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Kaz Hirai to Deliver Tokyo Game Show Keynote

Sony CEO to discuss new strategy for 2009.


Tokyo Game Show organizer CESA shared final program details yesterday on this year's Tokyo Game Show Forum, a series of paid and free lectures that surrounds the Tokyo Game Show.

As always, a major industry executive will be giving keynote address. On September 24, the first day of the show, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai will take to the stage for a keynote tentatively titled "Sony Computer Entertainment's New 2009 Strategy."

The tentative name for the keynote suggests that some big revelations could be on the way for PlayStation 3 and PSP. Past keynotes from former Sony boss Ken Kutaragi and, last year, Microsoft's John Schappert, have resulted in major announcements. Most notably, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata used his keynote to first unveil the Wiimote.

Hirai's keynote will be followed by a panel discussion on strategy for game makers in the global age. This will be attended by Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada, Capcom CEO Haruhiro Tsujimoto, SCE Worldwide Studio President Shuhei Yoshida, and Namco Bandai CEO Shin Unozawa, among others.

These two events will run from 10:30 to 12:30 and will be open to all attendees on a first come basis.

CESA also has a series of paid lectures scheduled, covering a range of topics, including casual games, character development, and mobile games. These will run ¥8,000 for those who pay in advance and ¥10,000 at the door.

On the second day of the show, Epic Games President Michael Capps will hold a special free session from 11:00 to 12:00. The topic of this session hasn't been announced.

TGS will be held this year from September 24 through September 27. The first two days are business only, with the show opening up on the last two days for public admission.

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