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Japanese television network TBS makes "full-scale entry" into game industry

The company hopes to turn its franchises into "household names."

Chris Kerr, News Editor

July 5, 2023

1 Min Read
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Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) has launched a "full-scale entry" into the game industry with the debut of its new company, TBS Games.

TBS Television is one of Japan's major Tokyo-based broadcasters and is owned by TBS Holdings, which operates numerous sports, radio, news and television shows across a huge network of channels.

As spotted by Gematsu, the TBS Games website explains that TBS is no longer content with simply making "good television," and now wants to "deliver the most impressive gaming experiences" across platforms including mobile, PC, consumer (presumably home consoles), and arcade machines.

TBS said the new game company will become its "ultimate weapon" by leveraging the "power of content creation."

"As with other famous game characters, we aim to turn our original IPs into household names through the creation of games that enrich the lives of players everywhere," reads the website.

TBS noted that some of its programs including Sasuke Ninja Warrior and Saturday Night Chubaw! have already been adapted into games, indicating it now wants to become more involved in that process.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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