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09/09/2015

12 Reasons You Need To Be at EGX 2015

If you’re not already one of the thousands of people who will be attending Europe’s largest gaming expo this September, then you’re missing out on an unbelievable opportunity. 

In addition to hosting the GamesIndustry.biz ‘Investment Summit’ which offers countless funding opportunities for emerging developers, attendees will be able to take part in exclusive events, e-Sport championships and get access to some of this year’s hottest gaming titles months ahead of their release dates.  

Still on the fence? Here’s 12 reasons why you should get yourself down to EGX 2015 this September…

Location

The first reason you should be attending this year’s EGX is fairly simple: it’s in the UK. E3, GDC and Tokyo Games Show are global game conventions but none are based here in the UK. EGX is easily the most accessible games industry expo to UK residents and regional game developers.

Cost

For one of the largest conventions for games in the world, the price tag is great value for money. General entry tickets are available for as little as £17.50 for a single day with multi-day tickets costing only £60. 

Content

The range of content, competitions and stalls available makes EGX a fairly complete event. Games from across all major platforms will be available to demo, from Xbox, Sony, Nintendo and PC. These will be available across the entire venue while indie developers will also be able to demo games from the twenty one selected by SEGA. 

Events 

Across the conference there are guaranteed to be a number of events and opportunities. EGX have already confirmed the Cosplay competition, the Virgin Media Hexathlon gaming competition, The Yogscast events and the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit, to name just a few. 

Partners 

EGX has one of the best list of industry partners and backers to support and help the event be the very best. With headline partners Virgin Media and retail partners Game, the UK’s largest game retailer chain. Other partners of the expo include Xbox, Madcatz, Playstation, Nintendo, Tornado Energy and Gfinity. The event also has support from Team 17, EA, SEGA and Bethesda for a full list click here.   

HTC’s Vive 

You could be one of the first people in the UK to try the VR headset powered by Valve. As virtual reality headsets become more popular and the market becomes more competitive, the only way to know which console is best is to try them out for yourself at this year’s EGX. 

Games

It’s all about the playable experience and the opportunity to demo EA’s new collection including ‘Mirror’s Edge’, ‘Battlefront’ and ‘Need for Speed’ amongst others. Team 17 have brought their own list of playable demos that include the new ‘Worms’ title and ‘Plants vs. Zombies’. SEGA have also put together a list of twenty one indie games called the ‘Leftfield Collection’. 

Yogscast 

Attending this year’s event is the team from the YouTube gaming channel Yogscast. The group will be signing autographs and hosting Q&A after hours, perfect for fans of the ever popular social channel. 

GamesIndustry.biz ‘Investment Summit’ 

The expo isn’t just for the fans; it’s also a crucial date in the calendars of developers all across the UK. Our games team will be at the event to promote our funding opportunities, providing support to developers and reveal exclusive funding news. Ticket holders of the summit can also attend panel discussions with industry leaders and pitch their games to investors. For tickets, head here

Nintendo 

Nintendo isn't cutting any corners this year at EGX. The mega-studio will be bringing a host of playable titles to the event that make it worth the ticket price alone. Star Fox Zero heads up the list alongside the new Zelda adventure 'Tri Force Heros' and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Attendees will also get to sample a selection of Wii U, 3DS and Nintendo indy titles such as Super Mario Maker, Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire, Splatoon and many more. Head here for a full list.

Announcements

Creative England's GamesLab team have been a regular feature at EGX for the past few years; bringing along a selection of developers who we've supported and revealing exclusive details of brand new funding opportunities. This year will be no different. Head down to the Investment Summit to hear our Head of Games and Digital Jaspal Sohal discuss the achievements of the companies we've supported and some exciting news about how more studios than ever could benefit from some GamesLab funding and support.

Youtube Gaming Stage

This year, EGX will feature a brand new stage dedicated to online gaming communities. The Youtube Gaming Stage invites well known creators to host panels, exclusive Q&As and live 'Let's Play' gaming events throughout the weekend. Attendees can keep up to date on the events happening on the stage via the Youtube Gaming app while those at home can stream the action in real-time via this link. Creators already confirmed include the Yogscast, Syndicate and Outside Xbox with more to be revealed closer to the event. 


Head here to book your tickets to this year's Investment Summit at EGX 2015

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