Tokyo Gameshow 2021: Indie Spotlight
What’s up gamers? As the world shifts from over 9000 days of quarantine, and rolling out vaccines, returning to our good old pre-2020 civilization is just on the horizon. Until then the world remains in this weird segue between “yea you can go outside” but “mass gatherings are forbidden!” As such, while the Tokyo Gameshow 2021 is going the online streaming route once again. As news for TGS2021 floods my inbox sporadically, this recent update is the kinda thing we here at Beast Gamer Kuma like to hear. That is indie game spotlights! With triple-A companies like Nintendo opening up “Indie World” a section of its Eshop dedicated to bringing indie games to its players, it’s only natural major gaming events such as TGS would follow suit. TGS 2021 will promote indie games with its Selected Exhibition and Sense of Wonder Night!
TGS 2021 Kicks off!
As it stands, TGS2021 is accepting applications for Select Exhibition (SE). We here at Beast Gamer Kuma do NOT like to leave ya’ll hanging so here’s a link to the application, provided by yours truly. You’re welcome in advance :).
Application Process here!
For those of you looking for the deets on the virtual event, fear not, I will not leave you hanging either! SE made its debut at TGS2020 as a replacement for “Indie Game Selections Booths.” This change was made to accommodate TGS first-ever conversion to an online event. Indie game developers can enter for an SE spot free of charge. Applicants can range from individual, amateur, and indie game companies. As long as applicants FOLLOW THE RULES and meet the qualifications, all in the indie realm are welcome to submit an application! The perks? Successful applicants can utilize the “business matching system” to hold online business meetings with other exhibitors. SE’s will also organize campaigns and live program streams conducted by the TGS management office to attract buzz and new fans to their titles! It’s free of charge to submit an app and the perks could really help get some indie titles out there on the map. Soooo, if you’re an indie developer with a title you’d like to share with the work, well the link is above you, dear shining star.
Sense of Wonder Night (SOWN) has been a staple in the TGS program since its launch in 2008. The term comes from game ideas that “provoke a sense of wonder.” Here selected finalists to get to present their ideas. The connection between SE and SOWN is that since 2017, developers from the Selection Booths have been selected to present their ideas as SOWN finalists. Since booths have been temporarily annihilated by COVID19, finalists will now be chosen from SE. However, competition is high. I’m talking Ivy League admissions competitive, as of right now, there are only *drum roll plz* 8 SOWN spots. That’s right folks, I did not make a typo. 8. Whether TGS decided to increase the number of finalists is up in the air, but for now, the number I was given is 8. These amazing 8 will present video presentations of their ideas, where they’ll be eligible for prizes such as the “Audience Award Grand Prix” and “Best Game Design” award. And of course cash incomes with these prizes, with the “Audience Award” totaling $3,000 USD and “Best Design.” totaling $500 USD.
In the event any of this information changes, once again I will not leave you hanging and update. So to all current and future applicants, best of luck, and may the TGS Gawds bless thee with a SE and SOWN spot!