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The Tokyo Game Show is Turning 20!

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TOKYO GAME SHOW 2016 Exhibition Outline Released!

This year’s theme is “Press Start to Play the Future”.

Many new sections including a VR Area.

Applications for exhibits are being accepted from today!

Dates: September 15 (Thursday) to September 18 (Sunday), 2016 / Venue: Makuhari Messe

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The Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA), in cooperation with Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. (Nikkei BP), has announced that it will be holding TOKYO GAME SHOW 2016 at Makuhari Messe for four days from Thursday, September 15th to Sunday, September 18th. Applications for exhibition booths are now being accepted.

The theme for TGS2016 is “Press Start to Play the Future”. This theme conveys the idea that video games are changing the entertainment industry by breaking down various barriers including national and generational divides through diverse playing methods and new technologies.

At TGS2016, a number of new sections will be setup for areas of increased interest. For example there will be a Virtual Reality (VR) Area where VR-related products and games soon to enter the market will be on display, and an AI Area where companies with advanced technologies and services related to artificial intelligence will be exhibited. At the Overseas Exhibition Area, in addition to Southeast Asia, where invitations for exhibitions have been promoted, there will be new areas including the “Eastern Europe’s Rising Stars Area” and “Latin America’s Rising Stars Area”for companies in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

In order to increase opportunities for hands-on game testing, which is something requested by many visitors, a special VR Experience Zone will be setup in the VR Area by organizers. In addition, those allowed to enter the Family Game Park (formerly called the Family Game Area) that parents and children are able to enjoy together has been expanded to included children up to junior-high school age along with their families. The lineup of games will be increased as well.

In order to widely transmit the latest information both inside and outside Japan, in addition to improvements to real events, the contents of official video channels will be greatly improved. DWANGO (President: Takashi Araki), which is a special partner for TGS2016, will broadcast special programs starting in July prior to the event in addition to regular programs during the show through the “niconico” video service, which they manage. In addition, official live programs from exhibitors will be supported free of charge during the event.* Tokyo Otaku Mode (Representative: Tomohide Kamei) will cooperate by producing original English-language programs for those outside of Japan.

* Some conditions exist for free distribution support such as having at least 40 booths

– The Tokyo Game Show Turns 20!

The first Tokyo Game Show was back in 1996, making this the 20th anniversary!

Last year, a new record of 480 companies and organizations participated, and there were about 270,000 visitors, which was the second highest ever.

The Tokyo Game Show has grown into an international event where the latest news from Japan is transmitted throughout the world. A number of special lectures and memorials are planned for this 20th anniversary. More details will be announced later. You won’t be disappointed.

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