comiket Spring 2020) (scheduled for May 2 – 5) Canceled / Statement from Mar 16
Mar. 26, 2020: KCON New York (scheduled for June 12-14) Cancels
Mar. 26, 2020: Animazement 2020 (scheduled for May 22-24) Canceled due to Citywide Mandate
Mar. 25, 2020: Anime North 2020 (scheduled for May 22-24) Canceled
Mar. 25, 2020: Taipei Game Show officially cancels after rescheduling to June 25-28
Mar. 25, 2020: DoKomi (scheduled for May 23-24) Postponed to September 12-13 via Twitter / Statement from Mar 13 / Statement from Mar 6
Mar. 25, 2020: Anime Frontier 2020 (scheduled for May 8-10) Canceled / Mar. 16, 2020: Official Statement (Updating) / Mar. 13, 2020: Anime Frontier Restricting Attendance from Highly Affected Areas
Mar. 23, 2020: MegaCon Orlando 2020 (scheduled for April 16-19) Rescheduled to June 4-7
Mar. 22, 2020: VidCon 2020 (scheduled for June 17-20) Canceled due to Coronavirus Concerns / Statement from Mar 11
Mar. 20, 2020: HYPER JAPAN Festival 2020 (scheduled for July 10-12) Postponed
Mar. 20, 2020: Kawaii Kon (scheduled for May 15-17 in Honolulu, HI) is Postponed via Facebook / Statement from Mar 4
Mar. 20, 2020: Aniplex’s Fate/stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] III spring song Premiere (scheduled for April 17) canceled due to Coronavirus Concerns via Facebook
Mar. 20, 2020: Anime St. Louis (scheduled for May 1 – 3) Canceled due to Coronavirus Concerns via Facebook
Mar. 19, 2020: Cannes (scheduled for May 12 – 23) Officially Postpones This Year’s Festival
Mar. 19, 2020: MCM Comic Con London (scheduled for May 29-31) Postponed to July 10 -12
Mar. 19, 2020: Otafest (scheduled for May 15-17 in Alberta, Canada) Canceled due to Coronavirus Concerns / Statement from Mar 12
Mar. 19, 2020: Dreamhack Summer (scheduled for June 12-14) Postponed to August 6 – 9
Mar. 19, 2020: Dreamhack Dallas (scheduled for May 22-24) Postponed to August 14 – 16
Mar. 19, 2020: Anime Central 2020 (scheduled for May 15-17 in Rosemont, IL) Canceled / Statements from Feb 29, Mar 16, Mar 20 (Updating)
Mar. 18, 2020: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (scheduled for May 8-10) canceled
Mar. 16, 2020: A-Kon (scheduled for May 21-24 in Dallas, TC) Postponed and Returning in 2021 via Twitter
Mar. 16, 2020: Naka-Kon 2020 Is Now Canceled Instead of Postponed
Mar. 16, 2020: Tekko 2020 (scheduled for April 3 – 5 in Pittsburgh, PA) Postponed to June 25 – 28 / Statements from Mar 8 & 12
Mar. 16, 2020: Sakura-Con (scheduled for April 10-12 in Seattle) Canceled due to Citywide Ban on Large Gatherings via Facebook / Statement from Mar 13 / Statement from Mar 2
Mar. 14, 2020: Anime Detour 2020 (scheduled for April 3-5 in Minneapolis, MN) Canceled 
Mar. 14, 2020: Anime Boston 2020 (scheduled for April 10 – 12) Cancellation Announcement / Statement from Mar 13Statement from Mar 8
Mar. 14, 2020: Colorado Anime Fest 2020 (scheduled March 20 – 22) Canceled due to Citywide Guidance on Large Gatherings / Statement from Mar 9
Mar. 13, 2020: Anime Pasadena (scheduled for April 18 – 19) Postponed to November 28 – 29
Mar. 13, 2020: Fan Expo Dallas (scheduled for March 27-29) Postponed to June 19-21
Mar. 13, 2020: Las Vegas Licensing Expo (scheduled for May 19-21) Postponed to August 11 – 13
Mar. 13, 2020: Cosplay Carnival 2020 (scheduled for April 18-19) Postponed via Facebook
Mar. 13, 2020: MCM Birmingham Comic Con (scheduled for March 21-22) Postponed
Mar. 13, 2020: Sabaku Con (scheduled for April 3-5) Postponed
