Søren Lass' Comprehensive Guide to Game Festivals

“GDC is great, but sometimes people forget, that there are different opportunities”

 
That's how Søren Lass, former International Brand Manager at Ubisoft and Business Development Director at Hamburg-based dtp entertainment, began his talk at the latest Growing Games workshop. During the next 30 minutes, he would outline the many different game conventions and festivals coming up in the next 9 months, and the strengths and weaknesses of each event.

We have tried to systematize all the great information Lass gave out this day, to make it available to all the game developers in Denmark - also the ones, who were not able to attend the workshop.

Growing Games workshops are free of charge and open to all - you only need to register in advance.

What: China Joy (China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference)
Associated events: eSmart (hardware expo), China Game Developers Conference, China Digital Entertainment Congress, World Mobile Game Conference & Expo, Comic & Animation World Amazing Expo
Where: Shanghai
When: July 28th - 31st
Size: 250.000 Attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Mobile, casual, pc, online
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Show to public
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Market research

What: Gamescom
Associated events: GDC Europe, Respawn, Indie Arena, BIU.dev, Pitch & Match @ gamescom
Where: Cologne (Köln)
When: August 15th - 21st
Size: 350.000 attendees
Cost: Medium
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Console, pc, indie
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Show to public
  • Show to press
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Win award (Gamescon Award)

What: Game Scope
Associated events: NA
Where: Aalborg
When: August 25th - 28th
Size: 1.000 attendees
Cost: Low
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Local developers, eSports
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Local industry networking
  • Show to public
  • Industry networking
  • Investor deals

What: PAX West
Associated events: PAX Dev (August 31st - September 1st)
Where: Seattle
When: September 2nd - 5th
Size: 100.000+ attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Public, Industry (PAX Dev)
Focus: Console, pc, indie
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Show to public
  • Show to press
  • Industry networking
  • Industry networking (PAX Dev)
  • Win Award (PAX 10 - indie game only)

What: Pocketgamer Connect
Associated events: NA
Where: Helsinki
When: September 5th - 6th
Size: 2.000
Cost: Low
Open to: Industry
Focus: Mobile, Casual, Core
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking
  • Show to press
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals

What: Tokyo Game Show
Associated events: NA
Where: Tokyo
When: September 15th - 17th
Size: 270.000 Attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Console, mobile, casual
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Market research
  • Show to public
  • Show to press

What: Eurogamer Expo
Associated events: NA
Where: Birmingham
When: September 22nd - 25th
Size: 75.000 attendees
Cost: Low
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Console, pc, indie
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Show to public
  • Show to press
  • Industry networking

What: Sweden Game Conference
Associated events: NA
Where: Skövde
When: October 20th - 23st
Size: 1.000 Attendees
Cost: Low
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Indie, startups, academia
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Show to public
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals

What: Game Connection
Associated events: Paris Games Week
Where: Paris
When: October 26th - 28th
Size: 3.000 Attendees
Cost: Medium
Open to: Industry
Focus: Casual, pc, mobile, indie, console
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Win awards (Development Award)

What: Casual Connect
Associated events: Indie Prize
Where: Tel Aviv
When: November 1st - 3rd
Size: 10.000 Attendees
Cost: Medium
Open to: Industry
Focus: Mobile, casual
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Win award (Indie Prize)

What: Play16 -  Creative Video Gaming Festival
Associated events: NA
Where: Hamburg
When: November 2nd - 6th
Size: 2.000 Attendees
Cost: Low
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: Indie
Opportunities:

What: G-Star
Associated events: G-Star BTB
Where: Busan (Korea)
When: November 17th - 20th
Size: 80.000 attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Industry, Public
Focus: pc, online, mobile
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Show to public
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals (G-Star BTB)
  • Investor deals (G-Star BTB)
  • Market research

What: SLUSH
Associated events: NA
Where: Helsinki
When: November 30th - December 1st
Size: 15.000 attendees
Cost: Medium
Open to: Industry
Focus: Tech startups, mobile
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Investor deals
  • Networking (tech sector)

What: Casual Connect
Associated events: Indie Prize
Where: Berlin
When: February 7th - 9th  - 2017
Size: 10.000 Attendees
Cost: Low
Open to: Industry
Focus: Mobile, casual
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Win award (Indie Prize)

What: DICE
Associated events: NA
Where: Las Vegas
When: February 21st - 23rd - 2017
Size: 1.000 Attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Industry
Focus: Console, AAA, Innovation
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking (high level)
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals

What: GDC
Associated events: GDC Play, Game Connection, Independent Games Festival
Where: San Francisco
When: February 27th - March 3rd - 2017
Size: 26.000 attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Industry
Focus: Indie, Console, AAA, Mobile
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Show to public
  • Industry networking
  • Win Award (Game Developers Choice Award)
  • Show to press

What: Casual Connect
Associated events: Indie Prize
Where: Singapore
When: May 17th - 19th - 2017
Size: 10.000 Attendees
Cost: High
Open to: Industry
Focus: Mobile, casual
Opportunities:

  • Attend lectures / talks
  • Industry networking
  • Publisher deals
  • Investor deals
  • Market research
  • Win award (Indie Prize)