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Following Gamescom in Germany the next big event of the year in games is the Tokyo Games Show, held in Japan. The event was first held in 1996, running biannually until 2002 when it cut back to once a year instead. TGS attracts bigger audiences every year, with the 2013 show breaking records with 270,197 in attendance, continuing this streak last year with 271,224 over the four days. With over 332 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions the Tokyo Game Show is a diverse introspective into the world of video games. Many of the big names in the industry will be there, including Namco Bandai, Capcom, Sony Computer Entertainment and Square Enix.
While smaller than E3 the Tokyo Game Show tends to give audiences a closer look at the releases this holiday season before release, as well as teasing some new titles for the future. Many Asian based companies use this as an opportunity to announce directly to their fans.
Here is everything from the event so far:
Latest news from TGS
When is Tokyo Games Show?
Tokyo Game Show is one of the last big games events of the year, followed by PAX AUS, running from September 21st to the 24th. In Japan the event kicks off at 10 am every morning and closes down at 6pm for the night. Thankfully here in Australia we are only an hour ahead of the day in Japan, this means the Tokyo Game Show will run throughout our day - right up to dinner time.
Here is a list of event times converted for Australian Eastern Standard Time:
- Day 1: 11:00am Thursday, 21st September to 7:00pm Thursday, 21st September
- Day 2: 11:00am Friday, 22nd September to 7:00pm Friday, 22nd September
- Day 3: 11:00am Saturday, 23rd September to 7:00pm Saturday, 23rd September
- Day 4: 11:00am Sunday, 24th September to 7:00pm Sunday, 24th September
Where can you watch Tokyo Game Show live streams?
Getting that first hand experience with the demos on the show floor would be an amazing trip not everyone can attend in person, thankfully we have the internet to fall back on. The big shows this year will be live streamed from the event right to your computer.
Here is the list of shows to catch that will be broadcast in English:
- Sony Interactive Entertainment Press Conference: 5:00pm Wednesday, 19th September on PlayStation Japan’s Youtube channel. Live streaming on stage from the 21st of September to 24th of September on their Youtube channel.
- Bandai Namco Entertainment: Live streaming on stage from the 21st of September to 24th of September on their Twitch.tv channel.
- Capcom: Live streaming on stage from the 21st of September to 24th of September on their Twitch.tv channel.
- Koei Tecmo: Live streaming on stage from the 23rd of September to 24th of September on Youtube.
- Konami: Live streaming on stage from the 21st of September to 24th of September on their Youtube channel.
- SEGA Games: Live streaming on stage from the 21st of September to 24th of September on their Youtube channel.
- Square Enix: Live streaming on stage on the 21st of September, 23rd of September and the 24th of September on their Youtube channel.
Check out our Tokyo Game Show streaming guide for more information on where to stream each presentation and tournament this year (including helpful timezone guides).
Tokyo Game Show Exhibitors
Going through a list of over 300 exhibitors would be far too many to go through, so instead here are the notable names that made the list this year:
- Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Square Enix
- Koei Tecmo Games
- SEGA Games
For a complete list of the exhibitors and information on what is being shown, check out our comprehensive exhibitor guide.
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