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Tokyo Game Show Has 146 Companies and LED Lighting

CESA provides its latest briefing on this year's big gaming event.

 
This year's key visual.

Tokyo Game Show organizer CESA is highlighting its attempts at reducing power at this year's show. In a release issued today, the organization said that it will be switching to LED lightning, turning off downward escalators, and limiting power use for exhibitors. It believes it will be able to cut power 25% from last year.

Today's update was about more than just power savings, though. Every year leading up to the September show, CESA provides a series of updates about the current state of exhibits and exhibitors. Today was the first such update.

As previously detailed, this year's TGS will take place from September 15 through September 18 at the usual location, the Makuhari Messe convention hall just outside of Tokyo. The first two days are for press and business use. The general pubic is admitted on the last two days.

CESA expects 190,000 people to attend this year. It has currently (as of June 22) lined up 146 companies to exhibit at the show.

For the general public, tickets for one day will run ¥1,000 in advance and ¥1,200 at the door. Advanced ticket sales will start on July 13 via a variety of ticketing centers (convenience stores, etc.).

In addition to standard tickets, CESA will sell "TGS 2011 Supporters Club" tickets. These ¥3,000 tickets will give early admission to the event on the public days. Buyers will also get a special t-shirt and pin badge.

Details on other areas of the show, including the keynote addresses and the Asia Games Business Sumit will be announced in July and beyond. Details on this year's Tougeki fighting tournament and cosplay tournament will also be announced later.

For overseas gamers, CESA is continuing its "TGS Tour" program this year. Last year, the program targeted four countries and regions. This year, it will target 20 countries and regions. CESA is working with gaming magazine Famitsu for the operation of the tour this year. You can find Japanese language details here.

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