More Exhibitors Sign Up For Tokyo Game Show 2014

More exhibitors sign up for Tokyo Game Show 2014The number of companies and organizations that will set up booths at Tokyo Game Show 2014 is on pace to shatter the figure from last year, organizers said.

The 2013 trade fair had 352 exhibitors, attracting more than 270,000 visitors.

As of June 27, the number of applications submitted was 224, up by more than 20 percent from the 181 at the same time last year, the organizers said.

The event will be held Sept. 18-21 at the usual venue: the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba.

New video games for all platforms, including gaming consoles, personal computers and smartphones, are expected to be unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show.

The number of exhibitors from outside Japan is also expected to surpass that of last year.

Companies and organizations from the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the ASEAN-Japan Center will open their pavilions.

In addition, companies from Ireland, Austria, Canada, Spain, China, Germany, France, the United States, Hong Kong and Macao will set up booths.

Exhibitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China seem especially keen on making their presence felt.

In addition, 310 applications have been submitted for the Indie Game Area, including 149 from Japan and 161 from overseas.

Established for the first time in 2013, the exhibition area gives independent game developers an opportunity to present their games for every platform. At least 50 developers will be chosen to show off their products.

Exhibitor numbers for the Smartphone Game/ Social Game Area, Game Device Area, Romance Simulation Game Area and other sections are also expected to increase.