Industry News Roundup – Events affected by Coronavirus (Updating)
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.
Virtual Event News
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[CANCELED] Event Details: March 13-22 in Austin, TX
Mar. 7, 2020: SXSW Cancellation Not Covered by Insurance via The Austin Chronicle
Mar. 6, 2020: City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Events
Mar. 4, 2020: Apple Cancels SXSW Plans Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Mar. 3, 2020: Amazon Studios Pulls Out of SXSW 2020
Emerald City Comic Con
[POSTPONED] Event Details: March 12-15 in Seattle, WA
Mar. 6, 2020: Emerald City Comic Con postponed to Summer 2020
Game Developers Conference
[CANCELED] Event Details: March 16-20 in San Francisco, CA
Mar. 10, 2020: GDC 2020 Announces Virtual Awards and Talk Schedule
Feb. 28, 2020: GDC 2020 Is Officially Canceled Due To Coronavirus
Event Details: February 27 – March 1 in Boston, MA
Feb 28, 2020: PAX East Opens in Boston Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Feb. 24, 2020: Capcom, Square Enix bow out of PAX East
Feb. 23, 2020: Coronavirus Crisis Closes the Ghibli Museum Until March 17
[POSTPONED] Event Details: July 24 – August 9 in Tokyo, Japan. Rescheduled to July 23 – August 8, 2021 and August 24 – September 5, 2021.