2 – 14 April
Haiku AdventureAn exhibition exploring the craft of games
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow
26 February until 15 September. CLOSED ON MONDAYS
Tabletop TuesdayBoardgames in a bar
Tues 2 & 9 April, Loading Bar, Dalston, 8pm
GamerdiscoRetro classics, indie favourites, the latest releases and big screen multiplayer gaming
Weds 3 April, Loading Bar Shepherd's Bush, 7pm
More Than Just A GameAcademic-led conference on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law
4 & 5 April, One Birdcage Walk, 9.30am-6pm
the law conference is dedicated to the role that games and interactive entertainment play in society and their profound impact on human interactions and in our democracy. Leading international academics, practitioners, in-house counsels and industry experts will engage in dialogues regarding the most crucial legal features of the social contract of the modern Homo Ludens and address the fundamental question of how the rules of the games and the legal structures of the ‘real world’ interact with one another. The deeper theme will be how we can use our experiences as video game scholars and lawyers in understanding the intensive gamification of modern society, and to help create better societies.
Afitar Virtual RaceA virtual race in Afitar for London Games Festival
2-14 April, wherever you are
For the London Games Festival 2019, Afitar® is hosting a Virtual Race which is open to anyone to participate. Just download the App and track your walks or runs from anywhere to win some great prizes.
VR in a Bar
5 April, Loading Bar Shepherd's Bush, 6pm-11pm
The idea? It’s simple. Take all the jaw-dropping immersive tech from formal VR conferences. Put it in a bar near you. Invite the very best and brightest from the world of virtual reality. Aaaaaaaand mix.
Perfect for VR fans and the not yet converted.
Rumpus: Victoriana vs Future-amaAn indoor festival of music, mayhem, magic and mystery, incorporating interactive game experience
5-6 April, Electrowerks, Islington, 10pm-6am
Educational Game JamLearn how to design educational video games with social impact
April 6-7, Platform, Shoreditch
Sign up here
Taking place at Platform, a new gaming and esports venue between Shoreditch and the City, you’ll be designing games that raise awareness of gender equality issues, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Free to join, just sign up.
Bonus StageIndependent games showcase at Loading Bar Dalston
Sun 7 April, Loading Bar Dalston, 1pm-8pm
Submit your game
(Video) Game ChangersAn exploration of classic games that changed the medium with BFI
Mon 8 April, BFI Reuben Library, 6.30pm-8pm
Lost In A Good GameIn conversation with Peter Etchells
Mon 8 April, Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 6.30pm
When Pete Etchells was 14, his father died from motor neurone disease. In order to cope, he immersed himself in a virtual world - first as an escape, but later to try to understand what had happened.
Etchells is now a researcher into the psychological effects of video games, and was co-author on a recent paper explaining why WHO plans to classify `game addiction' as a danger to public health are based on bad science and (he thinks) are a bad idea.
In this, his first book, he journeys through the history and development of video games - from Turing's chess machine to mass multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft- via scientific study, to investigate the highs and lows of playing and get to the bottom of our relationship with games - why we do it, and what they really mean to us.
Clean LivingA brand new live game
In a not so distant future, in which we have exhausted all our energy reserves, how far will the rich and powerful go to protect the comfortable life we are accustomed to and who will pay the price? Become fully immersed in the world of Clean Living as you follow Annie and the growth of the resistance through the dark business that took over the UK, and can you live with what you find?
War Child UK's RE-PLAY LivestreamCharity livestream raising money for children affected by conflict
Tune in April 9th at 4pm at twitch.tv/yogscast
Ukie Hub Crawl: LondonGet your games business investment ready
Tues 9 April, Ukie offices, 6pm-9pm
Digital Schoolhouse eSports Grand Final
10 April, Gfinity Arena, 10am-5pm
Having battled it out in the Regional Qualifiers throughout March, 8 teams will compete in the Grand Final for the title of UK Esports Champions 2019.
for more information please get in touch with Laura: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 534 0592.
Autistica at the BFIExploring autism research and the autistic communy's links with games
Thursday 11 April, Blue Room @ BFI Southbank
2pm-4.30pm, networking drinks 5-6.30pm
Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research charity, will be discussing these topics and more at the BFI Southbank on the 11th of April, during World Autism Awareness Month. Hear research insights on the link between autism and video games with first-hand accounts from autistic gamers and developers during a panel discussion. This event will be inclusive and accessible.
Level UP - Character ModellersFor Character Modellers to learn, share knowledge and network
Thursday April 11th, Sports Interactive, Here East, 7pm
More info and register
The Best Selling Game AwardsAwarding the best selling physical games in the UK over the past thirty years.
Thursday 11th April, Coutts, The Strand, 7-10pm
These special awards will be given to international publishers who have released video games that have sold over a million copies on a single platform, as well as UK developers who have sold over 600,000 copies of a single game too. Part of Ukie's 30 Years of Play celebrations.
Levelling Up The LGBTQ+ CommunityThe launch of GAYMING Magazine
Thursday 11th April, Ukie Offices, 4pm-5pm
Nerdlesque: Show Me Your Moves
Thursday 11 April, Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney
8.30pm, performances from 9pm
This interactive cabaret blurs the lines between video games and reality: Jump into a ball pit, use remote control cars, throw life-size food props into a cooking pot... Joypad have recreated some of the best video games IRL for you to take part in, the best players WIN PRIZES!
Before the show starts get your hands on some classic retro consoles from Nintendo, Sega, Playstation and Xbox provided by Joypad.
DOWNLOAD Network & Chill
11 April, Platform, Shoreditch, 5.30-9.30pm
Entrance will be ticketed but free, and gaming booths will all be available on a first come first served basis all night. Come and hang out with the Platform crew in their new space!
Free tickets here.
Level Up Link UpA networking event open to all, helping to facilitate people of African and Caribbean heritage into games
Sat 13 April, Workers Dalston, 7-10pm
Hear inspirational games founder Nareice Wint talk all things indie dev and get a hands-on look at her projects Switchblade and Pandora. Bring your business cards and ready your thumbs! Games such as Smash Bros and Mario Kart will be available - amongst others!
Off The PageExplore the overlap between literature and games at British Library
Knowledge Centre, the British Library
Sat 13 April, 11am-4.30pm
As the boundaries between art forms blur, how do games and literature interact? How are the fictional worlds of our favourite novels and plays represented in games and what do games bring to the written word in return?
Come along to hear talks about videogame adaptations of literature, interactive digital biographical works and game poetry.
In partnership with Game Rats and part of the London Games Festival Fringe.
Image: from narrative game Fragments of Him by Sassybot
The Super Super Mario Party AfterpartyThe ultimate Mario themed party
13 April, Platform, Shoreditch, 12-11pm
Featuring wood-fired pizzas, a fully stocked bar, and the amazing Platform hosts.
Tickets here - £7 + complimentary drink on arrival.