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5 of the Most Popular Festivals Around the Globe You Have to Attend

While there are tons of great gaming events held in the USA, there are dozens of great events around the world. In fact, some of the most popular gaming events take place in Europe. Have you ever attended a gaming festival before?

You may need to rethink the events you want to attend this year and add a couple of others instead. In this post, we take a look at some of the most popular gaming festivals in the world that is well worth looking into.

Comic-con

Comic-con is as big a hit in the UK as it is in the USA. Here hardcore gamers and comic fans have the opportunity to get dressed as their favorite gaming and comic characters.

Dreamhack

This unique event travels from one country to the next. Here players go up against one another in a series of tournaments. Winners compete with players from around the globe.

Gamescom

Gamescom is arguably the biggest gaming event in the world and takes place in Germany. It’s a bit more relaxed and anyone will be able to have a good time while attending.

London film and comic convention

At this event, you’ll be lucky enough to walk around some of your favorite comic and movie characters. You’ll also be able to get the latest news and developments in the entertainment industry.

EGX

Known as one of the biggest gaming events in the UK EGX, or Eurogamer is an absolute must! Expect to get firsthand info on upcoming games before they are released at EGX.

And that’s all of them. Perhaps you’d rather get involved in some of the high-paced gaming tournaments? Have a look at some of them here. We’ve also shared some information on what to expect when attending a gaming event here. Happy travels, and have fun!

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Our 4 Tips on What to do and How to Act at a Gaming Event

So, you’ve never been to a gaming event, festival or conference before and you are not sure what to expect. You also don’t have the foggiest of what to do once you get there. While you are probably going to see what’s happening in the world of gaming, you could probably use some expert pointers.

In this post, we take a look at some handy tips that will ensure you have the time of your life when attending your first gaming event. Let’s get started!

Be Prepared

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Do some research before you go. Visit the official website and have a look at all the participants, the venue and other important details to be prepared.

Make Notes of the Agenda

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Perhaps you are only interested in a specific genre or talk. To ensure you know what’s happening when and where taking a look at the agenda and take note of all the details.

Try Out Some Games

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Once you are there, remember you should have fun and enjoy the opportunity to be there. It’s kind of expected of you to try out some of the new games on display, so go ahead!

Be a Participant

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If you are attending a conference or talk, be sure to participate and pose some questions. Remember, it can be a valuable learning opportunity for you too.

Not sure whether it is such a good idea to go after all? Here are four reasons why you absolutely must attend gaming events. Remember to enjoy yourself, and be mindful of other event-goers.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Gaming Events in 2019

Some people are just not interested in attending social gatherings or big events. While it can be a daunting experience, it leaves them feeling drained. In fact, many people just avoid going to any type of event or expo altogether.

In this post, we’ll provide some very valid reasons why you should get out of your shell and start attending some gaming events this year.

Be in the Know

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Attending gaming expos and events will bring you closer to breaking news in the industry. You’ll be able to see which company is releasing an update or a new game firsthand. It’s always easier to connect with the company and pose questions if you have any.

Counts as R&R

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Even those who are introverts can benefit from interacting with others at an event. Remember why you are there, take a deep breath and enjoy it. It’s a unique opportunity that allows you to relax and unwind while learning more about one of your greatest passions.

Great for Networking

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There is no better way than to connect with prospective employers or business partners than attending a conference or event. Attending such an event places you at the heart of things, and brings you in contact with peers and other industry professionals.

It Feeds Creativity

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You’ll be bombarded by a whole bunch of cool things at these events. Whether it’s an outstanding cosplay costume or the latest game, you’ll feel rejuvenated and inspired just by attending. Your creative juices will be stimulated as you are surrounded by creativity.

Ultimately, attending these events makes it much easier to connect with peers and like-minded people. You might just walk out of there with a new friend.

Now that you have some motivation to get out there and attend some events, you are probably wondering where to start. Here’s a list of some exciting gaming tournaments you should have a look at as a starting point.

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The Top 6 Gaming Tournaments in The World: You Have to Attend at Least One

Whether you are a hardcore gamer or not, everyone has to attend a gaming tournament at least once in their life. Not only is it a great way to make new friends and interact and socialize, but it’s also the perfect way to relax and have fun.

