TGS 2018 “Indie Game Area” “SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT” now accepting applications
Published : Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:35 pm
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TOKYO GAME SHOW 2018, organized by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) and co-organized by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. (Nikkei BP) decided to carry out two projects and started accepting applications for them to support the independent game developers: one is “Indie Game Area (type A),” the exhibition area of free-of-charge, and the other is “SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT 2018 (SOWN 2018),” the contest to determine the excellent game ideas from the exhibitors in the Indie Game Area (type A).
Since it was established in 2013, Indie Game Area (type A) has offered to exhibit the titles which pass the screening and will have many visitors including the game industry professionals to gamer funs every year. In TGS2017, 64 developers from 18 countries/regions, screened from 332 applicants from 40 countries/regions, had exhibited in the Indie Game Area (type A).
On the other hand, SOWN is established in 2008 as a project to showcase game ideas that will give the players “Sense of Wonder” － a feeling that something will change in players’ world. This had been originally held alone, but has changed to the project to give a chance to be the SOWN presenters selected from Indie Game Area (type A) exhibitors, to present their own game ideas from 2017. In the TGS2017, eight developers appeared on the stage as the presenters of SOWN.
It is now confirmed that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) decided to support indie game developers as a special sponsor for both projects. Developers whose titles selected by the TGS Management Office get to exhibit in the Indie Game Area (Type A) for free. Also, SIE co-sponsors SOWN2018. Both projects will be carried out with the cooperation of International Game Developers Association Japan Chapter (IGDA Japan).
Through these projects, TGS will provide opportunities to disseminate new games created by independent game developers to the world.
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