Awarded gamesMinister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award goes to the Kou Shibusawa

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award is given to individuals who have contributed to the development of the computer game industry and thus to the Kou Shibusawa was selected for the award.

He has been involved in the development of many works and has led the industry since the dawn of computer entertainment.

In addition, his masterworks “Nobunaga's Ambition” and “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” series pioneered and established the historical simulation genre, a major game genre.

The award was given in recognition of his contribution to the development of Japan's computer entertainment industry as a top creator for 40 years.

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 25th 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.