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The Taipei Game Show will start next week

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) The Taipei Game Show 2022 kicks off next week to be one of the first major global gaming events of the year, with in-person attendees to be limited to a maximum of 7,000 people at all times given the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers said Wednesday.

The theme of this year’s show, “Gaming Forward”, represents the undiminished enthusiasm of the gaming community despite the COVID-19 situation as it opens its doors to gamers from January 22-25 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. , a spokesperson for the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) at a press conference in Taipei.

The spokesperson added that a total of 185 developers and publishers from around 20 countries will attend the show either online or at the expo itself.

One of the exhibitors is local video game publisher Neon Doctrine, which will exhibit five games, the publisher’s co-founder Vladislav Tsypljak told CNA.

One of the games it promotes is “The Legend of TianDing,” which has more than 97 positive reviews on digital video game distribution service Steam, Tsypljak said.

The side-scrolling action game is based on historical Taiwanese folk hero Liao Tien-ting (廖添丁) who, according to legend, robbed the rich and gave to the poor during Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan.

“The Legend of TianDing” will be one of 140 games and hardware featured at the Taipei Game Show this year, according to a statement from TCA.

Tsypljak, 33, decided to move most of his team to Taipei to help promote East Asian and Southeast Asian indie games after attending the Taipei Game Show for the past six to the last seven years.

“So we’re trying to help developers gain exposure because, as you might know, there’s a huge language and cultural barrier, especially if they want to show up outside of this region,” Tsypljak said.

It primarily works with developers in Asia to help them reach the global market, Tsypljak said.

Meanwhile, the B2B zone and the Asia Pacific Game Summit (APGS) will be held online from January 20 to 21.

The B2B zone will feature over 300 developers from 32 countries hoping to promote business matchmaking and partnership.

According to TCA statistics, the global gaming market generated revenues of $180.3 billion last year and $159.3 billion in 2020.

Additionally, APGS will focus on talks given by gaming heavyweights around the world, such as Shuhei Yoshida, head of the Indies Initiative at Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya, studio head and designer, respectively. Chief Gaming Officer of PLATINUMGAMES INC.

TCA Digital Content Department Manager Sally Tsai (蔡宇橞) told CNA that due to COVID-19 prevention protocols, the annual show will only allow 6,000 to 7,000 people to enter at a point in time, following similar regulations last year.

The show was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

(By William Yen)

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