Can you think of any better way to escape from the realities of life than to go to a gaming tournament and just play your favorite game? While professional gaming can be very competitive, attending a gaming tournament can be just as fun as watching your favorite sports!

Here are some of the world’s biggest gaming tournaments that you have to attend, even if it’s only once in your lifetime.

Pokemon World Championships

Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise enjoys a diverse group of fans, from young kids to adults. At the annual Pokemon World Championship players gather from far and wide to go up against each other. Whether you play with cards or electronically, you’ll be having a blast.

League of Legends World Championships

You won’t be able to just walk in at the League of Legends World Championships and start playing. This tournament is only open for hardcore gamers. Teams have to compete in regional tournaments in order to get an official invitation to participate in this rewarding tournament.

Electronic Sports World Cup

The very first Electronic Sports World Cup took place in 2003 and mainly featured first-person shooter games. Since then the tournament has grown considerably, and gamers from all walks of life get to compete in a gaming genre they excel at.

EVO

Gamers from around the globe compete in regional tournaments to reach the end goal: EVO. EVO is a fighting game tournament which takes place annually in Las Vegas. It takes place over three days and features a total of nine different games that players get to compete in.

The International

The International is a tournament focusing on multi-player battling arenas. This one is quite grueling and calls for only hardcore gamers. There is a generous $10 million in prizes up for grabs to participating teams. People from all around the globe compete in this prestigious tournament.

International Classic Game Competition

Finally, we’ve got the International Classic Game Competition. This is where those who never gave up on retro and arcade games come to compete. There are two tournaments held during a year, and games to compete in is not announced until the tournament.

While the majority of these tournaments are highly competitive and can only be attended on an invite, most of them have other events taking place at the same time. You don’t have to be a competitive pro gamer to have fun either!

Perhaps you can tag along with one of your friends to see why gaming tournaments are so popular. You’ll be amazed at how much fun it can be!

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5 Awesome X-mas Gifts any Gamer Won’t Resist

We all dread Christmas shopping, coming up with gift lists, budgets and not to mention having to visit malls or shops. Luckily you can do most (if not all) of your Christmas shopping online nowadays. But that does not solve coming up with great gift ideas that everyone will love.

Buying the perfect gift for a hardcore gamer can also be a bit tricky. Now, if you are a gamer, you may want to forward this list to your SO and others who are buying gifts. If you are looking to buy something for a gamer you know, this list should feature at least one item he/she will absolutely love.

We’ve taken our pick of the very best out there, so you don’t have to sit with your head in your hands. You’re welcome!

Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2019

Who doesn’t love a bit of trivia that combos as serious motivation? If the gamer you know is serious about gaming and reaching ultimate high scores, the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is a great gift. They’ll enjoy being able to see what the next high score is to beat.

Sony PlayStation Classic Console

Nothing brings back good memories than an all-time classic piece of gaming equipment. Sony’s re-releasing the classic console just in time for Christmas. Imagine going back in time and reminiscing while using this bad boy to play one of your favorite games.

‘Breath of the Wild’ 2019 Calendar

If you are a Legend of Zelda fan, or you know someone who is, this is a great stocking filler gift! Everyone likes having a snazzy calendar at hand to mark off all the exciting events they want to attend, and what better way to do so than with this awesome Breath of the Wild calendar?

Poké Ball Waffle Maker

A nice thoughtful gift that is also a novelty will also work fine! If you love Pokemon, this waffle maker is a great addition to the kitchen. Imagine making Poke Ball waffles for breakfast, just because. Not the best option, but a novelty gift will always get a good laugh.

Arcade1Up 12-in-1 Arcade Cabinet

The perfect gift for the hardcore gamer who used to frequent the arcade halls back in the 1980s! He/she will be able to play their heart out on any of the 12 games on this retro machine that’s perfect for any entertainment space in the home.

As an added extra, be sure to check out some exciting gaming events and festivals to attend. If you are working during this Festive Season, you don’t have to worry about missing out. It can actually be better to go away on vacation out-of-season. Have a great Christmas, whatever you end up doing.

