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Whether you're a casual gamer, pro competitor or work in the games industry, there are plenty of upcoming gaming events in the UK and Europe that will catch your attention this year.
That's why we’ve compiled a list of the top games events to attend in the UK and Europe for 2018. These events provide great opportunity to network with like-minded people, get involved in games tournaments and challenges, draw inspiration and discover what's new in the world of games.
Take a browse through the list and let us know which events you will be attending. And you know what, you might even bump into the Creative Personnel team at a few of them too!
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30th March - 2nd April 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom Read More
Insomnia is a long-running live gaming festival featuring an incredible roster of special guests plus LAN gaming areas, Q&A sessions, esports tournaments, an exhibition hall and more. Insomnia is a celebration of gaming culture perfect for fans of any age.
London Games Festival:HUB
9th - 10th April 2018 London, United Kingdom Read More
LGF HUB is a new addition to the London Games Festival, providing a central home for our agenda-setting summits, gallery spaces for new exhibitions, a demo zone and networking space.
10th - 14th April 2018 Bristol, United Kingdom Read More
ACCU is an annual conference about programming in whatever language people are using, with whatever tools and processes people are using: D, Chapel, Java, Kotlin, C#, C++, F#, Groovy, Rust, Go, Python, Ruby, Lisp, and more.
Games Week Denmark
12th - 19th April 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark Read More
Games Week Denmark is a nationwide celebration of the Danish games industry, where game designers, programmers, graphic artists, business experts, gamers, and everybody in love with the interactive medium of games come together to meet, talk, learn, and share.
Nordic Game Jam
13th - 16th April 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark Read More
A game jam is an event where you join a team to make a game in 48 hours. You can make the best game of them all and challenge yourself with new game ideas and technologies.
13th - 15th April 2018 London, United Kingdom Read More
EGX is the UK's biggest video games event. There will be presentations by game designers from world-renowned studios, areas dedicated to esports, the opportunity to meet and chat with game creators, hundreds of screens featuring the very best console and PC games weeks (or months) before they're released, presentations by world famous game designers and a feast of other game related features.
19th - 21st April 2018 Dubrovnik, Croatia Read More
Reboot Develop 2018 game developers and games industry conference will be again the key gathering spot of the best that worldwide games industry has to offer, featuring again an amazing star-studded speaker lineup and pushing the boundaries of what defines a truly high-end and supremely unique games industry event.
Animex – International Festival of Animation and Computer Games
14th - 18th May 2018 Middlesborough, United Kingdom Read More
Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing and prides itself on its warm friendly atmosphere. Animex is your chance to meet industry experts, discuss the state-of-the-art, see behind the scenes of the biggest hits, and to have a great time at one of the premier games and animation events anywhere in the world.
Digital Dragons is one of Europe’s largest business events, addressed to the representatives of the digital entertainment sector.
22nd - 23rd May 2018 London, United Kingdom Read More
VR World 2018 is a 2-day conference and exhibition focused on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality and its impact beyond gaming. With 4 in-depth event tracks and over 150 leading speakers, no other European event covers the market in as much detail.
Norwich Gaming Festival
28th May - 3rd June 2018 Norwich, United Kingdom Read More
The Norwich Gaming Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of video games, brought to you by The Forum. Explore the latest releases, classic retro games, coding and game technology. Enjoy a week of free gaming fun, no ticket required! See independent games showcased by their creators, giving you the chance to find out more about their creation.
Casual Connect Europe
29th - 31st May 2018 London, United Kingdom Read More
Casual Connect explores how your creativity and business can merge to create beautiful games. Learn from over 100 leaders in established and emerging markets of the games industry – covering game design, esports, social casino, funding, next-generation technology and best practices.
Vienna International Gaming Expo
30th May - 1st June 2018 Vienna, Austria Read More
ViGE (Vienna International Gaming Expo) is a unique yearly event which aims to bring together the online and land-based gaming industry from all over the planet and help them reach a global audience.
UK Games Expo
1st - 3rd June 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom Read More
Now in its 12th Year, UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest Hobby Games Convention in the UK. A fun event appealing to families and the general public as well as the enthusiast.
Digital CX World
12th - 14th June 2018 London, United Kingdom Read More
Digital CX World brings together those who design, deliver, and optimise digital experiences - from product and IT teams, to strategy and marketing specialists. Part of TechXLR8, our shared exhibition covers DCX, AI, IoT, AR/VR, Cloud, Mobility, Blockchain and 5G.
The international festival in Italy where game design looks beyond its own boundaries. This fourth edition features two days of talks and showcased games full of extra inspiration from performing arts.
10th - 12th July 2018 Brighton, United Kingdom Read More
Develop:Brighton has been bringing together the European Game Dev community from global superstars to micro indies - since 2006. Come and learn from your peers and share your experiences, hear from the industry’s leading lights, get up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques and industry trends, plus network with over 2,000 game dev professionals.
13th - 16th July 2018 Cambridge, United Kingdom Read More
Brains Eden is the UK's largest international student game jam, now in its tenth year at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK and supported by some of the biggest games and technology companies in the world.
NERG (North East Retro Gaming)
14th - 15th July 2018 Gateshead, United Kingdom Read More
NERG is a yearly event for the North East, bringing retro gaming back to the modern day. Some of the best-loved video and pinball machines from yesteryear will be at your fingertips once more to bring those arcade memories flooding back. Relive your childhood over the entire weekend and also introduce younger relatives to how you spent your teenage years….and pocket money!
19th - 20th August 2018 Cologne, Germany Read More
devcom is the primary game developers event at gamescom, the world’s largest computer and video games event. devcom is a prestigious, five-day umbrella framework for a series of events focused around game development, game publishing, networking and community building. The main events at devcom are the devcom developer conference, RESPAWN – gathering of game developers, the devcom summits, the official gamescom keynotes and the devcom developer lounge.
21st - 25th August 2018 Cologne, Germany Read More
gamescom is the leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture is the meeting point for global companies from the entertainment industry and the international gaming community.
20th - 23rd September 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom Read More
AEGX is the UK's biggest video games event. There will be presentations by game designers from world-renowned studios, areas dedicated to esports, the opportunity to meet and chat with game creators, hundreds of screens featuring the very best console and PC games weeks (or months) before they're released, presentations by world famous game designers and a feast of other game related features.
Time to start planning, add them to your diary and get your game on!
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Have we missed anything or want to add your event? Let us know!
Email kelly@creativepersonnel with the details and we’ll add it to the list.