This morning, organizers behind BitSummit announced they will remain in Kyoto for the 2021 convention happening in September. The decision was made between the Japan Independent Games Aggregate (JIGA) and the BitSummit organizing committee, as this year's event will be called "BitSummit THE 8th BIT," and will be held on September 2nd-3rd at the Kyoto International Exhibition Hall, Miyakomesse. What's more, they have officially opened up submissions for people to attend that have kicked off today and will be open through May 28th. The event is open to any developers looking to enter their games into the show who are looking to attend in person. You can find more info on the application process and the form here, as we have more info on the event below.
In consideration of the coronavirus pandemic, we will be limiting the attendees to developers, publishers, media, and sponsors based in Japan. Because of the nature of the pandemic, we will monitor the situation in Japan and follow all guidelines set by public health officials to make adjustments for safety. And thanks to our experience hosting BitSummit Gaiden last year, we plan to have a number of ways for developers and fans to participate online as well.
To encourage games from around the globe, BitSummit will be providing remote booths for officially selected developers with live support from staff on the event floor. As with Gaiden, fans will also be able to connect with each other and developers via the BitSummit Discord, and other social media channels. There will be an accompanying live stream held during BitSummit with a focus not only on game reveals and Let's Plays but also panels, led by industry-leading talent, on game development during the pandemic. Finally, in order to facilitate more opportunities for people to connect in these trying times, BitSummit will be organizing B2B meeting systems for developers, publishers, and media.