Bandai Namco, the creators of games based on the popular anime Digimon, have announced a fan convention named Digimon Con 2022 based on the Digital Monster universe. The event will be held online and will feature live musical performances, merchandise announcements and sales, games, trading cards, and more. This is the first iteration for all things Digimon and will be held on February 26, 2022, on the official Bandai Namco YouTube channel.
People from across the world will be able to access the live stream that starts at 5 PM PST/1 AM GMT with Japanese and English as language options. According to the official website, some parts of the broadcast will vary between the two languages but the portions that will be affected have not been revealed as of now. Those who miss the live stream can tune in later to watch the recorded version.
Digimon Con 2022: Event schedule
The stream will cover a wide variety of upcoming Digimon content with special segments focussed on giving details about the Digimon anime series, new information on an unnamed Digimon game. Rumors suggest that the unnamed game is the much delayed Digimon Survive. The keynote will also let fans know more about the fitness tracker that comes with DIM(Digimon Identified Memory) to support the ability to train Digimons known as the Digimon Vital Bracelet.
The initial selection results for the Digimon Illustration Competition will be followed by a special live performance by the famous Japanese singer and composer Ayumi Miyazaki who has been associated with Digimon, singing multiple songs for the hit series.
|Time (PST)||Event Details|
|17:00 – 17:10||Opening|
|17:10 – 18:00||Digimon Games Ultimate|
Information and Q&A session
|18:00 – 18:55||Digimon card game US – Japan|
Friendship match (1st half)
|18:55 – 19:10||Digimon Illustration competition 1st Results|
Announcement and special judge message
|19:10 – 19:28||Special live musical performance by Ayumi Miyazaki|
|19:28 – 20:23||Make your own destiny! Vital|
Bracelet double time raid battle
|20:23 – 21:38||Digimon anime discussion|
|21:38 – 22:38||Digimon card game US – Japan|
Friendship match (2nd half)
|22:38 – 22:42||Digimon project|
Theme song live performance
|22:42 – 22:47||Closing|
|22:47 – 23:00||Worldwide product designer interview|
New product information
Drawing competition has a prize pool of $2,600
The drawing competition with a grand prize of 300,000 yen ($2,600) was held between December 16 to February 6. The entries to the contest shall feature one of eight Digimons mentioned on the contest page and should convey “Digimon’s cool or cute scenes” message. The competition is only open for applicants from Japan and the United States.
The judging panel comprising of Kenji Watanabe, chief designer Digimon will select the winners. The first prize winner will have their art featured on a Digimon trading card in addition to the grand prize while seven other winners will get their art featured and 100,000 yen each.
In addition, people will also be able to buy merchandise such as trading cards and toys but it should be noted that some of the content and merchandise will not be available in select regions. Bandai Namco recently launched a closed beta test in China for its latest mobile gaming title based in Digimon universe, Digimon Source Code.