Games Industry Events in 2021
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Games Done Quick announced that Awesome Games Done Quick 2021, supporting Prevent Cancer Foundation, will take place entirely online January 3-10, 2021. Like Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online last month, the event will be broadcast on the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel from the GDQ studio, with speedrunners participating from the safety of their homes.
In 2021, the Ukie Hub Crawl event series is going virtual and will cover the entire life cycle of a games business; from incorporation, growing a team, middleware, running the studio, pitching to funders, getting PR exposure ? right through to eventually exiting a business.
Each Wednesday will see up to three different expert industry speakers give talks on that week's respective theme, followed by a panel of studios sharing their experiences.
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GameOn is Vancouver's local game development conference for aspiring developers, students, and gaming enthusiasts to learn and broaden their knowledge on the video game industry through a series of workshops and q&a panels with the gaming industry?s professionals. The conference focuses on industry workshops, Q&A panels, and live networking with professionals across the gaming industry.
From major ad ecosystem changes to the imminent arrival of the metaverse, the gaming world is flush with change that industry folk need to pay attention to.
Hosted digitally on January 26-27, 2021, join today's leaders in games for two days of content and networking surrounding the hottest topics, from major industry changes to the imminent arrival of the metaverse.
BIG Festival has rescheduled its full, physical event, which will now take place on January 27, 2021, through January 31, 2021, at the Frei Caneca Convention Center in São Paulo. BIG Festival brings with it, once again, its three valuable structural pillars — lectures from highly respected games industry professionals, face-to-face business meetings, and the expansive and fan-favorite consumer festival.
Taipei Game Show 2021 includes three main sectors: Asia Pacific Game Summit, B2B Zone and B2C Zone. B2B Zone is set to be an international business platform that offers matchmaking opportunities and fosters game industry professionals across the world to interact and exchange ideas. The synced forums - Asia Pacific Game Summit and INDIE SALON, will not only host physical events, but also provide online streaming service to bring international speakers and audience together and offer the latest game industry insights and trends. The competition within the show specifically designed for indie game developers - Indie Game Award, held its ceremony in the form of online streaming in this June, and has now begun accepting new submissions since this September. The organizer sincerely invites talented indie game developers around the globe to participate in the grand event.
Yorkshire Games Festival celebrates games culture, design and production with special guests, workshops, master classes, and fun-packed activities for gamers of all ages.
WN Winter 21 will stream lectures and live Q&A sessions full of insights to help take your business to the next level.
Meet EA, SEGA, Wargaming, Facebook, Nutaku, Snap, and 1,000+ game industry companies from all over the world through personal meetings and networking in chats.
Connect with speakers directly at live Q&A sessions and get your questions answered.
Find new games from around the world at the Dev Expo or show your own title to publishers, investors, and platforms.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is bringing the unparalleled networking and shared conversations of the D.I.C.E. Summit to virtual platforms with online talks and roundtables as a brand new recurring series called D.I.C.E. Conversations (#DICEConversations) starting in February 10th, 2021 at 9:30AM PT at http://www.diceconversation.org.
BlizzConline is an all-digital community event and exhibition of all things Blizzard, offering players around the globe a chance to connect in the online world while circumstances keep everyone from gathering in the real one. On two consecutive days and across six channels of programming, Blizzard developers will be sharing the latest game news with the world, and cosplayers, artists, and makeshift murlocs will be sharing their talents through events such as the Community Showcase.
In addition, as Blizzard celebrates its 30th anniversary this February, players everywhere will have a chance to mark three decades of exploring epic games and universes together as they look forward to what the future holds for their friends, guildmates, and allies.
At a time when so many people are moving online, we are turning to the Games industry for inspiration ? to ask how games are adapting and responding to the pandemic, and to explore what role they could play looking ahead.
Over 2 weeks we are getting together through a series of panel discussions, workshops, demos, live music performances, virtual play sessions and game jams with over 30 game designers, artists, musicians, researchers and others involved in games.
