Gamers in the UK have an exciting second half of 2023 to look forward to. If you are a gamer residing anywhere in the UK, you better get packing because the gaming event calendar is full of can’t-miss conventions and day events for you to check out. From mobile gaming to eSports competitions to conventions and game releases, you will find yourself with more entertainment this year. These are the events to highlight in your planner.
ESI London- 19/ 20 October
The worldwide Esports and video industry festival that began in London is back again this year in late October. ESI is a cannot-miss event if you’re involved in any part of the gaming industry at any level, be it as a gamer, a salesperson, or a developer. More than 700 delegates will come together in London this year, along with more than 50 top industry professionals hosting panels and talks on every aspect of the video game and esports industries. With over 30 counties represented, you can bet that some surprises will be in store, including sneak previews of games coming out over the next year. There are talks and visual presentations to attend and entertainment, brands, and exciting networking opportunities for industry professionals and those who want to get involved in esports.
London Blockchain Conference – 31 May to 2 June
Blockchain technology is making more and more of a permanent place for itself in the gaming world, whether through video game transactions or safeguarding the information of those who play online slots UK. Members of the online gaming and gambling industries can attend the conference at Queen Elizabeth 2 Center in London and learn about the latest developments in the field and how blockchain is being refined to remain one of the safest information-storing technologies the world has ever seen. Hear from the brightest minds in the business and learn about the most innovative technologies in the game.
Comic Con Manchester – 29/ 30 July
Comic-Con took little time to catch on worldwide, and the Manchester version of this beloved expo is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with. This instalment will be a weekend to remember for cosplayers, gamers, comic fans, anime lovers, and card players. There’s a star-studded lineup of appearances and speakers, including Twin Peaks legend Kyle MacLachlan, stars of the unusual superhero show The Boys, and Vikings actor Gustaf Skarsgard. Among these appearances and speakers will be epic cosplay competitions, vendors from all over the UK and further abroad offering coming, game, and movie tie-in merchandise, delicious foods, and lots of fellowships to be had.
EGR London Summit- October 25
Come to the County Hall in London this October to meet with other gaming operators, industry regulators, affiliates, and the e-gaming community for a day of learning how to create a safe gaming industry. This event is invite-only, so if you wish to attend, you must fill out the form on the EGR website.
Birmingham Anime & Gaming Convention – 26/ 27 August
If you are an anime or anime-based gaming fan, we suggest you travel to Birmingham in August this year. Not only can you meet the vice actors behind some of your favourite anime characters, but you can enter video game tournaments and challenges and find a few retro gaming booths set up for the casual gamer to while away a little time between events. There will be Japanese cultural, manga, anime, gaming, and comic vendors and exhibitions, live J-Pop performers, board game vendors, cosplay competitions, and anime dubbing stations that will make you cry with laughter. Go all out with your costume and bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and excitement.
Game Dev Heroes – July 11
Head down to Brighton this July for the Game Dev Here’s convention. This event pays homage to the creators of the games we love and seeks to honour those in the industry who stand head and shoulder above the rest. The often unsung heroes of the UK gaming world, the developers, support staff, and the like, come together at this convention every year to have their praises sung. Awards are handed out at the convention every year, with the shortlist being announced just before the convention takes place.
If you are involved in the gaming industry in any way, these are the events you need to highlight on your calendar for the rest of 2023. Remember to register and buy tickets online because these events have a maximum attendance capacity, and you do not want to miss out.