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Guide to the London Games Festival

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The London Games Festival kicks off today and runs until April 10th.

There are 32 events set to take place across nine days, with over 500 games to be shown. There are two sets of events – official ones such as BAFTA and Rezzed, and ‘fringe' events, which includes the Videogamer Awards.

Here is a run-down of what to expect:

FRIDAY, APRIL 1st

NOW PLAY THIS

Friday, April 1st to Sunday,

April 3rd

Somerset House, Strand,

London, WC2R 1LA

Featuring experimental digital games, physical installations, illustrations, books, board games, games for mobile devices and more.

(FRINGE) RUMPUS: PICK YOUR OWN MISADVENTURE

Friday, 1 April, 10pm – 6am

Islington Metal Works

This party features seven rooms crammed with circus, live bands, DJs, art and performances.

SATURDAY, April 2nd

MONOPOLY AT THE SQUARE

Saturday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 3rd

Trafalgar Square

A 15 meter square Monopoly boards comes to Trafalgar Square, and it's been customised to tell the history of video games in the UK.

(Fringe) THE GAMES EUROPE PLAYS

Saturday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 10th 11am – 5pm

The Finnish Institute

Featuring independent games from across Europe that focuses on children's games looking at learning through play.

(Fringe) RADIUS NIGHTS

Saturday, April 2nd, 6pm

Loading Bar, Stratford

A live show format that explores ‘everything games' with a panel of industry leaders.

(Fringe) LATE SHIFT

Saturday, April 2nd, 6pm

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

An interactive movie where the audience decides what the protagonist does via their phone.


SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd

(Fringe) THE LONDON GAMING MARKET

Saturday, April 3rd

11am – 4pm

Royal National Hotel,
Russell Square

The London Gaming Market features vendors selling video games, board games and related merchandise.

MONDAY, APRIL 4th

LGF @ BFI

Monday, April 4th, 10am – 6pm

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT

A series of talks and summits including the Games Audio Summit, UK Games Showcase, Virtual Reality Summit, The Art of Videogames: The Chinese Room and there will also be a demo area.

(Fringe) UKIE STUDENT GAME JAM

Monday, April 4th - Tuesday, April 5th

Nationwide

UKIE's student members at 15 universities and colleges go head-to-head.

TOURNAMENTS @ MELTDOWN

Monday, April 4th – Friday, April 8th

Meltdown Bar

The bar will feature a Smash Bros tournament on Monday, DOTA 2 contest on Tuesday, Hearthstone on Wednesday, Street Fighter V on Thursday and League of Legends on Friday.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5th

GAMES FINANCE SUMMIT

Tuesday, April 5th, 10am - 3pm

Grange City Hotel, 8-14 Cooper's Row, London EC3N 2BQ

A summit on games funding. This event is invite-only.

(Fringe) SENSIBLE STRIKER PRO

Tuesday, April 5th, 7pm

Six Yard Box, Elephant & Castle

A celebration of the best ‘90s football games. Take part in the Sensible Soccer, Striker and ISS Pro tournaments.

(Fringe) {code}AOKE

Tuesday, 5 April, 6.30pm

BrewDog, Shoreditch

Imagine a karaoke night, but instead of singing, developers take to the mic to share ideas, code, or ask for help.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6th

GAMES FINANCE MARKET

Wednesday, April 6th – Thursday, April 7th

Grange City Hotel, 8-14 Cooper's Row, London, EC3N 2BQ

A private event that connects handpicked games business with potential investors.

ESPORTS SUMMIT

Wednesday, April 6th, 11.30am

Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A three-hour summit that looks at the treatment of players and opportunities for companies.

(Fringe) UKIE: PROTECTING IP FROM DIGITAL THREATS

Wednesday, April 6th, 9.30am

UKIE, 21-27 Lamb's
Conduit Street

Sheridans, NetNames, Level3 and the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit discuss IP infringement.

(Fringe) THE VIDEOGAMER AWARDS

Wednesday, April 6th, 4pm

The Soho Theatre

A comedy awards event that celebrates the funniest, stupidest and, maybe, the best of the past year.

(Fringe) ROCKET JUMP EVENTS – LONDON

Wednesday, April 6th, 5pm

UKIE, 21-27 Lamb's
Conduit Street

A series of talks from highly successful games industry professionals on boosting your studio and career.

(Fringe) UNDERSTANDING VIRTUAL REALITY: A GUARDIAN MASTERCLASS WITH DAVE RANYARD

Wednesday, April 6th, 7pm

Goldsmiths, University of London

A lecture from Dave Ranyard, VR developer and former studio head of Sony London.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7th

EGX REZZED

Thursday, April 7th – Saturday, April 9th

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping London E1W 2SF

160 playable games are expected, with independent developers showcasing their latest projects alongside projects from major publishers.

BRITISH ACADEMY GAMES AWARDS

Thursday, April 7th

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping London, E1W 2SF

The British Academy Games Awards is BAFTA's annual celebration of excellence.

(Fringe) GAME ON SUTTON

Thursday, April 7th, 10am – 5pm

St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton

Learn how to make games, presented by Carshalton College Computing and Creative Industries Centre.

(Fringe) SHOW ME THE MONEY! THE CHALLENGES OF RAISING CAPITAL IN THE GAMES INDUSTRY

Thursday, April 7th, 5pm

10 Queen Street Place

Join Bates Wells Braithwaite for an interactive discussion that considers the current fundraising scene in games.

EAST VS WEST LONDON: MARIO KART TOURNAMENT

Thursday, April 7th, 6:30pm

Unity Creative Agency, Clerkenwell

Blueprint: Film and Unity present a one-night-only Mario Kart 8 tournament.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8th

GAMES CULTURE SUMMIT

Friday, April 8th, 10am

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Leading cultural institutions and exhibitors will share their experiences of archiving British video game culture.

(Fringe) MORE THAN JUST A GAME: INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND IP LAW

Friday, April 8th, 2pm

Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, University of London

This invitation-only seminar will provide a platform for academics, practitioners, developers and publishers to discuss IP issues.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9th

(Fringe) MARIO! THE MUSICAL

Saturday, April 9th, 7.30pm

Stratford Circus

The show features original songs based on classic Nintendo tunes.

#SUPERWAREHOUSE

Saturday, April 9th

8pm – 1am

Shoreditch Studios

Joypad and VICE Gaming present the EGX Rezzed afterparty.

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