The festival is run on a donations-based model so it is free & accessible for anyone to attend, while paying the artists fairly.
A free event organised by Into Games -- you’ll hear directly from speakers at some of the UK’s most acclaimed studios, including Creative Assembly, Ubisoft, Tonic Games, Sumo Digital, Lucid Games, Team 17, Splash Damage and Sumo Digital.
If you are looking to join the games industry but aren’t sure about what your first steps might be after education, this is the event for you.
The devcom Call for Change Summit will offer two conference days with a strong focus on training, education and sharing with workshops, training program, panels and round-tables.
A free online celebration offering a unique look at past GDC highlights, interactive panels, forward looking sessions from industry leaders, and a sampling of what you can expect from upcoming GDC events.
Next year professionals and players alike have a wealth of activity to enjoy, the majority of it from home. This includes a brand new showcase of new games, some of which will be playable at home for free, broadcasts and streams from iconic London locations and a must-attend business track.
A select number of outdoor elements are also planned for LGF and will be fully unveiled in early 2021. These include a public exhibition celebrating Ensemble, the festival’s showcase of Black, Asian and marginalised ethnicity UK video games talent, plus events run by Now Play This, which returns to Somerset House at the end of March.
The Game Arts International Assembly is a stretched symposium for game art curators and game community organizers.
Nine sessions spread over two months. Free to one and all. And starting next week!
We’re really excited that this year reflects the international scope of game arts: 35 people from 21 countries across all the continents except one. (We’re not bitter, Antarctica: next year.) We’ve culled topics that we hope will be entry points for people curious about getting into the field and for those who have been contributing for years.
We know how hard it is, heading into a second year of a pandemic, so we’ve worked on making these things fun, and inspiring, and ultimately a way to connect with some of the most interesting, most playful people in the cultural sector: game arts folk
A new week dedicated to video games careers and education will take place between March 26th and April 2nd, 2021.
The event includes:
Gamers Careers Exhiition at National Video Games Museum (March 26th - April 1st)
An online careers exhibition for families in which children ask games developers about games careers and educational choices.
UKIE Student Conference (March 26th)
UKIE’s huge event for college and university students returns
Into Games Portfolio Pitstop (March 27th)
A day of free, essential portfolio advice and tips from dozens of industry professionals
Career Talks at the National Videogame Museum [March 27th - April 1st]
Livestreams by new Sumo Digital developers for young people and parents to ask questions about how to start games careers.
The Grads In Games Student Conference (March 29th)
A day of speakers from leading studios talking to students about the work they do
Grads In Games Education Fair (March 30th)
Dozens of universities that offer game development courses will be congregating at our education fair ready to talk with students
Grads In Games Career Connector (March 30th)
A new format of online careers fair for the games industry
Women in Games Career Pathways [March 31st - April 1st]: Developers from Women in Games’ pioneering ambassador programme will share their career pathways
Games Education Summit (March 31st - April 1st)
30 speakers from top studios and games universities gather to share state of the art tips
Grads In Games Awards (March 31st)
Recognising the people, studios and educators that have made a real impact
Tranzfuser Career Talks (all week)
Live chats for university students
Into Games Champions Sessions (all week)
12 industry champions will run talks througout the week
Search for a Star & d3t Rising Star 2021 (April 1st)
Check out the future stars of the games industry
A brand new indie developer event from the teams behind GamesIndustry.biz and EGX Rezzed.
Utilising a specially created Discord server and the MeetToMatch meeting system, this online event boasts an advanced 1-2-1 meeting functions, top tier speakers on all matters of game development, special roundtables, advice sessions, an indie showcase, special guests and a new awards ceremony: The Indie Publishing Awards.
Alongside our brand new digital event -- GI Live: Online -- we will debut a special awards event to celebrate excellence in publishing, investment and promotion of indie games.
The awards will cover investment, crowd-funding, PR and marketing, publishing generally, community management and storefronts, and we will also reveal the best unsigned game from the GI Live: Online showcase.
