Konami is hosting an indie games event in Japan that will be entirely free to both exhibitors and attendees.
Indie Games Connect 2022 will take place on June 26 at the Konami Creative Center in Ginza, Tokyo, and is designed to help indie game developers get their work into the hands of as many peers and players as possible.
“[We acknowledge that] creators want to have as many people as possible enjoy the work they have created with their own hands,” a statement from the company read.
“We decided to organise this event in order to create a platform for exchange between creators.
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“We hope that everyone who comes to the event, and all creators who wish to exhibit, will be able to make as big a ‘connection’ as possible, so there will be no exhibition or entrance fees.”
As well as the exhibition itself, Konami will also be hosting consultation sessions that will address the questions and concerns of creators.
There will also be seminars by industry professionals and game designers who are currently active in the games industry.
Konami has already confirmed that one of these seminars will be hosted by Shuhei Yoshida, PlayStation‘s former president of SIE Worldwide Studios and current head of SIE’s Independent Developer Initative.
“Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc’s Indie Initiative, will be on stage,” the statement reads. “He will talk about the future of indie games and creators.”
Developers interested in exhibiting at Konami’s event can register now.
Konami announced last year that it would be publishing a new shoot ’em up being created by an indie developer in Scotland.
Cygni: All Guns Blazing is a visually impressive twin-stick vertical shooter from a new Scottish studio called KeelWorks, whose co-founders have a background in film and animation.
KeelWorks was founded by brothers Meher and Nareg Kalenderian, and Nareg’s partner Helen Saouma, all of whom were originally from Lebanon.
While Meher had moved to Scotland a number of years ago, Nareg and Helen were working in their apartment in Beirut, but various issues (12-hour power cuts, poor internet connection and political and economic crises) caused them to move to Armenia in 2019. The three are all now based in Scotland.