Awarded gamesMinister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
goes to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Project Team

Players spend their days as they like on their own uninhabited islands, where time flows the same as in real life.

Catching insects, fishing, interacting with residents, collecting a wide variety of items, and designing the island are just some of the ways players enjoy themselves. Information is actively exchanged on social networking sites (SNSs), and communication among the players was very active, including the opportunity for various people to visit islands.

In addition, it has developed into a movement that can be called a social phenomenon not only in Japan but also around the world through communication based on the information that users themselves transmit, such as attracting a lot of attention to events hosted by influencers and celebrities as users.

This game led many users resumed playing a game on console after such a long time or even made many buy a console for the first time. The portable Nintendo Switch Lite, especially its new "Coral" color released at the same time as the software, has been well received by many female customers. It is still popular today, and has been greatly expanding the base of game users.

Furthermore, various real brands and companies are using "My Design," an in-game feature that allows players to design their own unique outfits, etc. and make them disclose to other players online.

The game won the award in recognition of its significant contributions to the development of the industry, including the fact that famous overseas museums have itemized their collections and provided data, which has attracted the attention of fans in other fields.

Objective of indroducing the METI Award

Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) understands computer entertainment software as a cultural form and is holding this event since 1996 to celebrate the 24th anniversary this year for the purposes to vitalize and contribute to development of the computer entertainment software industry.

The Japan Game Awards have been selecting and awarding excellent videogame software in three categories of "Game of the Year Division", "Future Division" and "Amateur Division".

While the awards were formerly given only to videogame software, the "METI Award" was introduced last year which is to be awarded both to videogame software and persons/group of persons which and who are supporting the videogame industry to make the system "more open and meaningful award system".

Selection Criteria for the METI Award

The prize is awarded to those who have contributed to the development of the videogame industry through creation of excellent products or expanded the scope of the videogame industry using a new expression, technology, etc.Persons and group of persons are eligible to receive the award.