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Top 4 Gaming Events in Europe to Mark on Your Calendar

If you are planning a trip to Europe, and you happen to pass through the UK, you probably already have an itinerary in mind. Sights to see, landmarks to visit. But traveling in another country doesn’t have to be all about sightseeing and clubbing.

Europe is known for hosting some of the world’s best gaming events and conferences. It would be a shame if you miss out on an experience of a lifetime while you are there. We’ve found some of the events you simply cannot miss out on. See the list below and try to work at least one of them in during your trip to the UK.

Retro Games Fair

The Retro Games Fair is held in Leeds and showcases more than 130 tables of some of the best in retro gaming. If you are a sucker for some of the golden oldies, you’d better not miss out on this opportunity to buy your favorite classic retro game.

Cardiff Anime & Gaming Convention

From cosplay to tournaments and other fun activities, the Cardiff Anime & Gaming Convention is the place to be! There are also prizes up for grabs as you indulge in the wonderful world of anime and gaming at this must-attend event.

ICE

This expo is geared toward business professionals in the gaming industry. It sees businesses from more than 130 countries annually, making it the biggest gaming event in the world. If you want to mix business with pleasure as a gaming professional, this is a great event to attend.

VRTGO

Virtual Reality (VR) is the way of the future. This annual event and conferences cover just about every aspect related to the present and future state of virtual reality. If you, like us, thrive on everything related to entertainment including gaming, it’s not to be missed!

And that’s all of them! You probably won’t be able to attend all of them, but even attending one is still better than none at all! Be sure to check out some of the rad festivals taking place in Europe while you are busy drafting a fun-packed itinerary for your trip.

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5 Gaming Festivals in Europe that You Can’t-Miss Out On

Traveling broadens our horizons and allows us to experience other cultures. It also brings you closer to some exciting festivals and events you would otherwise not be able to attend. While there are lots to do and see in Europe, as an avid gamer, you’d probably want to think about getting your game on too.

Not to worry! We’ve got you covered with a list of the hottest gaming festivals taking place in Europe next year. Some of these festivals are known as the very best in the world and have representatives from more than 150 countries.

Start planning your trip properly before you miss out on the excitement. Grab your diary and start marking off the dates of these not-to-be-missed events!

Insomnia Gaming Festival

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The Insomnia Gaming festival is known as the biggest gaming festival in the UK. It started out as a PC only LAN event, with a mere 300 players attending in the first year. Today it features a wide variety of games and other activities to keep festival-goers entertained.

Paris Games Week

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Considered to be the second biggest gaming festival in the world, Paris Games Week attracts thousands of gamers and professionals annually. This year marks the event’s 9th anniversary, and you can expect loads of exciting new and old games to explore.

London Games Festival

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This festival runs for a total of 10 days and even includes an official Awards ceremony. From expos to conferences and tournaments, you’ll find it all right here. There are several venues, which means you’ll have time and variety on your side when attending this mammoth festival.

EGX Rezzed

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Another big festival that takes place in the UK’s capital is EGX Rezzed. Here you can attend interesting talks and conferences while discovering exciting new gaming releases too. Conferences and talks are hosted by some of the biggest names in the world of gaming and are a definite must-attend festival.

Play Expo Manchester

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Last but not least, we’ve got a gaming expo hosted in Manchester. It’s any serious gamer’s dream and has plenty of events within the festival to sink your teeth into. From cosplay to retro games, gaming tournaments and more, you’ll find it all at the Play Expo Manchester.

And that covers all of the exciting gaming festivals in Europe. We’d advise that you get your tickets for these events ahead of time, as tickets get sold out quite quickly. All of the events we’ve discussed here are top-rated and promises to blow your mind.

In other gaming news, two gaming companies have laid a feud to bed recently. What better way to start the new year than on the right foot? Besides, we just enjoy the incredible gaming experiences they have to offer, and would not want them to get sidetracked!

The team at Black Hills Celtic Events have rounded up the list of festivals and can highly recommend attending them. Whether you are a serious gamer, someone with an interest in the industry, or a professional, these festivals have something to offer everyone. All you need is a good attitude, your flight and accommodation bookings, and you are ready to go!