Tokyo Game Show 2020 Tops 31.6 Million Views, 2021 Dates Confirmed


Next year’s show will take place between September 30th and October 3rd and will once again be held at Makuhari Messi in Chiba City.

2020 has been the year of the cancelled gaming convention. Due to the ongoing pandemic many shows, including E3, PAX and Tokyo Game Show were either cancelled or moved to a new online format. While the move to digital may have been disappointing for fans looking to attend these shows, it might not have been all bad for the organisers.

Tokyo Game Show, which took place in a virtual format towards the end of last month, was one of the big winners of the move. After achieving a total of 16.52 million online video views last year, the show clocked in at over 31.6 million this year, an increase of more than 190%.

The breakdown of where the show’s views came from looked like this:

  • YouTube: 4,050,963 (Japanese, English, Chinese)
  • Twitter: 7,511,301 (Japanese, English, Chinese)
  • Niconico: 1,726,014 (Japanese)
  • Twitch: 875,350 (Japanese, English)
  • TikTok LIVE: 98,012 (Japanese)
  • Douyu: 1,069,377 (Chinese)
  • Bilibili: 2,315,761 (Chinese)
  • Douyin, Xigua, Toutiao: 10,590,828 (Chinese)
  • IGN: 3,369,336 (Japanese, English)

On the back of this news, the show’s organisers have also confirmed details about next year’s event. Taking place between Thursday, September 30th and Sunday, October 3rd, Tokyo Game Show 2021 will once again be held at Makuhari Messi, a convention centre just outside of Tokyo in Chiba City.

This year’s online show had plenty for viewers to get stuck into. With events from Capcom, Sega, Koei Tecmo and many more, we were treated to news on some of the hottest upcoming games. We got the first look at Impa as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, some small hints about Final Fantasy XVI’s release window and the official announcement of a live-action Yakuza movie.

At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo’s smash Animal Crossing: New Horizons scooped up the top honour of Game of the Year. It was given the award “Because we were forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a slow-life experience in this game in which you can do everything freely became a comfort to people all over the world”.

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