Hundreds of gaming-oriented events are happening every year. We had a blast following the 2018 calendar with some major gaming conventions, gamer gatherings, and esports events. We had many new game announcements, memorable esports moments and more. 2019 promises to be even more wild. To help you follow the industry’s set path, we’ve compiled a list that includes every major gaming event happening in the upcoming year. We hope you’ve saved some money to visit at least one…
Global Game Jam (January 25-27)
Only a few weeks away, this event promises to be one hell of a festival all over the globe. The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event spawning across multiple countries world-wide. The event is condensed into a 48-hour-long game development marathon which usually spawns at least a couple of ideas worth pursuing. While it’s heavily focused on programming, there are many other areas where people who don’t know the subtleties of coding can contribute to a game. To find the closest venue – visit the event page.
DreamHack Leipzig (February 15-17)
Every fan of esports knows the largest LAN party event series Dreamhack. This February the event will visit Germany and will host another 3-day gaming marathon. It will also feature tradicional esports competitions, DeamExpo, cosplay competitions and more. If you plan a trip to Germany, don’t miss your chance to visit this one.
GDC 2019 (March 18-22)
If you’re a developer, you know why you shouldn’t miss Game Developer Convention (GDC). GDC is the largest gathering of professional game developers in the World. Hundreds of game designers, programmers, artists, producers, and business professionals spend 5 days of unparalleled time educating each other and gathering inspiration to make even better games.
PAX East 2019 (March 28-31) and PAX West (August 30 – September 2)
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) was conceived in 2004 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik in hopes to attend the show where PC, console and tabletop gamers could gather and receive equal attention. Since then the event grew in scale and has been hailed as one of the biggest annual events for gamers in US. The event has 2 parts – one in Seattle and another in Boston.
London Games Festival 2019 (April 2-14)
London is spectacular in mid-spring. It’s even more spectacular for gamers since the annual London Games Festival takes place. 12 days of gaming related activities which include the Games Finance Market, EGX Rezzed, the Now Play This exhibition, BAFTA Games Awards, industry talks, cosplay parade and more! The festival is definitely worth a trip to the capital of UK.
Nordic Game 2019 (May 22-24)
The leading games conference in Europe is held annually in Malmö, Sweden. While this event is not directly aimed at gamers themselves, Nordic Game boasts as one of the biggest conferences dedicated to industry professionals.
E3 Expo 2019 (June 11-13)
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) doesn’t need any introduction. It’s a premier trade event in the gaming industry and the place where major gaming companies and publishers announce their future games. However, 2019 might be a bit different for E3 since for the first time in the show’s history (spawning from 1995 to this day), Sony will not be attending.
San Diego Comic-Con 2019 (July 18-21)
This is probably the oldest and biggest pop-culture event on our list. The very first event was
Gamescom 2019 (August 20-24)
Gamescom without a doubt is the largest gaming event in the world. In 2018 alone, the event gathered 370,000 visitors and 1037 exhibitors from 56 countries. It’s an event where game developers and publishers exhibit their upcoming games and hardware making it the perfect summer travel destination for any gaming fan.
Comic Con New York 2019 (October 3-6)
Similarly to its San Diego counterpart, The New York Comic Con is an annual fan convention dedicated to pop-culture. First organized in 2006 the event quickly grew in size and became the biggest and most exciting entertainment event throughout the East Coast.
This list will be updated as more events will announce their dates.