sense of wonder night

Cooperation by:International Game Developers Association Japan Chapter(IDGA Japan)


Special sponsor
  • PlayStation
Supported by
  • Nintendo
Hardware Supported by
  • PC-koubou


What is

"SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT (SOWN) 2016" throws spotlights on game developers to draw wellspring of ideas which may stir the static concept of the game. In other words, SOWN 2016 will find out the game ideas causing "SENSE OF WONDER". To make such unique ideas widely known, SOWN 2016" would provide a presentation opportunity for game developers with unique ideas at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2016. SOWN 2016 commemorates the ninth anniversary with internationally increasing applications.

Total of 10 presenters had been nominated as presenters out of 100 applications from 21 countries and regions at the last year's event. Nomination process was conducted through the screening committee consists of indie game pundits, creators and publishers inside and outside of Japan. Countries of nomination were as follows: Two from Japan, and United States, each one from Taiwan, Sweden, Ukraine, Switzerland, Singapore and Argentina. Approximately 300 people attended SOWN 2015, where the venue was packed with excitement and international atmosphere applauding each presentation by shaking toy hammers! "Audience Award" "Best Technological Game Award" "Best Arts Award" "Best Experimental Game Award" "Best Game Design Award" "Best Presentation Award"trophies were given in the end and all of ten developers enjoyed networking with TGS attendees at the booths in Indie Game Area which provided for free of charge to all the presenters.


  • To introduce game with a game design and ideas that are experimental and creative, and that cannot be called conventional or traditional
  • To raise awareness of the great value of "sense of wonder" in games, which may transform the common sense of game, and lead to invigorate the game industry
  • To offer people creating experimental games opportunities for the future product release
  • To create new domains in the game industy

Why don't you show your idea to the Tokyo Game Show audiences who come from everywhere in the world?
And we would like you to be inspired by other presenters and audiences and find new experience and network at SOWN 2015.


The "SENSE OF WONDER NIGHT" event has received a lot of inspiration from the "Experimental Gameplay Workshop" that was started at the Game Developers Conference in 2001.
We would like to express our thanks to the many people who helped to make these workshops a success and to all our friends.