Our lead up to one of Europe’s biggest game expos has begun. EGX is the place to be if you want to demo, showcase or simply express your passion for games.
Content at this year’s EGX promises to better than ever before. We will be telling you what to look out for if you’re one of the thousands attending the four-day event. This year, EGX includes a host of new features including the expo app, HTC’s VR headset, cosplay, Capcom Pro tour, the UKie careers bar & the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit.
The 2015 expo has a lot to talk about and so far there are confirmed seminars and panels for the MEGABOOTH, this is the perfect opportunity for budding and active game developers to check out the competition and get some inspiration for their own indie project. The networking event will allow indie gamers and developers to meet, collaborate and form partnerships that will bring independent games to the forefront of the UK gaming industry. More information about MEGABOOTH can be found here.
The GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit is a ticket only event that will be held on the Thursday 24th September. The summit will bring together every division of the game development process. Development studios will be given the opportunity to network with other studios, attend panel discussion relating to SME developers and to receive pitching advice before some companies are given the chance to pitch to potential investors. Our Games department will also be in attendance and on hand with funding programmes and advice.
As always, EGX would not be complete without shiny new demos and teasers to get your hands on. A full list of the games available to play at the conference can be found on the EGX website here. After the announcement of EA games at this year’s E3, fans are of course excited to check out the games to demo in Europe. The line-up for this year’s expo includes five EA titles such as ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’, ‘Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst’, ‘Need for Speed’ and of course ‘Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2’. Games from indie developers will also be available to play with twenty-one games named so far. This year’s selection of ‘Left Field’ games have been sponsored by SEGA and can be found here.
Among the games open to patriots will be the tournament class for the EU qualifying round of Capcom’s Pro Tour. As the world’s most prestigious fighting game tournament, the winner will claim one of thirty-two spots for the end of year championship final. epic.LAN will once again be hosting their Dota 2 challenge and the winning team from each of the monthly heats will battle for victory at the Sunday event for a confirmed prize pot worth £1,500. Other mentionable titles at this year’s event include ‘Just Cause 3’, ‘Tom Clancy’s Division’, ‘Rainbow Six’ and the latest ‘Assassin’s Creed’. EGX will also be host to ‘Homefront: The Revolution’, ‘Prison Architect’, ‘Total War: WARHAMMER’ and Team 17’s demo collection that will include the new ‘Worms WMD’. All of which are high on the list of must play demos at this year’s event.
Internet sensations Yogscast will also be attending EGX 2015. The YouTube celebrities will be present with their own merchandise and signing opportunities and have also been scheduled for two after-hours Q&A sessions during the event. As E-Sports becomes more and more popular, so do the opportunities to compete. Virgin Media, sponsors of EGX are hosting an e-sports event that is being powered by Gfinity. The hexathlons are ‘Super Smash Bros’, ‘Fifa 15’, ‘Smite’, ‘Heroes of the Storm’, ‘Destiny’and ‘Hearthsone’. Participants are required to prove their skill and ability in each game on the Gfininty website, the qualifying rounds end September 19th with the concluding stages held during the event. Details on the hexathlon and how to compete can be found here.
EGX has always had something for every gamer but now the expo has something for everybody. EGX will also host the UK preliminary rounds of the ECG (European Cosplay Gathering) the event will be open to anyone over the age of 17 with a UK passport that permanently reside in the country. Winners will represent the country in an all-expenses paid trip to the Japan Expo next July.