Mar. 13, 2020: Middle Tennessee Anime Convention “MTAC” (scheduled for April 10-12) Postponed
Mar. 13, 2020: Florida Supercon (scheduled for May 8-10) Postponed
Mar. 12, 2020: Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo (scheduled for April 18) Postponed via Facebook
Mar. 12, 2020: Kigacon (scheduled for March 13-15) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: EvilleCon (scheduled for March 20-22) Canceled due to Large Gathering Bans in Indiana via Facebook
Mar. 12, 2020: Louisiana Comic Con (scheduled for March 14-15) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: Insomniac Postpones Beyond Wonderland (scheduled for March 20-21) Amid New California Event Guidelines
Mar. 12, 2020: Fubukicon (schedule for Mar 14 in Amherst, NY) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: Nadeshicon (scheduled for April 3-5 in Quebec) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: Evillecon (scheduled for March 20-22 in Indiana) Canceled / Statement from Mar 9
Mar. 12, 2020: DreamHack France (scheduled for May 8-10) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: Kaizokucon (scheduled for April 3-5 in Ireland) Canceled  / Statement from Mar 9
Mar. 12, 2020: Ani-Me Con (scheduled for Mar 21-22 in Fresno, CA) Postponed to May 1-2
Mar. 12, 2020: Zenkaikon 2020 (scheduled for March 20-22 in Lancaster, PA) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: Tora-Con (scheduled for March 21-22 in Rochester, NY) Canceled
Mar. 12, 2020: Naka-Kon (scheduled for March 13-15 in Kansas) Canceled. Returning March 12 – 14, 2021
Mar. 12, 2020: ExpOtaku Almería (scheduled for Mar in Spain) Postponed
Mar. 12, 2020: Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo (scheduled for March 14-15) Postponed
Mar. 11, 2020: Nickelodeon to Postpone the 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards
Mar. 11, 2020: Wondercon (scheduled for April 10-12 in Anaheim) Postponed / Mar 10 –  Comic-Con Officials Say SDCC and WonderCon Still Proceeding At This Time
Mar. 11, 2020: E3 2020 (scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles, CA) Canceled / Feb 28 –  ESA indicates plan to move forward with E3 2020
Mar. 11, 2020: Miku Expo 2020 (scheduled for April 5 – May 15 in US/Canada) Postponed to September 4 – October 24 tour dates
Mar. 11, 2020: “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” (scheduled for March 27) Canceled
Mar. 11, 2020: Dublin Comic Con: Spring Edition 2020 (scheduled for Mar 14-15 in Ireland) Postponed to Aug 8-9
Mar. 11, 2020: IMEX Frankfurt (scheduled for May 12-14) Canceled
Mar. 10, 2020: Manga-Comic-Con (scheduled for March 12-15) Canceled
Mar. 10, 2020: Animarathon (scheduled March 28-29) Officially Canceled
Mar. 10, 2020: Paris Manga and Sci-Fi Show 2020 (scheduled for March 7-8) Canceled
Mar. 10, 2020: RuPaul’s DragCon LA (scheduled for May 1-3) Canceled
Mar. 9, 2020: Inaugural Burning Cat (May 16-17 in Portland, OR) Postponed until 2021
Mar. 6, 2020: TwitchCon Amsterdam (scheduled for May 2-3, 2020) Canceled
Mar. 5, 2020: Rooster Teeth cancels Achievement Hunter Live shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle as well as Off-Topic Live LA; intends to reschedule events for later this year
Mar. 4, 2020: Mechademia Kyoto 2020 Conference (scheduled for May 30-June 1) Postponed until May 2021
Mar. 3, 2020: Leipzig Book Fair and Manga-Comic-Con (scheduled for March 12-15 in Germany) Canceled
Feb. 27, 2020: h.NAOTO cancels appearance at Sakura-Con
Feb. 27, 2020: Project Anime: Tokyo 2020 Postpones
SXSW

