Digital interactive games is the fastest growing sector within the global entertainment market, and Melbourne is home to 47% of Australia’s digital games industry. Ranging from leading global companies to independent developers, is it little surprise Melbourne is home to some of Australia’s biggest gaming conferences. Melbourne International Games Week, happening between the 29th of October to the 7th of November, is Asia Pacific’s largest digital games celebration conference, featuring events and activities for those in the games industry, gaming enthusiasts and the general public. This year will see 6 new events added to the games week calendar, including new Virtual Reality and family-focused events.
Over 60,000 gaming fans will take part this year in key events across the city. From gaming conferences and consumer shows including:
- Unite Melbourne 2016
- Games Connect Asia Pacific
- GCAP: Loading
- Australian Game Developers’ Awards
- Education in Games Summit
- Games: A Family Affair
- Where in Melbourne is Carmen and Diego
- Game Changer: VR Festival
- And, of course, PAX Aus 2016!
Interstate and international visitors, as well as locals alike who are gearing up for PAX Australia (Nov. 4 – 6, 2016) should most definitely take the time to check out what is on offer at the Melbourne International Gaming Week. PAX Aus is Australia’s biggest gaming conference, and I can think of no better way to start it off than with a range of free and paid events being held in close proximity. The week will kick off with ‘Where in Melbourne is Carmen and Diego?’, a live interactive experience which brings the video game experience to life on the streets of Melbourne. Specially commissioned by Melbourne International Games Week, ‘Where in Melbourne is Carmen and Diego?’ is a satirical scavenger hunt and a lighthearted poke at Melbourne’s foibles and quirks.
Showing off Melbourne’s gaming talent in some of Melbourne’s biggest and best event venues, like the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (behind where PAX is being held), there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the amazing array of content on offer; and you might just see us there!
The official program for the Melbourne International Games Week can be found here.
PAX Australia 2016 will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from the 4th to the 6th of November. Tickets are still available on the PAX website, and for a chance at a free PAX Day Pass, be sure to check out our competition!