Asobu Is Trying To Help The Japanese Indie Scene Grow
The group is hosting an indie showcase stream ahead of Tokyo Game Show.
Asobu, a hub and resource center for Japanese indie developers, is hosting an inaugural indie showcase stream next week ahead of the Tokyo Game Show. The stream will focus on games coming from local Japanese developers.
Don’t miss our inaugural asobu INDIE SHOWCASE stream event, next Monday 9.21 on YouTube and Twtich -- 9pm Japan, 2pm EU, 8am EST / 5am PST; tons of great Japanese indies (and western indies coming to Japan) you should know about! #asobuindieshowcasehttps://t.co/X4qcLx4YMW pic.twitter.com/eWLWYE3Fxx— asobu (@asobudev) September 15, 2020
The indie hub has been around since 2019, but it made a new announcement about its recent efforts to bring the Japanese indie scene together earlier today. The group has helped run regular meetups for indie developers in Tokyo, assisted in moving the Kyoto-based indie show BitSummit online due to the pandemic, and launched a Discord channel for Japanese developers to communicate in.
The Japanese indie scene has been vibrant for years, but has rarely seen big indie game success stories similar to ones in North America, Europe, and elsewhere. Cultural barriers, the lack of fundraising tools like Kickstarter up until recently, and the lack of a greater computer culture have prevented the development scene in Japan from growing. Things have been improving slowly, though. Asobu hopes to help change move faster in the region.
Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto, who developed one of the few Japanese indie hits in Downwell, is a member of Asobu.
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