Video game fans are flocking to the Tokyo Game Show for the first time since 2019. The event is one of the largest in the industry. It was held online over the past two years due to the pandemic.
A total of 605 exhibitors from 37 countries and territories are on hand at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo.
The organizer says the global game market grew to about 13 trillion yen, or more than 90.5 billion dollars, in 2021. That is up 16 percent from the previous year.
IT giant Meta is joining the event for the first time. It's presenting a virtual reality game.
Also drawing attention are low-budget titles known as indie games.
One such title was developed by a group of Japanese university students. It allows three players to see various images through glasses with different colored lenses. The students say the game helps enhance teamwork.
Tsujimoto Haruhiro, President and COO of Capcom, said that "the participation of not only major firms but also individuals and independent companies will greatly revitalize the industry, leading to new ideas and business."
The Tokyo Game Show will be open to the public from Friday, and run until Sunday.