Japanese VR festival closed prematurely by Police due to overcrowding

Police close the VR Festival in Japan midway due to overcrowding

Virtual Reality or VR is the future. This was again proved in Japan when Police had to prematurely shut down a VR Porn Festival in progress, apparently due to overcrowding.


According to a report on Japanese website, Hatenablog (translated by VR Talk) The VR Festival was organised in Tokyo district of Akihabara to highlight a range of virtual reality technologies relating to the porn and adult toy industry. The VR Porn Festival also had demonstrations of actual virtual reality content, including accessories such as a robotic pleasure devices.


It seems that the live demonstrations were the prime reason for overcrowding as Japanese citizens from Tokyo thronged the venue to get a glimpse of what was being demoed. According to Hatenablog, throngs of curious visitors started to emerge even before the porn festival opened its doors. The police were called in by the organisers as the excessive number of people turning up causing overcrowding, not only waiting to enter inside the venue but outside the venue as well.


“So I went there in high spirits an hour before [the opening time], but the city was already overflowing with people,” a Japanese reporter at the scene stated. “There were so many [people] that it was almost impossible to keep the situation under control. While waiting for my friends, I couldn’t help but think that if they couldn’t control the mass of people, a riot or something similar could happen. The 20 lucky guys closest to the building were let in by the staff. I’m sure there was a line inside the building that rivaled the one outside.”


Hatenablog noted that organisers and police had no choice but to close the festival due to the inability to adequately control the crowd. The organiser appologised to the thronging crowds for the premature closure and said that the next time the festival is held they would book a large venue.

Porn VR is the future

We have already reported how Porn VR is emerging as the fast growing keyword on Google search. Historically, porn has been known to be a key driver of many industries in the past and VR is no exception. It is a well known fact that porn was the main reason for a superior Betamax technology because it chose to embrace VHS in the 80s.

According to predictions VR adult content is forecast to be a $1 billion business in the United States, the third-biggest virtual-reality sector, after video games ($1.4 billion) and NFL-related content ($1.23 billion) by 2025 according to estimates from Piper Jaffray.

As we are talking about US alone in these figures. Imaging the global growth story for VR content including Japan where a porn VR festival caused mayhem to be stopped prematurely.

You can seem more images from the Porn VR Festival on Hattenablog here.