TOKYO, JAPAN – March 31, 2020 – Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, exA-Arcadia has no choice but to make the necessary decision to cancel the EXA Festival originally scheduled for May 9-10, 2020, in Tokyo, Japan as well as appearances at the following events (MGC – Midwest Gaming Classic, CAX – California Arcade Extreme, EVO, and GTI).
Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, attendees, and our customers is paramount, and serves as the reason for our decision to cancel the EXA Festival as well as other event showings. Location tests for new titles will only proceed based upon regional government guidance and will be announced accordingly.
Our team has been meeting daily, actively monitoring the situation and following guidance from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. On March 11, 2020, for example, the World Health Organization elevated the status of the novel coronavirus outbreak to a pandemic, and the United States President announced the US government’s decision to restrict travel from several countries. In Japan, further restrictions on inbound travel as well as tightening guidance on public gatherings is forthcoming from the local government.
We have been in constant contact with our creative and event partners who have worked tirelessly to organize the logistics for these events including preparing dozens of games for announcement and first public playables. We want to thank all of them for their incredible work and leadership during this difficult time.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to the arcade and exA-Arcadia.