The following three guests will give keynotes for DiGRA 2019 in order to enhance our understanding of “Game, Play & the Emerging Ludo-Mix” to look towards the future.

Eiji Ōtsuka  (Aug. 7,2019)

Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies

Theme: The Origin of the Media-Mix (With Simultaneous Translation)

The World Renown Researcher in the field of the Media Mix, he has been also known as the original author for  Manga “Unlucky Youngmen (アンラッキーヤングメン)” and “coup d’État(クウデタア)” among others.  He is also a renown critic whose recent works include “Style of Mickey Mouse”(ミッキーの書式)and “Proposition of Astronomy”(アトムの命題).

As an editor, his works include “The Media Mix For Propaganda”(動員のメディアミックス). Upcoming works include “Osamu Tezuka and Media Theory during the Wartime” (手塚治虫と戦時下のメディア理論), and “The Yokusan Family and the Media Mix during the Wartime”. He also manages “World Manga Workshops” with his pupils who had gone overseas, and he has held 10 workshops around the globe.

He also self-publishes an academic journal focused on Manga and Anime researches titled “Tobio-critics”(トビオクリティックス), providing young researchers with a research platform and an opportunity for publication.

T.L. Taylor, Ph.D (Aug. 8,2019)

Professor, Comparative Media Studies, MIT

Theme: Esports in the age of networked broadcast

Dr. Taylor is a qualitative sociologist who has focused on internet and game studies for over two decades. Her research explores the interrelations between culture and technology in online leisure environments.  Some of her works are Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (MIT Press), and Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture (MIT Press, 2006).  She just published Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming from Princeton University Press.

Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Aug. 9,2019)

Project Professor, Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design

Theme: The Future of Ludo-Mix

Game Creator; After being at SEGA and the United Artists, he co-found Q Entertainment with Shuji Utusmi. After Q Entertainment dissolved, he founded Enhance. His major works include SEGA Rally,

Space Channel 5, Rez, Luminus, 『Ninety-Nine Nights』, Rez Infinite and Tetris Effect.


Yosuke Hayashi(Aug. 10,2019)

Managing Director of KOEI TECMO GAMES.

Joined TECMO (now KOEI TECMO GAMES) in 2001. 

Involved as a game designer in the development of Team NINJA titles, including the DEAD OR ALIVE and NINJA GAIDEN series.
When TECMO and KOEI merged into KOEI TECMO GAMES in 2010, his main role was a producer for Team NINJA titles.
In 2015 he became Head of Team NINJA and was co-director of Nioh (PS4).

Yosuke Hayashi: keynote speaker for Replaying Japan 2019 – The Seventh International Conference on Japan Game Research

This keynote is a joint collaboration with Replaying Japan 2019