If you’re an avid gamer you’re probably aware of the world’s most popular gaming conventions. Conventions are a great place to unleash your inner geek and enjoy days of non-stop gaming with thousands of others who gather to celebrate the best that the gaming world has to offer. Europe in particular has loads of cool game gatherings you would be mad to miss out on. Expect panels, workshops, cosplay and the chance to meet some of your favourite gaming designers and heroes. With conventions going on all year round, why not take some time off from gaming in your home and take that passion into one of these awesome conventions? Get your E111 card, passport and best game character outfit at the ready, because whether you’re a co newbie or a con aficionado, there will always be something for you to enjoy!
Gamescom is held in Cologne in Germany annually and is the world’s largest gaming convention and even. It brings together an impressive 335,000 exhibitors from 88 different countries, not to mention 6000 journalists and 700 exhibitors. Gamescom started in 2009 and has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to hosting representatives from every major video game publisher going.
Lucca Comics and Games
Lucca Comics and Games were originally called Salone Internazionale del Comics and came to fruition in 1966. Located in Lucca, Tuscany, the town gets taken over every year by large tents once a year to host over 240,000 attendees. When you’re not enjoying the convention, why not take some time to soak up the stunning Tuscany hill views?
MCM London Comic Con
The MCM London Comic Con is held twice a year in London and focuses on anime, sci-fi, video games, cosplay, manga and other popular media from the states and Japan. It attracts a huge wave of gamers as well as movie makers, TV producers, writers and game developers. It’s the place to go to find out about all the latest goings on in the world of gaming!
Insomnia Gaming Festival
The UK based Insomnia Gaming festival is a popular gaming event in the UK that started out as a PC gaming only event initially. More recently, organisers have agreed to incorporate console games into the mix and the event has grown in size considerably.
Paris Games Week
Paris Games Week is just building momentum having taken place for the first time in 2010 and is sure to get loads of interest in the coming years. The event is a trade fair for video games and is hosted annually at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles, bringing in hundreds of thousands of people. Make sure to put this into your diary!
As one of the biggest UK games events, Eurogamer houses an impressive variety of game exhibits, and extensive indie game collection as well as a vast display of retro games. With everything from cosplay, developer sessions and the chance to speak to recruiters directly and participate in career workshops, it’s an unmissable opportunity for those looking to make gaming into a career option.