80 Titles Selected for Indie Game Free Exhibition

Published : Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 1:17 pm
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Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA, Chairman: Hideki Hayakawa) has invited applications from independent game developers for participating in a free exhibition project for indie games “Selected Exhibit” at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2020 ONLINE (TGS2020 ONLINE: After serious screening of 371 applications, 80 game titles are selected and announced today.

TGS2020 ONLINE also launches from today the campaign “Guess the SOWN2020 Finalists!” in which game fans will send in their guess on who will be nominated as the finalists out of the 80 game developers of “Selected Exhibit.” Developers of nominated game titles will compete in SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT 2020 (“SOWN2020”), a pitch contest where indie developers will present innovative game ideas. SOWN2020 will be streamed live on TGS2020 ONLINE from 5:00 p.m. on September 25 (Friday) in Japan Standard Time (JST).

These projects are co-sponsored by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and Nintendo.

■80 Titles Chosen for Indie Game “Selected Exhibit”

Indie games are gaining momentum around the world amid changes in how games are distributed to end users. With the sponsorship of SIE and Nintendo, TGS2020 ONLINE will provide an opportunity, free to participate for indie game developers, to announce and introduce new game titles and services. The “Selected Exhibit”
project received applications from a total of 371 titles from 21 countries and regions, and 80 titles are chosen after screening for the “Selected Exhibit” (free exhibition) scheme. Independent game developers from around the world, regardless of their status as professionals or amateurs, corporations or individuals, will showcase their original game titles on TGS2020 ONLINE.

In Cooperation with: International Game Developer Association Japan (IGDA Japan) Sponsored by: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Nintendo

■About “Guess who will be the SOWN2020 Finalists!” Campaign

The SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT (SOWN) is the event to provide an opportunity for the nominees selected from the Indie Game “Selected Exhibit” participants to present unique ideas that will catch people by surprise and give them a “Sense of Wonder”―a feeling that something will change in their world, right at the instant of first seeing or hearing about the concept.

From the 80 exhibitors of Indie Game “Selected Exhibit”, the selection committee will further choose eight works (SOWN2020 Finalists) that match with the aim of SOWN, and will announce the finalists on September 18 (Friday) on the TGS2020 ONLINE website. The SOWN2020 finalists will give presentations on their works at the release event, which will be streamed online, starting from 5:00 p.m. on September 25 (Friday) in JST. Outstanding works will be recognized with Grand Audience Award and other prizes.

Prior to SOWN2020, TGS2020 ONLINE will run the campaign for game fans to guess the SOWN2020 finalists from September 1 (Tuesday) to 17 (Thursday), 2020. Those who made a correct guess will have a chance to win PlayStation4 in Jet Black 1TB (CUH-7200BB01), Nintendo Switch, or TGS2020 ONLINE Official T-shirt by lottery.

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