San Japan’s Gaming

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Electronic / Console

San Japan’s Electronic Gaming areas will be hosting multiple gaming tournaments on a large projection screen and over 40 consoles of all different types. The console sections will be located in Hall 2 of the HBG convention center in the with over 30,000 square feet section set aside. We will have one of the largest game rooms at any Texas anime convention.

For any particular tournament questions please go to challonge.com/communities/sanjapan. We will only post the tournament schedules on here since that’s all that is provided to us.

San Japan Arcade
Arcade & Games
San Japan Arcade

Free Play Console Section


Tournament Gaming


San Japan 2022 Tournament Schedule To Be Posted By August 20th

Tournaments with cash entry are paid online or on-site at the convention inside the game room. All tournaments will have a limit by the number of entries and do tend to fill up based on the popularity of the game.

There are no refunds on convention badges even if you are unable to enter a tournament.

Any questions about the tournaments must go to challonge.com/communities/sanjapan as San Japan does not have any information about tournament setups beyond what’s listed in the tournament schedule.

Tournament entries prices will be listed on the schedule when it is available.

Tournament Rules

  • All entries must purchase a pass for the convention. An entry buy-in is not an entry for the convention. (All participants must have a valid pass.)
  • No refunds or exchanges, even if caps are met on the tournament and you check-in at the event, no refunds on convention passes. There is a 150 player entry cap on all tournaments.
  • If you miss check-in times or your match times you will be disqualified and forfeit any and all entries. All participants must check-in 15 minutes prior to the start of a tournament.

Tournament Rules


  • Turbo buttons are not allowed.
  • Equipment issues will require a decision made solely by staff.
  • Please bring your own controller/joystick. There are controllers to lend if you are not able to provide one but you must leave an identification card which will be returned when controllers are returned.
  • Blind select is available by request.
  • Programmable controllers and/or turbo functions are banned, and if a player is found using any such function will immediately forfeit the game.
  • Cronus Max Plus and Titan One converters are banned.
  • All other converters are the responsibility of the player.
  • Pausing a game will result in forfeit of that round unless the opponent chooses to waive this option.
  • Any wireless controller must be connected via its respective USB cable. We will not provide any USB cables.
  • Wii U Pro controllers are allowed.


  • Gambling is not allowed in the tournament area.
  • Cheating is not tolerated and will result in immediate ejection.
  • Vaping is not allowed in convention center.
  • Taking a loss to manipulate brackets/pools is poor sportsmanship and will result in disqualification from the tournament.

Japanese Arcade

San Japan is partnering with multiple arcade suppliers to ensure that we bring Japanese arcade cabinets to our convention attendees. We will list the arcade games by September 1st. Most importantly, all games will be free of charge to play as long as you have a valid convention badge.

San Japan is planning to have between 50 to 100 arcade cabinets, we will have a plethora of Japanese music rhythm games not seen at any other Texas anime convention.

2022 List To Be Posted By August 25th.


Retro Gaming

Bits To Bytes Gaming and Computer History Museum was established in 2016 to preserve the history of home and arcade entertainment through working examples of retro gaming consoles and other gaming curiosities. Bits to Bytes boasts a mobile museum comprised of more than 100 traditional and handheld consoles, computers and peripheral devices from across every generation of gaming that can be viewed and played with.

The museum goes beyond a cursory look at the gaming industry and tries to include as many examples from video gaming’s rich history as possible. You won’t just find an NES or Genesis at the museum, but a range of devices including numerous Pong-style machines to lesser-known consoles like Milton Bradley’s handheld Microvision.  The museum aims to showcase everything it can related to gaming from Atari to XBOX from all across the world.

Indie Gaming

San Japan is setting up an Indie Gaming section for the convention. Furthermore, it is completely free for Independent Game Developers and comes with one complimentary badge. You can promote your game to the over 20,000 attendees.

Restrictions apply. This section will be for game demonstrations. The complimentary table section will not allow the selling of games. If you wish to sell the game please inquire with San Japan on an Indie Game Booth.

Tabletop Gaming

At San Japan we will have a tabletop section with dozens of games to demo along with a large section to allow fans of CCG/TCG games to play against each other. There will be tournaments throughout the weekend. The tabletop area will require a convention badge in order to participate in all free play and tournaments.

Tabletop At San Japan

Tabletop Area sponsored by Court of Gamers

Tabletop Schedule

To Be Announced By August 25th