KYOTO, JAPAN – June 24, 2022 – BitSummit, the pioneering indie games showcase that exemplifies Japan’s creative spirit, is back in the game with its first public in-person, weekend-long event since the beginning of the pandemic with BitSummit X-Roads (pronounced “crossroads”). Taking place August 6 – 7, 2022, the first day of the event (Saturday) is limited to industry professionals, while the second (Sunday) is open to the public. Additionally, BitSummit announces the return of sponsor-supported awards alongside ticket sales for the event, which are available starting now.
Four sponsors will hand-select and bestow awards to this year’s brightest and best independently developed games. Long-time BitSummit supporter and champion of independent game developers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, will offer a PlayStation 5 console to the winner of the PlayStation Award. New indie game publisher, Shueisha, pledges a 200,000 yen prize to the winner of the Shueisha Game Creators CAMP Award, while Shogakukan will include a page in its monthly magazine featuring the winner of the CoroCoro Comic Award. Meanwhile, leading instant noodle giant, Nissin, will select the winner of the prestigious Cup Noodle Award. First-time BitSummit supporter, Xsolla, has also pledged $10,000 for The BitSummit Jury to distribute among the Official Game Award Winners of the 2022 show.
Nintendo, Cygames, Devolver Digital, Raw Fury, Thunderful Games, Microsoft Japan, Inti Creates, and many more return in sponsorship roles for BitSummit X-Roads.
BitSummit also announces its partnership with MeetToMatch, the industry’s leading business matching and event experience platform, to provide all BitSummit X-Roads exhibitors, sponsors, and industry participants with a dedicated business meeting and organizing platform to help navigate the show.
General admission tickets and business tickets are available for sale starting today. BitSummit opens its doors to local and visiting indie game enthusiasts for the first time since 2019 and will enforce strict COVID restrictions and safety measures to ensure a safe and secure environment for all exhibitors, developers, and guests.
For more information concerning business tickets and regular visitor passes, please visit the BitSummit Official website.
BitSummit X-Roads takes place Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, 2022. Both days’ operation hours are from 10:00 AM JST until 05:00 PM JST. BitSummit X-Roads will broadcast from the main stage on both days, live on YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Bili Bili, in Japanese, English, and Chinese.
Additional information regarding participating titles, special guest speakers, streaming booths, influencers, and sponsors will be unveiled in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the BitSummit website and Discord server or follow BitSummit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Press and influencers registrations are now open here until August 5th, 2022.
BitSummit is an annual festival based in Kyoto, celebrating independent game developers and development in Japan. Founded in late 2012 to support, unify, and evangelize the vibrant and innovative Japanese independent game development scene to the world at large, BitSummit has established itself as Japan’s premier independent gaming event, attracting thousands of visitors annually, as well as a notable, international media presence. BitSummit has been covered by every leading gaming website worldwide and featured in print publications such as Weekly Famitsu, Dengeki PlayStation, GamesTM, EDGE, and more. BitSummit has also been the focus of panel discussions at the Game Developers Conference, IndieCade, IndieCade East, and CEDEC. BitSummit continues to grow alongside the burgeoning Japanese independent development scene in its tenth year running.
BitSummit is organized by the Japan Independent Games Aggregate (JIGA): Q-Games Ltd, Skeleton Crew Studios, Pygmy Studio Co. Ltd., and BlackSheep.