Paris Games Week, the French video game trade fair organised by SELL (the Union of Video Game Publishers), is expecting a record-breaking 300,000 vistors to attend this year’s event, which takes place on 28th October to 1st November in the French capital.
Now in its sixth year, Paris Games Week is firmly established on the international gaming calendar as one of the industry’s flagship experiences and will, once again, welcome both consumer and trade attendees. Paris Games Week 2015 will be a stage for international events: European releases, professional trading, conferences and more.
A fun, family event
For its sixth edition, the theme for Paris Games Week is to offer visitors an immersive and fun experience. Scheduled during the October school holidays, it offers gamers and their friends and families a host of attractions: new products for the Christmas season, previews for 2016, international eSport competitions and more. Manufacturers, publishers and accessory manufacturers will launch brand new products. Over five days, gamers will be able to play new products exhibited by publishers in a fun and festive atmosphere. To make the event even more memorable, Paris Games Week continues to grow and has now invested in over 60,000 square metres, in halls 1 and 2.1 at the Paris Expo exhibition centre in Porte de Versailles.
With a ‘games for all’ ethos, younger gamers can enjoy Paris Games Week Junior, which has also grown in size: over 2,000m² dedicated to kids and their parents, where they can test a great number of new products for 6-12 year-olds. Paris Games Week has established itself as the showcase for all video games.
Video gaming is recognised as the number two cultural industry in France behind books* and the only physical entertainment market to enjoy growth last year*. Paris Games Week is duty-bound to represent this strong industry: virtual reality, augmented reality, Cloud Gaming, blockbusters, independent games… The latest trends and innovations are accessible to all visitors with five days of celebrating, discovering and sharing. Every year, Paris Games Week brings together more exhibitors to offer the public every gaming experience on every platform.
“Since the first edition of Paris Games Week in 2010, we have strived to improve our visitor experience and offer them the most diverse gaming event possible. To achieve this we bring together all the industry’s stakeholders to represent every segment and every video gaming practice,” explains Emmanuel Martin, General Manager of SELL
Paris Games Week in figures
Created in 2010 by SELL (the Union of Video Game Publishers), PGW enjoyed a record 272,000 visitors in 2014 representing an increase of 10% compared to 2013. The fair is expecting 300,000 visitors in 2015.
In 2015, Paris Games Week increased the exhibition area by 20% to over 60,000 square metres exclusively dedicated to video gaming.
125 exhibitors from every video gaming sector attended 2014’s Paris Games Week.
The first Paris Games Week was held five years ago and quickly and firmly established itself in the world’s top five video gaming fairs.
Today, Paris Games Week is one of the world’s essential gaming industry events, for gamers and professionals. The 2015 edition will host international speakers and exclusive releases, brand new to Paris Games Week. Members of SELL, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, are delighted to see the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre become home to everyone involved in video gaming, a place where the industry comes together to discover the new products that will be the stars of the end-of-year season.
“We are endeavouring to offer French audiences the best of the industry but our aim is also to make PGW a showcase for video gaming in every shape and form. This is why we are increasing our partnerships and invitations to studios, schools, associations and communities. Alongside the manufacturers, publishers, accessory manufacturers and e-sport players, they make up the rich fabric of our world,” explains Jean-Claude Ghinozzi, Chairman of SELL
Paris Games Week renews its partnership with Game Connection This international professional video game event, run by Capital Games, brings together over 2,700 decision-makers and 250 buyers (publishers, distributors, developers, journalists and service providers) from over 50 countries.
Every participant has the opportunity of scheduling appointments before the event using a matchmaking tool that has made the reputation of Game Connection. In parallel, Game Connection is offering a three-day programme of conferences, master classes and buyer meetings, with expert video gaming speakers from around the world.
France: a European video game leader
The increasing presence of Paris Games Week on the international video game calendar can be explained by the success of France’s gaming industry. France is in the top three European video game markets. With 53%* of its population gaming, the French are among the most regular gamers in Europe.
Recognised all over the world for its creativity and excellence, French savoir-faire exports well and video gaming is one of Europe’s most dynamic industries. The combined actions of the industry and the government enhance and strengthen the French gaming sector.
In 2014, Paris Games Week received the support of Fleur Pellerin, Minster for Culture and Communication who inaugurated the exhibition and Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of State for Digital Business within the Ministry for the Economy, Industrial Recovery and Digital Business.
*Source: SELL/GFK 2014