Tokyo Game Show 2020: the World’s Largest Video Game Event

Experience the newest video games at TGS 2020

The annual video game expo Tokyo Game Show, which is also known as TGS, will be held in September, 2020 in Japan. Tokyo Game Show 2020 offers the newest video game experiences and latest information.

The annual video game expo Tokyo Game Show, which is commonly known as TGS, will be held at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba. A video game is one of the most famous Japanese pop cultures and the industry of video game is still growing huge. Hundreds of companies and groups exhibit a large number of video games at the expo every year. And, one of the largest video game events in the world is Tokyo Game Show (TGS).

The high technology with 5G is being applied to the game industry, and the time of next-generation game platforms is coming. Tokyo Game Show 2020 with the theme of “The Future Touches Gaming First” focuses on the full-scale launch of cloud gaming and 5G commercial services in addition to VR/AR. The upcoming TGS is a chance to get the latest information and experience the cutting-edge technology of video games.

Latest Information

It has been decided that Tokyo Game Show 2020 will be held online due to prevent Covid-19 spread. Check more details on its official website!

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About Tokyo Game Show

Tokyo Game Show (TGS) has been help in Japan every year since the first expo in 1996. The annual video game expo mainly focuses on Japanese games, and more international game developers and distributors show their products there recently.

4 days of Tokyo Game Show are divided into two parts: the first 2 days go in advance as Business Day and they are followed by another 2 days open to the public as Public Day.

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It is allowed to Cosplay, so there are numerous Cosplayers who dress in costume as their favorite characters. Tokyo Game Show has been trying to improving its service for foreign visitors especially since 2016 and foreign-friendly services are available like in English, Chinese and Korean. In 2018, 668 companies and groups related to video game took part in the event, including 330 from 41 foreign counties and regions. The number of the visitors at Tokyo Game Show has reached 250,000-300,000 people for recent years.


What is the most attractive things at Tokyo Game Show is checking out and trying to play new video game hardwares and softwares on displayed. There are a variety of video games relating to these popular and brand-new platforms: Playstation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, PC, Android, iOS and so on.

General Exhibition Area

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There are lots of entertainments at each booth in General Exhibition Area, where you can play the latest video game titles, enjoy talks by special guests and so on. Speaking of softwares, all of the popular video game companies have booths for gaming from the classic video game developers and distributers such as Square Enix, Sony, Bandai Namco, Sega, Konami and Capcon to othe top-and-coming GungHo and PUBG.

Indie Game Area

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Indie Game Area is filled up with a large number of booths by indie game developers from around the world. They offer their exclusive video games with various hardwares.

VR / AR Area

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For the latest technology experience, you can play video games related to VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and MR (mixed reality), Don’t miss the chance to have a brand new experience.

e-Sports Area

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E-Sports is getting more famous and popular worldwide, and some e-Sports areas have been located in TGS since TGS 2018 had the theme of the theme of “With more e-Sports and video streaming, we’re advancing to the next stage!”.

Event Stage

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In addition to the booths, many events on the stage are scheduled with talk show and live performances. Japan Game Awards is one of the most popular events on the stage in Tokyo Game Show.

Shopping Area

One of the biggest targets for visitors is shopping their favorite gaming items. There are lots of video game and toy companies in the shopping area, providing exclusive items including limited goods that you cannot get except Tokyo Game Show.

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Food and Rest Area

There are a large number of seats to take a break and eat in Food and Rest Area where you can have a variety of Japanese food including seafood, Wagyu Beef, Okonomiyaki, etc.

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Family Game Park

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Of course, kids can enjoy gaming attractions in Family Game Park playing easy video games and even creating games with workshops. How about visiting the event with kids since it is for free for elementary school children and younger children to admit Tokyo Game Show.

Business Area

If you are involved in the game industry, there are so many chances to talk with other people and companies. Meeting tables are set for discussing and negotiating.

How to Get Tickets

An official information about Tokyo Game Show tickets has not been published yet. However, you can buy a ticket at the expo on the day every year. Pre-ordered tickers, a little cheaper than the ticket on the day, started to be sold from July of the last year. There is another type of ticket Supporters Club Ticket with which you can get exclusive items like T-shirts and enter the expo 20–30 mins earlier than others.

Tokyo Game Show  (TGS)

Location: Makuhari Messe

Access: 5 mins walk from Kaihin-makuhari Station (海浜幕張駅)/40 mins by bus from Narita Airport

Date: 24th and 25th September, 2020 (Business Day)/26th and 27th September, 2020 (Public Day)

Business Hours: 10:00–17:00


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