There is no more American Tour, and no Dartslive world event in North America this year. There are less world events. It looks like there is no World Final this year. The World blah blah blah has gone from eight stages and a final, to five stages and no final. Since the the original idarts concept bar closed in Taipei's high rent fashionable shopping area a couple of years ago, none has since reopened. The one Idarts venue Google Maps in the greater Taipei area is a batting cage center. It has six Dartslive machines, mini-bowling, baseball equipment, a few video games, and pay for play batting cages on the roof. It is only idarts in name. Not in spirit. A quick search of Dartslive shops in Taiwan reveals that iDarts venues are batting cage places or bowling alleys. The original idarts lounge concept is dead. The situation is bleak within 3 miles of my house here in Taipei county. Five pool halls no longer have Dartslive boards. Four had league teams, and four of those pool halls have closed shop entirely. Another pool hall with 4 boards is now down to 2. In the last five years, close to ten shops or restaurants have closed or gotten rid of their boards. DNA, one of those "good" darts bar which had a couple of teams and 4 boards prominently placed right inside the door has eliminated 3 boards and put its one remaining board in a small room in the back. I talked to the staff last week. They only kept the board because they still have a team and some loyal old timers. They are no longer a dart bar. A couple of days ago I talked to a guy at the pool hall nearest my house. During our talk he said something that rang in my head like a bell. He said,"When darts was at its most popular." He explained to me that the pool hall had no choice, but to get rid of the Dartslive boards. The number of active players were in decline, and the Dartslive boards were too expensive to keep. They had four boards just a few months ago, all just inside the front door. They are gone now, replaced by a pool table. It must have been about 7 or 8 years ago. I remember being the only person shooting there. Then Dartslive made a meteoric rise, and the boards were busy every night and on weekends during the day. They had league games every Thursday night. They had four boards just a few months ago, all just inside the front door. They are gone now, replaced by a pool table. In parts of central Taiwan, many Dartslive venues have disappeared. Several of which only survived for a very short time. Some for less than two or three years. I have yet to see the latest Dartslive 3 boards anywhere in Taipei. Maybe I should get out more, but I get the feeling they aren't here. Just last week, I went to S-Darts shop in Taipei. Google Maps: Report Inappropriate Image It's a branch of the large online and brick and mortar Japanese retailer. It's the largest darts retail shop in Taiwan, in square footage, product selection, and number of boards. It opened last October, and has about a dozen boards, but all Dartslive 2. G Club, Google Maps: Report Inappropriate Image , which I visited last week, does not have the new boards. It's a huge venue downtown with over 20 Dartslive boards. G Club is part of Zansinryu Group, which operates several large local venues and also hosts the PDC Asian Tour, and big Dartslive events. Recently, several Dartslive boards were replaced by Unicorn Eclipse Pros. If any place in Taiwan were to have the new Dartslive 3 boards, I would have thought that G Club would have them, as they are arguably the most professional looking, poshest darts venue in Taiwan. Being the most professional looking place comes with a cost, though. It is not a drinking establishment. It does not in any way resemble the Dartslive concept bars from years past. It does not have the hip lounge atmosphere which attracts the young, well dressed, professional crowd. It does not have a full bar. It does not have an intimate atmosphere with sofas and low tables. It is big, open, and yes, looks like a place for darts, not a lounge for the beautiful crowd to hang out. Sure, the walls and high ceiling are sprayed night club matte black, and it's decorated in a minimalist modern cafeteria style, but it has the embience of an airplane hanger. As a consequence, it is often very empty, even on weekend nights. Let me count off a couple of the great darts lounge/bars downtown that have bit the dust over the last ten years. Duckbill, Double Bull, IDarts, and Dartslife TAIPEI > NIGHTLIFE > Darts Bars– Double Bull, Duck Bill, Darts Life, Chambord were the four big ones that I know of that cashed in during the up cycle. I loved Duckbill, Double Bull and Dartslife. They were cool places. I first met Royden Lam at Double Bull. He and his Hong Kong team came for a Taiwan visit. The Double Bull was run by my friend Danny. He is a past WDF rep for Taiwan. He's a great shooter, everyone likes him. He's a local legend. He and Paul Lim go back years and years. He's got tons of connections. He is one of the original two godfathers of darts here. If Danny couldn't keep Double Bull going, who can? He was the first of them to close up. He relocated to southern Taiwan where it's cheaper and warmer. These places above had a mix of Medalist, Arachnid, Phoenix, and Dartslive boards. If you liked crowds and wanted to see beautiful girls, beautiful guys, have expensive drinks, and play darts, these were the places to go for several years. Several more smaller Dartslive establishments have also gone under. There are still lots of Dartslive venues in Taipei, but many are not the hopping busy places of years past. The number of darts players, and customers are nowhere near what I used to see seven to ten years ago. I'm sure the sheer number of both Dartslive and Phoenix venues in Taipei seriously spreads players out among many more bars than in the past. But that's Taipei city. The county has seen the number of venues in decline. I predict that Taipei city will soon see fewer and fewer darts venues, just as the county has seen a drop in number of venues. The boom is over. The bust cycle has started. In the next few months Taipei will host the Asia International darts tournament, and a big Phoenix tourney. The last few years the AI tournament saw increased turnout each year. It will be interesting to see what this year brings.