With over 17,000 attendees filling the halls of Kyoto’s Miyako Messe convention center this past June, it was BitSummit’s largest gathering yet. Founded in late-2012, BitSummit is a pioneering and innovative gaming event unlike any other, paving the way for global exposure of Japanese independent developers, resulting in greater distribution and success in Western markets than ever before. In six years, BitSummit has established itself as Japan’s leading indie games festival, growing year after year since its humble beginnings as an industry-only gathering, and blooming into Japan’s second-largest annual gaming event. Japan Independent Games Aggregate (JIGA), the BitSummit organizing committee, is proud to announce the dates of “BitSummit 8th”—the eighth iteration of the summit—and that submissions are now open to developers looking to submit their game(s) to the show.

Developers looking to submit an application to BitSummit 8th can do so between now and January 12th, 2020 here.

BitSummit 8 will take place on the weekend of May 9th and 10th, 2020, and will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. As has been tradition since the second BitSummit, all activities will take place at the Miyako Messe, the expansive and modern convention site of the past festivals.

The event is expected to continue growing in 2020, with over 100 game developers and publishers from both Japan and abroad showcasing their latest works. Attendance has grown year over year and is expected to reach 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.  

BitSummit is sponsored and produced by Japan Independent Games Association (JIGA), along with the CrossKyoto Media Partnership (KCROP), The City of Kyoto, and Kyoto CMEX (Cross Media Experience).

Additional information regarding special guest speakers, musicians, and sponsors will be unveiled in the coming months. Please bookmark the BitSummit website or follow our Twitter or Facebook page for the latest announcements as they’re revealed.