Tokyo Game Show Records Over 130,000 For First In-Person Show in 3 Years

Tokyo Game Show 2022

Photo by Daryl Harding


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


That being said, Tokyo Game Show 2022 only brought in half the amount of people this year as it did in 2019, with 138,192 people coming to the event over the four days in 2022, compared to 262,076 people in 2019. 


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Breaking down by day, on Thursday, September 15, the first day and a business/press day, 23,051 people went through the days. This lowered on Friday, the second business day, 21,066 people press and industry professionals attended. The doors on Friday opened to the general public at 2 PM with 6,548 people coming through.


On the first fully public day on September 17, 47,236 people attended with 40,291 people on the second public day and the 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.


Tokyo Game Show also confirmed that its 2023 event will be returning to Makuhari Messe from September 21 to September 24, 2023. No details have been released so far on how the virtual event faired during the weekend.

Source: Press Release


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

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