[CANCELED] Event Details: March 13-22 in Austin, TX

Mar. 10, 2020: SXSW Lays Off A Third of Staff Following Festival’s Cancelation due to Coronavirus Concerns

Mar. 7, 2020: SXSW Cancellation Not Covered by Insurance via The Austin Chronicle

Mar. 6, 2020: City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Events

Mar. 6, 2020: Starz and Lionsgate Join Netflix, Apple, Amazon & Warner Media in Skipping SXSW Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Mar. 6, 2020: Paramount Network, Comedy Central, ICM Partners Latest To Exit Over Coronavirus Concerns

Mar. 4, 2020: Supernatural SXSW Panel Canceled; Warner Media limiting travel due to Coronavirus

Mar. 4, 2020: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix withdraw from SXSW over coronavirus concerns

Mar. 4, 2020: Apple Cancels SXSW Plans Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Mar. 3, 2020: Amazon Studios Pulls Out of SXSW 2020 

Mar. 2, 2020: Petition to cancel SXSW reaches 14,000 signatures and the Twitter Keynote speaker drops out

Emerald City Comic Con

[POSTPONED] Event Details: March 12-15 in Seattle, WA

Mar. 6, 2020: Emerald City Comic Con postponed to Summer 2020

Mar. 6, 2020: Emerald City Comic Con 2020: Thousands of fans opt for refunds amid coronavirus concerns

Mar. 4, 2020: Reedpop issues statement expressing dedication to running Emerald City Comic Con

Mar. 3, 2020: DC Cancels All March Convention Plans, Including Emerald City Comic Con

Mar. 3, 2020: DC, Del Rey Books, Vault Comics, and Dark Horse Comics Over Coronavirus Outbreak

Game Developers Conference

[CANCELED] Event Details: March 16-20 in San Francisco, CA

Mar. 12, 2020: Xsolla Launches Game Developers Carnival, a Virtual Industry Event to Benefit GDC Postponement

Mar. 10, 2020: GDC 2020 Announces Virtual Awards and Talk Schedule

Feb. 28, 2020: GDC 2020 Is Officially Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Feb. 27, 2020: Microsoft, Epic Among Companies Dropping Out of GDC Amid CoronaVirus Fears

Feb. 26, 2020: San Francisco’s Coronavirus State of Emergency Won’t Halt Game Developers Conference

Feb. 24, 2020: Kojima Productions Cancels GDC Attendance Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

PAX East

Event Details: February 27 – March 1 in Boston, MA

Mar. 2, 2020: Organizers of PAX East gathering say attendance was strong over the weekend

Feb 28, 2020: PAX East Opens in Boston Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Feb 26. 2020: CD Projekt Red and PUBG Corp abandon PAX plans amid coronavirus fears

Feb. 24, 2020: Capcom, Square Enix bow out of PAX East

Feb. 19, 2020: Sony is Skipping Pax East Convention over Coronavirus Concern

Japan

Apr. 6, 2020: Japan to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, other areas

Mar. 12, 2020: Coronavirus Fears Threaten to Wreck Tokyo’s Cherry Blossom Season

Mar. 9, 2020: String of K-pop Concerts Cancelled in Japan as Entry Restrictions Go Into Force.

