The Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies is proud to announce that Yosuke Hayashi, managing director at Koei Tecmo Games and head of the Team Ninja brand, is invited as a keynote speaker for Replaying Japan 2019 – The Seventh International Conference on Japan Game Research.


At Team Ninja, Yosuke Hayashi developed games such as the Dead or Alive series and Nioh that incorporated Japanese historical motifs while simultaneously targeting the international market. During his keynote address, Mr. Hayashi will share valuable insights on the circumstance of the production of these titles.


Furthermore, this keynote address will be hosted in collaboration with the DiGRA 2019 conference. Attendees from both DiGRA 2019 and Replaying Japan 2019 are invited to join this event.


Yosuke Hayashi

Managing director, Koei Tecmo Games.

Mr. Hayashi joined Tecmo (now Koei Tecmo Games) in 2001. He was involved as a game designer in the development of various Team Ninja titles including the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series. When Tecmo and Koei merged in 2010, forming what is now Koei Tecmo Games, Mr. Hayashi served as producer for Team Ninja titles. In 2015, when he became head of Team Ninja, he co-directed the production of Nioh.


Replaying Japan – The International Conference on Japan Game Research

Replaying Japan is an international conference series on the study of Japanese video games. It originally started as a single symposium hosted by the University of Alberta in 2012 as a result of discussions held between the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies and the University of Alberta through its philosophy department as well as its humanities computing program. In 2013, the decision was made to organize a first edition of the Replaying Japan Conference series that would open to the public at Ritsumeikan University. Since then, the conference series saw a global expansion with the organization of the conference’s activities at locations such as Leipzig University in Germany in 2016, the Strong Museum of Play in the United States of America in 2017, and the National Video Game Arcade in England in 2018. Replaying Japan is also sponsored by the Digital Games Association Japan (DiGRA Japan).