Thirdverse to Host the “X8 University Invitational Tournament” at Tokyo Game Show 2023

Thirdverse Co., Ltd. today revealed that they will be hosting the “X8 University Invitational Tournament” starting in September this year. Ten eSports teams from universities across Japan will participate and compete in the VR multiplayer hero shooter “X8.” The final tournament will take place at the Tokyo Game Show 2023 on September 24th. On the last day of the event, Thirdverse will host a dedicated event on the show floor for the “X8 University Invitational Tournament,” and anyone attending the event can try out “X8.”

“X8” is a VR multiplayer hero shooter where various heroes from different shooting game worlds gather across time and space to battle using incredible abilities. Players can form two teams of up to 5 players each for the competition. The tournament will be conducted in a 5v5, and Thirdverse will provide 5 PICO 4 devices free of charge to each participating team.

The ten participating teams are as follows:

  • University of Tokyo : eSports Team UTes
  • Waseda University : eSports Team
  • Osaka Metropolitan University : eSports Team OMU-GAMING
  • Nagoya University : eSports Team Disboard
  • University of Tsukuba : eSports Team FiO
  • Otemon Gakuin University : eSports Team EOS
  • Kanazawa University : eSports Team KUeST
  • Tokyo University of Technology : eSports Team A2Z
  • Nagaoka Institute of Technology : eSports Team NUTe
  • Nihon University : eSports TeamNihon Penguins

Comment from Thirdverse CBO and Executive Producer of “X8,” Masaru Ohnogi:

“Since May of this year, ‘X8’ has been in Early Access as a VR hero shooter with a strong focus on eSports. With active feedback from the community, the game has evolved into a more refined experience. I’m thrilled to organize the event, and we’ll have the first offline tournament on the stage of Tokyo Game Show 2023. I can’t wait to see players from various universities compete for the top spot. If you are attending Tokyo Game Show 2023, join us at the booth and enjoy playing ‘X8’ and the University Invitational Tournament on the 24th.”

Booth Information:

Event Dates: September 21st to 22nd / Business Days
September 23rd to 24th / General Public Days
Event Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Until 5:00 PM on September 21st)
Booth Location: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall, VR/AR Corner 09-E18
Host: Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA)


About Thirdverse, Co., Ltd
Founded in 2020, Thirdverse, Co., Ltd is a virtual reality game development, distribution and management company paving the path to the metaverse with two studios in Japan and the United States.
In August 2022, the studio launched its next-generation sword-fighting VR title “ALTAIR BREAKER” for Meta Quest 2 and PCVR. In September, Thirdverse announced a new multiplayer VR tactical hero shooter title called “X8” developed by its US Studio, and exhibited the game to the public for the first time at the Tokyo Game Show 2022. In November, they announced that both titles are joining the lineup for PlayStation®VR2. Currently, Thirdverse plans to strengthen the recruitment of VR game creators for the development of new titles, scheduled for release in 2023 and beyond. For more information, visit

Product Overview:

  • Supported Platforms: Meta Quest App Lab, Steam
  • Title: X8
  • Genre: VR Multiplayer Hero Shooter
  • Price: Free
  • Release: May 18, 2023
  • Players: 5v5, up to 10 players
  • Teaser Website:

Players can access X8:
Meta Quest: