Tokyo Game Show records over 130,000 for first in-person show in 3 years

Photo by Daryl Harding

For the first time since 2019, the Tokyo Game Show returned to the halls of Makuhari Messe in its first in-person event since the pandemic began. Over the course of four days, the first two of which were business and press days, the event gave the Japanese gaming industry the chance to show the world why it continues to produce some of the best games in the world, as well as giving the international gaming industry the opportunity to introduce their games to a Japanese audience for the first time.

That being said, Tokyo Game Show 2022 only drew half the number of people this year compared to 2019, with 138,192 people came to the event over the four days in 2022compared to 262,076 people in 2019.

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Breaking down by day, on Thursday September 15, first day and business/press day, 23,051 people went through the days. This Friday, the second working day, 21,066 press people and industry professionals were present. On Friday, the doors opened to the general public at 2 p.m. with 6,548 people.

On the first all-public day on September 17, 47,236 people attended, with 40,291 people on the second public day and fourth overall. This can be compared to the two public days of the event in 2019 which saw 91,301 people on Saturday and 102,333 people on Sunday.

The Tokyo Game Show has also confirmed that its 2023 event will return to Makuhari Messe from September 21-24, 2023. No details have been released so far on how the virtual event went over the weekend. .


Source: press release

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Daryl Harding is Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan called TheDoctorDazza, tweets about @DoctorDazzaand posts photos of his travels on Instagram.