What to Expect at the Tokyo Games Show 2023

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2023-09-18 10:30:03

The Tokyo Game Show, one of the largest video game trade shows in the world, has undergone significant changes over the past decade. Originally focused primarily on console gaming, the show has evolved to include mobile and PC games, as well as virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. In the past few years with COVID, the show has expanded its reach beyond Japan, attracting attendees from all over the world and using online events as a new channel. The types of exhibits and activities have also diversified, with a greater emphasis on indie developers and esports events.

Gone are the days when the show was dominated by massive booths from major Japanese corporations. Instead, the event now features a more fragmented approach, with smaller booths occupying a larger portion of the exhibition space. This shift reflects the growing prominence of indie developers and startups in the gaming industry, as well as the increasing importance of digital distribution channels. As a result, attendees now have access to a wider range of games and experiences from diverse companies, both large and small.

This year, there will be a notable absence of Steam Deck from the event, as Valve or Komodo wonโ€™t have any official presence at TGS, unlike in 2022. Despite this, several major Japanese companies such as Capcom, Square Enix, and Bandai Namco will attend with their usual large booths and long line-ups. However, one notable absence from the event will be Sony, who has stopped participating in recent years. In the past, Sony used to have a significant presence at TGS with massive booths showcasing their latest gaming products and technologies. The reasons for this change are not entirely clear, but itโ€™s possible that Sony has found that this kind of event does not bring much more exposure than they already have.

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