The event where we bring together some of the leading gaming studios in the Finnish market and some of the brightest talent in the gaming industry. Due to the current pandemic situation, we are organizing a two-day online event on 21-22 April that will include various opportunities to engage and mingle, all from the comfort of your own workspace.
LudoNarraCon is a digital convention celebrating narrative video games, hosted on Steam. An initiative of indie label Fellow Traveller, it aims to create a platform to showcase and celebrate interesting and innovative narrative games, replicating as many of the aspects and benefits of the physical convention experience as possible within a digital format.
GamesBeat Summit is the most intimate gaming event in the industry. Senior-level attendees return again and again knowing they?ll engage in genuine conversations, networking, and deal-making that come out of the Summit every year.
Bringing together industry leaders for the 12th annual executive summit, the GamesBeat team aims to support content surrounding inclusion, mental health, next-gen updates, and major industry changes post-IDFA. Join us online for two days of content and networking on April 28-29, 2021!
Livestream access is free and open to all levels of the gaming community. Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gamesbeat-summit-2021-tickets-141368808913?aff=gamesindustrybiz
BIG Festival, the biggest indie games festival and the most important B2B market in Latin America, is back next May 5 to 9, 2021/ It will be a 100% digital event, São Paulo, Brazil. BIG reaches an audience of game lovers and professionals in Latam that you can only find here.
DevGAMM Spring 2021 will be held online on May 12-14. The program includes professional speakers, reviews on game design, art, and marketing, as well as round tables and workshops.
Developers can take part in the Public Pitch games pitching, Virtual Showcase with online booths, Streaming Showcase where streamers playtest the games. Submit the game until April 15! DevGAMM Awards prize fund sponsored by tinyBuild and Xsolla is $20,000.
Take part in the presentation of 60 best indie games chosen for Indie Celebration competition. An event promoting the best indie games, which will be presented to the public on May 13-14 on Steam. Play and choose a winner in a public vote. See famous international streamers promoting indie games.
A business-focused event dedicated to game developers and VC funds and publishers will run alongside. The goal is to support game developers in these challenging times, and provide them with as optimum business opportunities by allowing them to present their games to international investors and publishers. More info at: https://digitaldragons.pl/business-meet-up/
Nordic Game returns online this spring and fall for two virtual editions of Nordic Game, beginning with NG21 on 26-28 May. As the leading games conference in Europe Nordic Game have a lot to offer. The event is filled with the best speakers from the global industry and our own Nordic heroes and offers an access to countless games industry professionals via conference's events. Nordic Game Discord channel hosts networking and social events, creating a cool opportunity to connect your peers and industry pros. NG21 also included the highly anticipated Nordic Game Awards and NGDC Season V finals, and more.
Shows based on video games will be showcased as part of this special week with Netflix. The Witcher, Cuphead, Resident Evil and more are all set to feature
Freeplay is the world's longest-running independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 2004, the festival embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots artists and game makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. For over 17 years, Freeplay has been exploring the vital margins of independent, alternative, and experimental games culture. The festival continues to champion artistic exploration and experimentation in games and play, and positions game making as arts practice.
Geoff Keighley hosts a show filled with game announcements, plus a performance from Weezer
Koch Media prepares some Summer Games Fest surprises
E3 2021 is embracing the future and showcasing the video game industry with an all-virtual event that will engage everyone, everywhere.
With live press conferences and a four-day long video stream, E3 2021’s virtual format gives you unprecedented access to the premier video game industry event. Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Capcom, Take-Two, Sega, Square Enix and more are all set for the event.
Ubisoft's digital conference goes live on Saturday June 12 at 12pm PT as part of E3 2021.
This 90-minute show will be packed with everything you want to know about the line-up coming out of Xbox's partnership with Bethesda, the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass, and more.
As part of E3, Nintendo will show 40 minutes of video games -- the majority of which are due this year.
