Japanese Indie Festival BitSummit Returns in May for its Fifth Year

on December 10, 2016 9:43 AM

To celebrate five years of growth, the organizers of’ ‘Japan’s second-largest annual gaming event’ are putting together A Fifth of BitSummit. This year the festival of native and worldwide indie developers will take place on May 20th and 21st. The weekend will be open to the public and press alike with attendance projected to break the 7000 people mark at Kyoto’s Miyako Messe convention center. In contrast, the 2016 version of BitSummit brought in over 6000 attendees and featured games such as Thumper, Enter the Gungeon, Momodora, and the PS4 version of Wild Guns.

A Fifth of BitSummit is hoping to get between 80-100 game devs to show off their games this year. Submission for hopeful participants is open until January 19th and the full list of developers and their respective titles should be available soon after. Along with this there will be future announcements of industry speakers, music acts, sponsors, and maybe some special guests.

Oh how I wish I could just go to all the gaming festivals in the world. If I could, BitSummit would be near the top of my list. It sounds like a really good mix with the location and Japan tourism as the City of Kyoto is an official sponsor. The fest is also refreshingly affordable as adult tickets go for ¥ 2000 (approx $20 USD) and¥ 1000 (approx $10 USD) for students. Children even get in for free for the 2 day event. If you live close or have the means to go to Japan in May I highly recommend checking out this event and supporting indies that we don’t often hear about.

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Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.