TGS Updates
Asian Largest Indie Game Festival @ Taipei Game Show 2018 Game Unlimited
〔2017-12-21〕

Announcing 2018’s theme—“Game Unlimited”—with an exciting lineup of content, activities, eSports events, and Asia Pacific Game Summit (APGS)

Taipei Game Show is set to start on January 25-29, 2018 at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC). The organizer, Taipei Computer Association (TCA), today announced the theme of this year: "Game Unlimited," highlighting a cross-platform, cross-generation, and cross-nation innovation spirit. The show features B2C Zone, B2B Zone, and the collocated Asia Pacific Game Summit (APGS). The show is estimated to attract 300,000 visits and 2,500 business buyers from around the world during the 5-day event.

Highlight #1: APGS brings eSports-related and gamer-specific sessions

For the first time ever, APGS adds sessions specifically designed for gamers to its agenda and invites game studios/publishers such as Akatsuki, Digital Crafter, and Garena to talk about what kinds of talent and experience are required to work in the gaming industry. In response to the emerging trends of eSports and VR/AR, the agenda includes a series of panel sessions such as "eSports Industry Forum" with panelists from industry, government, and academia. Representatives of Riot Games, JFI Games, and MINESKI (from Philippines) will be sharing their views on future trends and developments of eSports. On the VR/AR front, IHS Markit, Mythical City Games, and OMAS Entertainment (Taiwan) will share their insights into future opportunities of VR/AR and their applications in gaming and theme park rides.

Highlight #2: B2C Zone features a wide-range of exhibitors for an all-encompassing experience across four major platforms and eSports 

The four-day B2C Zone at TGS 2018 is bringing a diverse and comprehensive gaming experience with the latest, much anticipated new releases and some of the most acclaimed titles across console, mobile, PC/online, and VR platforms, in addition to a series of adrenaline-pumping eSports tournaments. The much-favored "Board Game Wonderland" will feature more than 40 popular board game publishers as well as original board game designers, including four leading brands on the global market. For "romance games", which begin to gain traction in the market, TGS 2018 sets aside a dedicated "Love Game Area" and activities specifically geared toward female gamers. Other special activities like "TGS Live Streaming," "eSports Stage," and more will also be adding thrills to the show floor. 222Highlight #

Highlight #3: B2B Zone features its first-ever dedicated "VR Area"; and sets goal for deeper international strategic alliance

Over the years, the number of exhibitors at TGS's B2B Zone continues to increase with the global attention it receives. According to the organizer, 267 exhibitors from 27 countries including U.S., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and China will be exhibiting in the B2B Zone at TGS 2018. Meanwhile, TGS is also actively seeking strategic alliance with game shows and associations around the globe, and delegates of Bit Summit, Tokyo Game Show, GameStart, ESGS, GSTAR, BIC Fest, and Level Up KL will be visiting Taiwan in January 2018.

As demands of VR games continue to rise, TGS 2018 is setting up a dedicated "VR Area" in the B2B Zone to showcase a wide variety of VR games in development from 16 game developers. Buyers from more than 17 countries have registered in the newly established "Trade Visitor Pre-Registration System." Not only will numerous foreign exhibitors and show organizers gather at TGS 2018, global buyers will also be seeking business opportunities in Asia at the show, pushing the number of business buyers visiting the show up by 30% to 2,500 this year. 222Highlight

Highlight #4: Asia's largest indie game IP trading platform features 180 international indie developers

The indie game developers' favorites—"INDIE GAME FESTA" of B2B Zone and "INDIE HOUSE" of B2C Zone—are destined to attract record number of exhibitors from more than 25 countries to TGS 2018 in January. 222Of the 180 indie developers featured at INDIE GAME FESTA, over 60% are overseas developers from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Autralia, U.S., U.K., France, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Austria, etc., spanning across PC, mobile, and VR platforms. Moreover, 90 indie developers will be exhibiting at INDIE HOUSE, which is divided into four sections by regions and genre, bringing additional diversity to TGS 2018 with their innovative power. 222The Indie Game Awards of TGS 2018 is also underway and has received 86 submissions from 21 countries. The second-round of selection will begin soon with judging board that includes game-specific experts selected from senior journalists, publishers, producers, and live stream casters. This round will determine the final winners of 8 categories: Best Narration, Best Audio, Best Visual Art, Best Game Design, Best Innovation, Best VR Game, Best Mobile Game, and IGA Grand Prix. The awards ceremony will be held during the opening of the show on January 25, 2018.