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GAMEFest vs Eurogamer Expo

Dominic Sacco
GAMEFest vs Eurogamer Expo

Forget Battlefield and CoD – the first real video game battle of the year takes place over the next week between GAME and Eurogamer. MCV has all the essential info.

There’s no denying it’s going to be a very busy ten-day period for the industry, but arguably one that provides publishers with a vital opportunity. A chance to get their big products in front of buyers in time for the Q4 games rush.

Editorial games website Eurogamer has been running its event for four years now, but with retailer GAME earlier this year announcing its first consumer show would run one week ahead of Eurogamer’s, it caused a few ripples.

GAME initially exclaimed about how much it likes being first, while Eurogamer quipped it was disappointed with the timing of the retailer’s event. 

Publishers were given the challenging decision of choosing to attend just one or both events, with firms like Activision opting for just one. In its case, Modern Warfare 3 making its UK consumer debut at GAMEFest.

But any drama surrounding the two shows has now died down, with many publishers promoting games at both events. Scuffles have been forgotten – replaced with a growing excitement. Consumers are about to get their hands on the biggest games of the year, heavily influencing their buying decisions for the months ahead, and publishers want to be there.

What kind of impact Eurogamer Expo and GAMEFest will have on the industry in years to come remains to be seen. 

For now, we’ve got all the essential information about each event listed below:

GAMEFest

Dates: Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th
Opening times: 10am to 6pm
Location: Birmingham NEC
Ticket price: £10 for adults, £5 for children

List of publishers exhibiting and games on show:

Microsoft

Gears of War 3
The Gunstringer
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Forza 4
Dance Central 2
Kinect Sports: Season Two

Sony

Resistance 3
Uncharted 3

Activision

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
GoldenEye Reloaded 007
Spider-Man: Edge of Time
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
X-Men Destiny
Generator Rex
Prototype 2

EA

Battlefield 3
Need for Speed: The Run
FIFA 12
Mass Effect 3
Star Wars: The Old Republic

THQ

Saints Row: The Third
WWE 12
uDraw

Disney

Disney Universe

Namco Bandai

Dark Souls
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Ben 10 Galactic Racing
Ridge Racer Unbounded
Inversion

Ubisoft

Rayman Origins
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Just Dance 3
WRC World Rally Championship 2011 (WRC 2)
Motionsports Adrenaline
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012
The Adventures of TinTin
Driver San Francisco
Assassin’s Creed Revelations

Sega

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Sonic Generations
Rise of Nightmares
The House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut

Capcom

Street Fighter X Tekken
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City
Dead Rising 2 Off the Record
Dragon’s Dogma
Asura’s Wrath

Konami

PES 2012
El Shaddai
Silent Hill Downpour
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Kid Icarus Uprising
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D
Mario Kart 7

Warner Bros

Batman: Arkham City
Harry Potter Years 5-7
Happy Feet Two
Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Bethesda

Rage
Prey 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Codemasters

F1 2011

Visit the GAMEFest website for more information.



Eurogamer Expo

Dates: Thursday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 25th
Opening times: 10am to 7pm
Location: Earls Court, London
Ticket price: £10 for full-day admission (11am to 7pm), £7.50 for afternoon admission (2pm to 7pm)

List of publishers exhibiting and games on show:

Namco Bandai

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (arcade)
Soul Calibur V
Ridge Racer Unbounded
Dark Souls
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Sega

The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut
Sonic Generations
Rise of Nightmares
Renegade Ops
Binary Domain 
• Anarchy Reigns

Ubisoft

World Rally Championship 2011 (WRC 2)
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Rayman Origins
Just Dance 3
Driver: San Francisco
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Ronimo Games

Awesomenauts

Warner Bros

Batman: Arkham City

EA

Battlefield 3
SSX
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Need for Speed: The Run
Mass Effect 3
FIFA 12

Microsoft

Gears of War 3
The Gunstringer
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Forza 4
Dance Central 2

Valve

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIII-2

NCsoft 

Guild Wars 2

Sony

Uncharted 3
Tekken Hybrid
Starhawk
Resistance 3
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
PS Vita
Journey

Nintendo

Super Mario 3D Land
Resident Evil: Revelations
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D
Mario Kart 7
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Kid Icarus: Uprising

Tecmo Koei

Ninja Gaiden 3

Konami

Silent Hill: Downpour

OnLive

Bethesda

Rage
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Capcom

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Street Fighter X Tekken

THQ

WWE 12
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
UFC Undisputed 3
Saints Row: The Third

Wargaming.net

World of Tanks

There is also developer sessions, an indie games arcade, social fan meets, cosplay sessions and more at the Expo. Visit the Eurogamer Expo website for more information.

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