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 2021 ONLINE. TGS2021 ONLINE: https://tgs.cesa.or.jp/en/
After serious screening of 286 applications, 80 game titles are selected and announced on September 1. TGS2021 ONLINE also launches from September 6 the campaign“Guess the SOWN2021 Finalists!” in which game fans will send in their guess on who will be nominated as the eight finalists out of the 80 game developers of “Selected Exhibit.” Developers of nominated game titles will compete in SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT 2021 (“SOWN2021”), a pitch contest where indie developers will present innovative game ideas.
SOWN 2021 finalists will be announced on September 24 (Friday) and SOWN2021 will be streamed live on TGS2021 ONLINE from 11:00 a.m. on October 1 (Friday) in Japan Standard Time (JST).
These projects are co-sponsored by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and Nintendo.
- Aim and Outline of Indie Game “Selected Exhibit” and SOWN
Indie games are gaining momentum around the world and new hit titles come out one after another. Indie Game “Selected Exhibit” and SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT (SOWN) are the projects to provide a platform for spotlighting on talented indie game developers and finding out unique game 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.
With the sponsorship of SIE and Nintendo, TGS2021 ONLINE will continue to provide an opportunity for indie game developers to announce and introduce their new game titles and services online. The project received applications from a total of 286 titles from 50 countries and regions, and 80 titles are chosen after screening for the free exhibition scheme “Selected Exhibit”.
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 TGS2021 ONLINE. The eight titles nominated from “Selected Exhibit” will participate in the pitch contest SOWN2021 where developers will present their innovative game ideas.
International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Japan Chapter
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), Nintendo