Steam Next Fest: June 2021 Edition features hundreds of free playable demos from upcoming games across all genres.
It will also include livestreams and other opportunities to chat with developers participating from all around the world. Try their games during the event and let them know what you think.
A celebration of 30 years of the speedy blue hedgehog
: INDIGO is the leading game business and showcase event in the Netherlands. Organized annually by Dutch Game Garden. INDIGO consists of MeetToMatch, TALKS, and DISCOVER. Each of these tracks has a different focus and goal:
Find your perfect business partner through MeetToMatch with dozens of established publishers and investors participating. Get inspired by industry experts and like-minded game entrepreneurs during our quality TALKS conference, and explore the latest games by Dutch developers at DISCOVER!
INDIGO 2021 will be a hybrid event. Meaning that the entire event and it's content will be available both online as physical.
Hear from one of London’s leading games developers and its journey to carbon neutrality - and the steps it is taking to empower its players to join in.
Space Ape Games is a mobile games studio based in London with the mission of making the highest quality and most successful games on mobile. The company offsets 200% of its carbon footprint, reduced its footprint by 25% in 2019 and has pledged to reduce it further.
This session will:
- Demystify how a games studio goes about decarbonising
- Share Space Ape’s practical approach to understanding and addressing the carbon footprint of its studio and games
- Demonstrate how studios are empowering players in their own sustainability efforts
First Playable is Italy's leading international B2B gaming event. It offers two days of pitch & match sessions between Italian devs and international publishers, talks and seminars from a selection of guests, and hosts the Italian Video Game Awards ceremony.
The 2020 event was attended by more than 50 international publishers and investors, plus more than 70 Italian game development studios who clocked up a whopping 530 hours of business meetings.
The 2021 event will be a hybrid event: it will offer online meetings and a physical presence of the developers in Pisa for the IVGA.
The GamesIndustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards is the only event to celebrate employer excellence specifically for the video games industry.
The awards event has taken place in London for the UK market for the past four years, and on July 8th, 2021 will be coming to the US with an all-digital event featuring articles on major HR issues, such as challenges around COVID-19, inclusion and diversity.
Participation in the awards is strictly confidential (we will only reveal the winners), and those that don't make the final cut (and even those that do) can receive their employee scores in order to identify any areas of improvements. The awards are free to take part.
The seventh Pocket Gamer digital event opens its virtual doors once again for more talks, panels, careers, networking, indie pitches and more!
There are also a number of side events, some of which -- like the Investor Connector, Publisher SpeedMatch, and the Big Indie Pitch -- include complimentary tickets for a select few.
Games continue to be a powerful tool to inspire, connect, and change the world, supporting today’s most pressing challenges around social justice and civic issues, education, health and more– we’ve seen that tenfold over the past year. The 2020 Games for Change Festival connected almost 7,000 people from across 51 countries, and #G4C2021 will aim to connect even more.
Join our global community of developers, educators, students, researchers, and others to explore the past year in social impact games and immersive media.
More info including submissions portals and registration will be coming in December, so stay tuned to our social media channels and newsletters!
PAX Online East is everything you love about PAX including thought-provoking panels, exciting livestreams, new game demos, tournaments, and a community experience unlike any other all delivered to the comfort of your own home.
The event will also feature EGX Rezzed.
Returning once again as a digital event, GDC 2021 is a week-long celebration of the art, craft, and business of game development and represents a unique opportunity for developers to get up to speed on advances in the field.
A MAZE. / Berlin is the international festival focusing on arthouse games, independent games and playful media. For the full experience we invite globally spread and diverse game and VR creators, digital artists, musicians and other playful creatives who share in an inspiring 3,5 days programme of talks and workshops, knowledge bazaar the new wave of video games making. Including the 2nd A MAZE. Arthouse Games Market, which looks into co-production in games and commissioned works for other media and art-forms.
