Awarded gamesMinister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award goes to the FAMILY COMPUTER

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 FAMILY COMPUTER was selected for the award.

Family Computer, released in 1983 as a cassette-type home video game console incorporating an eight-bit CPU, celebrated the 40th anniversary this year.
It was an epoch-making product that enabled any person to enjoy various games only by connecting its body to a TV and inserting a cartridge. More than 1,000 titles have been released to date.
It was not just a bestseller toy but a product that established the game industry of the world continuing to develop for 40 years until now.
It produced many creators and players. Without Family Computer, there has been no development of the game industry. For the great contribution to creation and development of a new industry; it won the Prize of Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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 27th 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.