London games festival returns with 12- day showcase of interactive excellence

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The London Games Festival, a joint initiative between Film London, UKIE and Games London, and funded by the Mayor of London, is a celebratory showcase of the country’s interactive entertainment industry.

The Festival, now in its fourth year, will run 2nd-14th April in venues across the capital and offers something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of gaming, work in gaming or want an insight into the culture of gaming.

The 12-day showcase features over 40 events and looks set to beat last year’s attendance of over 50,000.

Calendar of Events:

London Games Festival Hub at Somerset House (2nd-3rd April)

Get inspired, find talent and make connections at the London Games Festival Hub. Enjoying its second year at the Festival, the Hub provides a central home for summits, exhibitions, demos and networking.

W.IN (3rd April)

Part of the London Games Festival Hub, W.IN is the London Games Festival’s networking event for women working in games, interactive and related creative industries. It is inclusive and welcoming to all but exclusively features female speakers and stories and will be lead by an interview with world-renowned recipient of the BAFTA special gaming award, Brenda Romero.

Ensemble (2nd-14th April)

Ensemble highlights the work being done by games industry creatives from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. Curator Sharna Jackson brings together work by leading talent in the UK games industry, looking at their careers with reference to concept art, sketches, design documents, prototypes and more.

Games Finance Market (3rd-4th April)

A key event for anyone seeking finance to create their own game. The two-day event will connect 60 games creators with 60 funders from around the world.

Games Character Parade (6th April)

See hundreds of fans dress as games characters and tour key London landmarks, in a hugely popular spectacle where virtual games characters become reality. London

Now Play This (6th-14th April)

Back and bigger than ever this year, the event offers visitors a chance to get hands-on with some of the most experimental and diverse games currently being created around the globe. .

Trafalgar Square Games Festival (13th April)

This annual event celebrates interactive entertainment with partners Events DC, LEGO, Kojima Productions and an all-day FIFA challenge open to all with the best amateur players teamed up with pro esports players.

Games Festival Fringe (2nd-14th April)

The Festival’s Fringe is an exciting array of independently organised events that take place during the London Games Festival. This year’s line-up includes tournaments, live games, developer talks, an exhibition, an international conference and more.

British Academy Games Awards (4th April)

A BAFTA red carpet event showcasing the very best games the industry has created over the past 12 months. Attended by celebrities and key global talent from the world of video games.

Rezzed (4th-6th April)

London’s biggest consumer games show is a colourful, lively and vibrant three-day event with opportunities to play, shop and explore everything that’s hot in gaming right now.

For further information on the events, please visit the London Games Festival website.

 

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