Konami’s Beat Square Tournament Captivates Industry Interest at G2E 2017
Award-winning skill-based tournament game becomes a top centerpiece attraction
Konami Gaming, Inc. announced outstanding reception for its Beat Square rhythmic gameplay skill-based release, which includes solo mode and comprehensive tournament functionality for teams and individuals to compete. Beat Square Tournament made its industry premiere during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas on October 3 – 5, hosting on-going competitions with crowds of visitors. Beat Square™ challenges gamers in a skill competition of rhythmic coordination to tap choreographed square buttons as they light up to the beat of the music. As announced at the show by Global Gaming Business, Beat Square has been awarded Best Slot Product in the 2017 Gaming & Technology Awards. This landmark product release stands alongside an array of original Konami developments including its Frogger™: Get Hoppin’™ skill-based game, Crystal Cyclone™ community-style multi-station, premium Concerto Opus™ cabinet with a 65-inch video screen, and more than 100 different slot games focused on creative engagement and enduring entertainment value.
“The excitement surrounding Beat Square has been incredible. Crowds lined up to join the tournament, top players kept coming back to defend their high scores, and eSports-style competitors teamed up to attempt some of the most challenging songs,” said Steve Walther, senior director, marketing & product management. “We brought a full Beat Square Tournament installation to G2E as a glimpse into the potential for new gaming entertainment. The response has been widespread enthusiasm. Seeing the industry come together to experience this completely one-of-a-kind game has been unforgettable.”
Based on technology developed through iconic Konami creations like Dance Dance Revolution, Beat Square is equipped with a variety of new and recognizable tunes. After players enter their initials and the game begins, patterns illuminate across the button dashboard for players to tap with the beat to earn higher scores. Players see instant feedback with every tap—whether early, late, good, perfect, or miss. Rising scores are displayed in real-time throughout game play, as well as tournament and top leaderboard rank.
“Creative entertainment is at the core of Beat Square,” said Walther. “Leveraging proven technology from our amusement arcade division, Konami has introduced a skill-based tournament game unlike anything else the gaming industry has seen. It’s just one example of how Konami is pioneering future product to reach new and expanding audiences with novel creative development and gameplay experiences.”