Despite COVID-19, ChinaJoy 2020 Is Still Taking Place This July

China’s biggest video game expo is still going to open as scheduled despite the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Shanghai Daily, ChinaJoy 2020 will be held this summer as usual. Details below:

Date: 31st July – 3rd August
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai

The show’s organizers will be taking extra precautions. These include attendants having to pre-register with their real names and requiring a green health QR code, temperature and health screenings at the expo’s entrance, and social distancing practices including spreading out displays.

Good Idea?

This is quite a gamble for ChinaJoy and its organizers: on one hand, it may end up as the only offline large-scale video game show to persevere through the pandemic. Shows like E3 and Gamescom are either cancelled or relegated to online shows. And with the last ChinaJoy event hitting a record 364,700 visitors across its four-day run, this year’s showing may top that since there isn’t any competition going on.

On the other hand, there’s a huge risk of people being infected during and after the show even with all the health screenings and precautions. ChinaJoy may end up as a cautionary tale of why you shouldn’t tempt fate against an unknown and unseen enemy.

Guess we’ll find out this late July if the expo will make good or bad headlines.┬áIn related news, China’s PC market is still the world’s largest. A recent report showed that PC and mobile game revenue in the country is at US$33.1 billion in 2019.

Author: Mr Toffee

Jonathan "Mr Toffee" Leo is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion.

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