Physical events are slowly making a comeback and for this year, the Tokyo Game Show will hold a physical event on September 15 – 18 at Makuhari Messe for both business and general visitors. September 15 and 16 will open up to business participants while 17 and 18 will be reserved for the general public.
The ongoing pandemic has caused events around the world to make adjustments and since 2020, TGS has shifted to a fully online show and then into a hybrid online and business physical event last year.
With vaccination rates steadily rising across the world, we can expect some guidelines to still be followed as the threat of infection is still very much alive. Elementary school students and children will not be allowed in the venue and a limited number of ticket sales will be observed based on ongoing government policies.
You can see excerpts of the official announcement below:
The theme for TGS2022 is “Nothing Stops Gaming.” Over these two
years, various fun events disappeared from our daily life, but games
still lightened up our days. Games will continue to brighten up the
days of everybody now and forever―this year’s theme implies such
From the perspective of preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection,
TOKYO GAME SHOW was held fully online two years ago, and the last
year’s TGS was held in a hybrid style of online programs as well
as physical (in-person) venue inviting journalists and influencers.
It is for the first time in three years to hold TGS at a physical
venue with admission open for business and general visitors.
This year’s event will again launch official programs that have
exceeded a total of 30 million views for the second consecutive
year since TGS2020 ONLINE two years ago. Moreover, most of this
year’s official programs in Japanese will also stream an English
simultaneous interpretation version for overseas game fans. Other
popular programs from the last year are also planned for global
audience, such as free trial of demo versions of the latest games
to enjoy at home, virtual tour experience, and the TGS Virtual
Reality (VR) area.
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Tokyo Game Show 2022 is happening on September 15-18, 2022.