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In this series of blogs, I am developing a list of the best gaming festivals around the world. No matter where you are located or what gaming area you are interested in, there is a gaming show for you. I started with a look at the United States and Europe, now let’s dive into Asia!


ChinaJoy – Shanghai, China

The top of Asia’s gaming festival list is ChinaJoy. This festival is the largest gaming and digital exhibition in Asia. ChinaJoy is held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center and is home to a mixture of elaborate displays, cosplay (costume play), and new technology. The gaming festival hosts many booths, displays and flashy presentations.


Penny Arcade Expo – Guangzhou, China

Another Chinese gaming festival is the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), a large gaming convention held across the world. (This festival was previously mentioned in the Top Gaming Festivals to See in the USA). PAX is home to arcade gaming, and tabletop gaming, video gaming events. The China edition, titled GC Play Powered by PAX, is run by ReedPOP and Guangdong Grandhub Culture Development.


Tokyo Game Show – Tokyo, Japan

Another top Asia gaming festival is the Tokyo Game Show (TGS). This festival is held annually in the Makuhari Messe and is home to a variety of video games. TGS mainly focuses on Japanese games, but some international video game developers use it to showcase upcoming releases and related hardware. Another fun aspect of TGS is that the festival promotes a Game School area, which showcases information on Japanese universities and colleges offering information about animation, digital art, computer programming, and other programs related to the video game industry.


Gamers’ Day – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Gamers’ Day is another large gaming festival in Asia. Every year, Gamers’ Day welcomes a high number of exhibitors and visitors, making it the largest gaming show in Saudi Arabia. The festival is known for showcasing new and upcoming games, having a variety of gaming accessories, hosting competitions and tournaments, and having fun entrainment.


G-Star – Busan, South Korea

The last Asia gaming festival on the list is G-Star. G-Star is an annual trade show for the video game and computer industries. Many of G-Star’s 2,000 exhibitors are online gaming companies that focus on the South Korean game market. Korea Trade Promotion Corporation (KOTRA) hosts the event every year and welcomes approximately 200,000 visitors.


The list is still not complete! Be sure to check back soon to learn about the top gaming festivals in Australia and the rest of Asia Pacific!


Hal Abramson is a festival promoter based in Los Angeles who has a love of gaming and technology. Be sure to check out his other gaming blogs or follow his travels on Twitter!