Niconico Chokaigi 2023 was held from 22-30 April, with a physical event held from 29-30 April 2023 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba that saw 11,8798 attendees.
The annual event is held by Niconico Douga (nicovideo.jp), Japan’s largest social video website, as a celebration of the site’s user community and culture, bringing together a myriad of genres in a melting pot. The event, as always, had its highlights also streamed on the website itself.
Events and activities at the Chokaigi 2023 included video game streamers doing live streams on stage, streams of cooking, singing, and dancing, concerts, exhibitions by the JSDF, booths promoting things such as e-sports, tourism, pachinko, and sumo wrestlers, mini doujin events included within Chokaigi itself, cosplay, itasha, video game tournaments, toy car racing, and even traditional Japanese kabuki theater.
Video games that featured prominently included Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Goddess of Victory: Nikke, Tower of Fantasy, and Needy Girl Overdose, and Elden Ring. Of these, Splatoon had a large tournament, and Elden Ring had a live stream at the event.