Australians (Melbournians especially) rejoice! After recently hosting the Esports Open, Melbourne is full steam ahead for the rest of the year with events and public videogame-oriented programs!
Melbourne council has expressed many times how invested they are in the electronic creative industry and it looks like they are putting money where their mouth is. Check below for what is upcoming, including PAX Aus!
Melbourne International Games Week (or MIGW), is the biggest games festival in the Asia Pacific, and today they announced the 2018 program which is the largest to date. Taking place from 20–28 October at locations throughout Melbourne’s CBD, MIGW brings local, national, and international games talent together for one week of creativity, networking, business/industry development, and more importantly play.
Melbourne is the natural home for Australia’s largest games festival. Victoria’s games industry comprises more than 130 companies and 800 employees. The state accounts for more than half of Australia’s total games industry income, currently worth $2.2 billion and predicted to grow to $3.3 billion by 2020. MIGW is comprised on the following!
- MIGW 2018 sees the return of massive consumer expo PAX Aus, the only PAX event held outside of the USA
- Game Connect Asia Pacific, Australia’s premier games development conference which brings over 1000 games industry representatives to Melbourne,
- The Australian Game Developers Awards.
- The inaugural Melbourne Queer Games Festival celebrates diversity through its showcase of games.
- The first eSports Conference will bring together industry leaders for an in-depth discussion around regulation and growth
- High Score conference will explore the intersection between games and music.
For those just starting in the industry, a plethora of opportunities can be explored such as Global Top Round, while PAX Rising and the MIGW student showcase will introduce the next generation of rising stars.
- Unite Melbourne, the Film Victoria Annual Games Lunch
- Parallels: Freeplay Showcase 2018, exploring the alternative side of Melbourne’s games development scene
- YouTube Kids Creator Day
- Education in Games Summit.
So that is a lot! Whether you are in the industry or just a gamer in general there seems to be literally something for everyone.
For the full line-up and information on all the events visit the MIGW website.