Electronic Arts are set to reveal more of its upcoming video games, expect FIFA, Madden, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Star Wars and much, much more
GGJ NEXT s an annual event operated by the Global Game Jam to serve younger people (12-17 years old) who are interested in learning the creation of video games.
In 2021 we are again focusing on running an online jam, supporting local jam leaders to run online workshops and events for their local communities from 26 July - 6 August. Similar to the primary GGJ event in January every year, GGJ NEXT is designed to stimulate collaboration and teamwork; it is not a competition.
Europe’s biggest game developer conference will once again offer a wide range of events and sessions for international game developers, game publishers and services providers.
A shortlist of 15 unreleased games will battle it out in an online live show, hosted by Mr Midas at London's Loading Bar. The winner will be decided by public vote, from the viewers watching live on Twitch, YouTube and social media. The winner of UK Game of the Show will then go on to the grand final of the Europlay contest on Thursday 26th August, and go head to head with the best unreleased games from across Europe and Australia
Gamescom 2021 will be 100% digital and free of charge for all. We can expect news and announcement, a revamped content hub, community activations and an Indie Area Booth.
The DevGAMM Moscow 2021 conference will include sessions in three halls from game industry experts, an expo zone with new games, company booths, three parties, a large quest, job offers from top companies and, most importantly, live networking. All possible security measures will be observed. At the moment, there are no exact restrictions that will take effect in September. But for now, all visitors to DevGAMM Moscow 2021 will need to confirm vaccination or negative PCR test using a QR code.
Join Digital Dragons Conference and and be a part of the key B2B event for the gamedev sector in this part of Europe. The two-day event is going to be full of great lectures, discussion panels, business opportunities, the best indie games, and an award gala.
The 2021 Game Devs of Color Expo (GDoCExpo) will be held online September 23-27. Now in its sixth year, Game Devs of Color Expo is dedicated to amplifying the creative power held by people of color in games. Every year since its successful freshman run in 2016, GDoCExpo has seen exponential growth, expanding into an energizing space for attendees to play the hottest upcoming games while learning from a series of exclusive talks by amazing speakers.
The African Creative Meeting is the meeting point for all African and international stakeholders in the sectors of the African creative economy. This event is unique and focuses on the talents and initiatives of the African creative industries, with a particular focus on video games, esport, animation and graphic arts.
Run in partnership with Barclays, this will give participants the chance to demonstrate their games virtually in front of a panel of experienced investors and industry experts, as well as an audience of wider industry players and potential backers, to help create connections for the up and coming developers that could lead to funding. Applications close on Friday, July 23.
The UK's huge celebration of video games returns to London in October. Featuring panels, playable games, signings, retro games, board games, indie games... and the GamesIndustry.biz Academy show. Plus lots, lots more
Esports BAR Cannes is a global event for leaders in the esports industry. Now in its fifth edition, it provides you with the perfect platform to do business, accelerate long-term partnerships and expand globally -- all over three insightful, productive and fun days on the French Riviera, with health and safety guidelines in place.
As a reflection of the rise in importance of esports as part of the entertainment industry, and as a special for this year, Esports BAR Cannes 2021 is being held alongside MIPCOM (October 11th - 14th), the world's leading entertainment content market.
Sweden Game Conference is Europe's leading conference for game development students and startups. With more than 1,000 participants, Sweden Game Conference is filled with inspiration for game developers regarding career, craft and 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 3,000 game dev professionals.
WePlay Expo, one of the few gaming culture festival in 2021 scheduled to physically take place in China. Weplay will feature art galleries, game competitions, board games and more. More than ten shows on the main stage will be packed into two days, including live music, speedruns, competitions, and special guest appearances.
The DevGAMM Fall 2021 program includes mind blowing keynote speakers' sessions, Virtual Showcase, DevGAMM Awards, Streaming Showcase and more. In addition, the hottest job offers from the leading gaming companies will be available on the Career Wall. Everyone can also enjoy chatting with colleagues during Random Networking and parties.