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Empowering Filipino Indie Developers: Tokyo Game Show Opportunity

Tokyo Game Show

The Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) is extending a compelling invitation to Filipino Indie Game Developers, urging them to seize the opportunity to showcase their creations at the prestigious Tokyo Game Show. With the Indie 80 program, GDAP aims to provide a platform for Filipino developers to exhibit their talent and innovation on an international stage.

The Tokyo Game Show Indie Program

Tokyo Game Show
This photo was taken at the Tokyo Game Show in 2023.

Scheduled from September 26-29 at the Makuhari Messe, the Tokyo Game Show is a premier event in the gaming industry. The Indie 80 program offers 80 independent game developers the chance to exhibit their work at the Tokyo Game Show’s Indie Game Area, free of charge. Additionally, participants will be considered for the Sense of Wonder Night (SOWN), an esteemed indie game competition within the Tokyo Game Show.

Solon Chen, GDAP’s Vice President and Committee Head for Membership, emphasizes the significance of participating in the Game Show. He encourages indie developers to seize the opportunity, emphasizing that success starts with taking the first step. By submitting their games for consideration, developers open doors to invaluable exposure and potential partnerships in the global gaming industry.

Event Briefing

Tokyo Game Show
This photo was taken at the Tokyo Game Show in 2023.

In a recent event briefing held by the Nikkei Business Publications Inc., the organizers of the Game Show, representatives aimed to inspire Filipino game developers. They encouraged their participation in the event. Despite a decline in Filipino presence in recent years, the organizers express optimism about Filipino developers’ potential contribution to the gaming landscape.

Shinri Endo, Deputy Manager of the Game Show Management Office, highlights the Japanese gaming industry’s interest in games with compelling storytelling. He emphasizes the importance of rich cultural elements in these games. He believes that Filipino game developers possess the capability to create content that resonates with global audiences. Particularly, Japanese publishers seek fresh and culturally diverse IPs.

The deadline for Indie 80 applications is April 30. Interested developers can find further information about the program on the Tokyo Game Show website. GDAP encourages Filipino indie developers to seize this opportunity. They can showcase their creativity and talent to a global audience at the Game Show.


The Tokyo Game Show presents a golden opportunity for Filipino indie developers. They can showcase their games and elevate their profiles on the international stage. With GDAP support and industry encouragement, Filipino developers can make a lasting impact. They can make their mark on the global gaming community. Let this call to action serve as a catalyst for Filipino creativity and innovation in the world of gaming.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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