Part of the show floor at TGS 2013. Image credit: Gameland International
Tokyo Game Show 2014 is not only about the showcasing of console and mobile games on the land where Nintendo, Capcom and Konami reside, but also about the Japanese indie game development scene breaking out and getting its game out there. Exhibition organisers CESA (or Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association) announced that the indie scene will be getting a special sponsor: Sony Computer Entertainment.
The company that created the PlayStation brand will be footing the bill for the show’s annual Indie Game Area and Sense of Wonder Night 2014 event. The company will cover 100 per cent of the former event’s exhibition fee, which lasts for four days throughout TGS and costs 99,900 yen (US$982). All exhibition fees for participants in the space will be free.
Furthermore, the deadline for applying for the Indie Game Area will be extended from May 30 to June 11; only 50 booths among the entries will be selected for the exhibition. Application for the Sense of Wonder Night 2014 event will be accepted until July 7. A maximum of 10 titles will be chosen for the presentation.
The turnout for the last year’s Indie Game Area was good with 41 indie developers from 10 countries showing up to exhibit their wares. The Sense of Wonder Night will have its seventh year showcasing promising game prototypes and esoteric ideas.
This year’s Tokyo Game Show will be held at the Makuhari Messe from September 18 to 21.