Gaming News, Game Reviews, Game Trailers, Tech News

dtoid   |   japanator   |   flixist   |   tomopop   |   store



BitSummit event to boost Japanese independent dev scene

2013-02-15 09:30:00·  2 minute read   ·  Dale North@DaleNorth

Much-needed initiative

Early next month, BitSummit will kick off with its first ever event in Kyoto, Japan. From what we've heard we think it's going to be a great start to a Japanese indie game uprising. Bring on the tidal wave!

Our indie scene here? It's great -- better than ever. Indie games are widely available now on every platform. But Japan? Games in Japan come from big publishers, and their shadow obscures the smaller guys. Think about Tokyo Game Show and all of the franchise re-releases the big publishers beat us over the head with every year. Where are all the crazy, innovative, quality Japanese games we crave?

The 1st annual BitSummit aims to get the smaller guys out of the shadows and into the spotlight by bringing together Japanese independent devs, creative types, media, tech providers like Epic, and platform holders like Valve, to one event, in an effort to make things happen. 

BitSummit believes that, given the right tools, Japanese independent game developers can thrive. But they neeed help with things like localization and media connections from out West. This first event aims to give them these tools. 

The article continues below. Login to skip ads, get faster mobile, and dibs on betas

BitSummit is the combined powers of Q-Games, Digital Development Management, Active Gaming Media/Playism, and 8-4, Ltd, and their big shindig does down in Kyoto on March 9.

I've heard just a tease of what to expect at BitSummit. For example, it's rumored that Masaya Matsuura, of PaRappa the Rapper fame, will be there. I also know that the amazing Famicom-headed Professor Sakamoto will be performing there -- love that guy! 

This is very exciting. You should be excited, too. BitSummit is good for all of us -- smaller developers, platforms, and gamers.

Stay tuned. We'll have more from the event early next month.



Dale NorthFormer Dtoid EIC // Profile & Disclosures
Fronts8200Blogs 50Following30Followers367

I am Destructoid's former Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more


#8-4 Ltd #Indie #Industry events #japan #Q-Games


Please login (or) make a quick account (free)
to view and post comments.

 Login with Twitter

 Login with Dtoid

Three day old threads are only visible to verified humans - this helps our small community management team stay on top of spam

Sorry for the extra step!