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[TOKYO GAME SHOW]
TOKYO GAME SHOW 2018 Exhibition Outline Released!
Dates: September 20 (Thursday) to September 23 (Sunday), 2018
In cooperation with Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. (Nikkei BP, President: Suguru Niinomi), the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA, Chairman: Hideki Okamura) has announced that it will be holding TOKYO GAME SHOW 2018 (TGS2018) at Makuhari Messe (Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture) for four days from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23. Applications for exhibition are now being accepted.
The theme for TGS2018 is “Welcome to the Next Stage.” Games continue to surprise and inspire people with new play and new technologies. Discover games which make you feel like you’re there, share emotion and excitement with people worldwide over the Internet as you compete and cheer e-Sports as with other sporting events. One of Asia’s largest fairs where everyone can experience such new ways to enjoy games is happening again this year.
In the game industry, the Japan esports Union (JeSU) was announced in February, established with the support of industry associations including CESA and Japan Online Game Association (JOGA). As its activity starts in earnest, e-Sports is expected to flourish from the standpoint of creating a new market and business model. The e-Sports stage was upgraded to become the larger stage “e-Sports X (“cross”)” last year. JeSU will take part in organizing this stage for TGS2018, and venue expansion and a new preliminary tournament area are planned. TOKYO GAME SHOW will present the heated battles as an international event to support e-Sport competitors to go on to perform in Japan and around the world.
As the other pillar to transmitting information, we will enhance our Internet video streaming system. In addition to niconico, Twitch, and Douyu, which we have been using, we will have a major expansion of our platform for Japan and elsewhere, centered on e-Sports, and aim for increased viewership on a global scale.
The VR/AR Area, receiving attention for its collection of technologies which facilitate revolutionary gaming experiences never available before, now allows exhibition of products and services for amusement only, in addition to game software compatible with VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), and MR (mixed reality).
TOKYO GAME SHOW started in 1996. It has grown to become an event receiving attention in Japan and elsewhere, with over 600 businesses and organizations exhibiting each year since 2016 and visitors exceeding 250,000 for five years in a row since 2013. This year, it will evolve into an even more global event as we expand our Internet video streaming content so that anyone, anywhere in the world will be able to enjoy it with ease along with those on the venue. TOKYO GAME SHOW 2018 is advancing to a new stage.