Tokyo Game Show hits record attendance, almost 300,000 people

The Tokyo Game Show is one of the largest shows in all of gaming. This year’s exhibition halls got even more crowded and smelly as 298,690 people crowded onto the convention floor. With nearly 300,000 visitors, the Tokyo Game Show is rivaling Europe’s Gamescom as the largest gaming convention in the world. On a single day, September 23, more than 123,000 people came to the show. By comparison, this year Gamescom saw more than 370,000 visitors.

The Tokyo Game Show also had a record number of exhibitors this year, with a total of 668. Of those, roughly half were from overseas. Esports took a large role at the show as well. This year, an entire stage dedicated to esports.

As it happened

The Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association gave the following description of this year’s TGS (thanks to Gematsu for translating).

Tokyo Game Show 2018, with the theme of “Welcome to the Next Stage,” saw the overwhelming record of 668 exhibitors (of which 330 were from overseas). They released a variety of new titles and services for multiple platforms such as home game consoles, smartphones and PCs, making it the most exciting show ever. A large number of visitors and the press not just of Japan but overseas covered the grand e-Sports stages called “e-Sports X.” Reflecting the swelling impact of e-Sports on the game market, the keynote panel was held to discuss on the theme of “Road map for e-sports to spread out as the sports.”


An increasing number of companies, both of exhibitors and attendees, engaged in vigorous B2B meetings. The number of meetings generated by the business matching system “Asia Business Gateway” is 668, which exceeds the last year’s 602. The fact demonstrates the growing importance of Tokyo Game Show’s role as a hub of international game business.

To read more information on the games of Tokyo Game Show, including announcements made concerning both Dragon Quest XI and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on Switch, check out our front page.

Eli Pales
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn't taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.