Mar. 3, 2020: A Comprehensive List of Closed Tourist Attractions in Japan Due to the Coronavirus

Mar. 2, 2020: TAAF 2020 Event Cancels All Programs, Ultraman Taiga Film Delayed, Namjatown Amusement Park Temporarily Closes

Feb. 28, 2020: Tokyo Disneyland, Universal Studios Japan Announce Two-Week Closure Over Coronavirus Scare

Feb. 26, 2020: AnimeJapan 2020 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Feb. 26, 2020: Bandai Namco Entertainment, Love Live! Events Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Feb. 26, 2020: Seiyū Award, Key, Aikatsu Events Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Feb. 27, 2020: All Schools in Japan told to close until April over virus outbreak

Feb. 23, 2020: Coronavirus Crisis Closes the Ghibli Museum Until March 17

Feb. 22, 2020: Sanrio Puroland Temporarily Closed in Tokyo Over Coronavirus Concern

Feb. 21, 2020: Idolm@ster Million Live Cruise & Sony, Facebook’s GDC Attendance Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Feb. 17, 2020: AnimeJapan 2020 and Family Anime Festa 2020 – About Novel Coronavirus Outbreak and Measures Against It

Feb. 16, 2020: Japan May Lose $1.29 Billion in Tourism Revenue Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Olympics

[POSTPONED] Event Details: July 24 – August 9 in Tokyo, Japan. Rescheduled to July 23 – August 8, 2021 and August 24 – September 5, 2021.

Mar. 30, 2020: IOC, IP, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Announce New Dates for 2021

Mar. 24, 2020: Japanese PM and IOC Chief Agree to Postpone 2020 Olympics – Official Statement

Mar. 23, 2020: After IOC bends, Japan finally starts to plan for Olympics postponement

Mar. 23, 2020: Tokyo 2020: Great Britain will withdraw from Olympics if coronavirus spreads as predicted

Mar. 22, 2020: Canadian and Australian athletes will not compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games due to COVID-19 risks

Mar. 22, 2020: Health and Safety Paramount as IOC Executive Board Agrees to Step Up Scenario-Planning for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Mar. 19, 2020: Japanese Olympic Committee official calls for postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mar. 10, 2020: Japanese Organizing Official Discusses Possibility Olympics Could be Postponed 1 – 2 Years

Mar. 3, 2020: IOC Executive Board Statement On The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Feb. 27, 2020: WHO is advising Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers as coronavirus spreads, official says

Feb. 27, 2020: IOC president ‘fully committed’ to holding Olympics on schedule: media

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in late 2019, it has spread across the globe. As a result, various events have been affected due to health and safety concerns. Many sporting events have opted to close their arenas and stadiums, focusing on broadcast only. Several theme parks across Japan have temporarily closed. Concerts, conferences, and conventions have canceled and postponed. Project Anime has compiled an ongoing list of pop culture event statements, cancelations, postponements, and virtual event news; closures and

Stay up to date! Project Anime provides some of the latest news in the Japanese pop culture industry during February 2020.     [Collider] Crunchyroll Announces First-Ever Slate of Originals             [Deadline] Hulu Promotes Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Campbell to President             [Cord Cutters News] Netflix Expands Anime Collection by Partnering with Six Creators for Originals           [Youtube] Aniplex Announced the Launch of A New Visual Novel Brand: ANIPLEX.EXE               [Anime News Network] Kadokawa Launches Official Goods Store for Overseas Fans             [Olean Times Herald] Funko, Inc. Announces Bandai as Exclusive Distribution Partner Across Japan               [Hollywood Reporter] ESA President Talks E3 Absences,

Stay up to date! Project Anime provides some of the latest news in the Japanese pop culture industry during January 2020.     [Anime News Network] Digital Manga Sales Up 29.5% in Japan in 2019               [Verge] Netflix has ordered a live-action show based on One Piece, which will add to the current live-action adaptations roster to court manga and anime fans             [Anime News Network] Funimation will shut down access to its FunimationNow streaming service for users in Australia and New Zealand on March 30           [Business Insider] Youtube nabs exclusive streaming rights

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