Nintendo Cancels Live 2024 Tokyo and Postpones Esports Events

Relentless Threats Target Staff and Attendees, Forcing Nintendo to Prioritize Safety Over Events”

Nintendo has announced the cancellation of Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo, an “all ages celebration of Nintendo fun,” and the postponement of several Japanese esports events due to persistent threats targeting both staff and spectators. The decision was revealed in a Japanese press release shared on X/Twitter by the reliable translator Genki.

The cancellation of Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo, initially scheduled for January 20 to 21, comes after employees faced relentless threats. These threats extended to include spectators, attendees, and staff, prompting Nintendo to prioritize safety and cancel the event. The cancellation also affects major esports tournaments that were part of the event, including the Splatoon 3 World Championship 2024, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Online Challenge Final Stage, and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Championship 2024. The dates for the rescheduled events remain undetermined.

In addition to Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo, the Splatoon Koshien 2023 National Finals, originally set for December 2023, have also been postponed due to the safety concerns arising from the threats.


In expressing their apologies for any inconvenience caused, Nintendo aimed to convey a genuine acknowledgment of the disappointment and disruption that the cancellation and postponement of events might bring to fans. The company understands the anticipation and excitement that surround these gatherings, especially considering the significance of Nintendo Live events as opportunities for fans to engage directly with their favorite games, participate in competitions, and immerse themselves in the unique Nintendo experience.

The decision to cancel Live 2024 Tokyo and postpone associated esports events was undoubtedly a challenging one, driven by the paramount concern for the safety and well-being of everyone involved. The continuous threats directed at both Nintendo staff and attendees presented a serious and potentially hazardous situation that necessitated immediate action. In light of these circumstances, Nintendo’s expression of gratitude to fans for their understanding is a recognition of the community’s patience and resilience amid unforeseen challenges.

The 2023 edition of Live, held in September in Seattle, Washington, marked the event’s debut in the United States. The celebration featured a range of fan-centric activities, including the opportunity to play upcoming Switch games, participate in tournaments, take photos with beloved characters, enjoy live stage performances, and more.