THE FESTIVAL FRINGE 2019
 

2 – 14 April

The London Games Festival Fringe is an exciting and diverse array of independently organised events that take place during the London Games Festival. Join us for a huge celebration of games in the capital city.

We are now welcoming applications from games-related events taking place within London during the festival dates (2-14 April 2019).

In previous years Fringe events have included tournaments, live shows, standup comedy, developer meetups, major exhibitions, international conferences, game jams and more. We welcome events of all sizes from small indie events to major industry-facing content. Scroll down to see last year's events from April 2018.

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LAST YEAR'S EVENTS

Power UP

Power UP

Playable exhibition for all ages at Science Museum

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It’s time to get your game face on. Science Museum are filling a whole room with 180 consoles so you can play your way through 40 years of gaming history. This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.

And for grown-up gamers, 18+ evening sessions means you can drop in after work, grab a beer and play retro favourites including Pong and Space Invaders, or challenge your friends with multiplayer Mario Kart or Halo 3. Power UP also has the latest VR from PlayStation and sections celebrating Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. 18+ evening sessions: Wednesday 4 April, Thursday 5 April and Thursday 12 April 2018.
More Than Just A Game

More Than Just A Game

Annual conference on games and the law

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The IV edition of More Than Just a Game (MTJG) will focus on the impact of Artificial Intelligence and Immersive Technologies on Interactive Entertainment and our Culture, Identities and Freedoms. During the two days of the conference, leading international academics, publishers, lawyers, industry experts and policymakers will discuss a wide range of legal and regulatory topics, including Intellectual Property Law, Technology, Content & Communities Regulation, Data Protection and Privacy, E-sports and Streaming, Monetisation Regulation and Loot Boxes. This year’s conference will take place in the Ironmongers Hall which is set in the heart of the City of London.
Rumpus

Rumpus

A multistorey live game/rave at Islington Metalworks

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Rumpus: Fools, Ghouls and Jewels is an indoor festival of epic proportions: over 7 rooms of live music, DJs, games, interactive characters, circus artists, and a crowd that will dress up and party like no other. A multi-storey, multi-story interactive non-linear live game which starts with you picking a team: will you be Fool, Ghoul or Jewel?

The game weaves through these rooms supported by living avatars and players who interact seamlessly as the clues and tasks provide a quest through the labyrinth of the building. Players can take time out and revel in all the wonders that Rumpus brings and then dip back into the game at will. LGF has 50 secret discounted tickets for this wildly popular cult event, so grab yours now!
Twickenham Studios Tour

Twickenham Studios Tour

A tour of the facilities for games studios

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Twickenham Studios will open its doors and showcase its facilities to the games community with the intention of exploring the potential of working together.

Join them for drinks in the rooftop bar, followed by a tour of their shooting stages and post production department. Meet the award-winning audio team and see how they create imaginative and innovative soundscapes and be immersed in a Dolby Atmos mix demo. Twickenham Studios' credits include some of the most iconic film and TV shows of all time, including; The Italian Job, Blade Runner, Baby Driver and Black Mirror. -PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED-
Afitar® Virtual Race

Afitar® Virtual Race

Nationwide virtual fitness app race

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Afitar® is a new fitness game for the mobile phone. There is an Alien invasion landing in this upcoming "Match 3" puzzle game but with a twist: you must get fit and power up your Fitness Avatar to save the world. For the London Games Festival, Afitar® Virtual Race is open to anyone to participate. All you need is to download the App and track your 5K /10K walks and runs from anywhere. For more details and to sign up, visit www.afitar.com/LGF. Lots of prizes to be won and it will be for a good cause too!
Jam For Change

Jam For Change

A Game Jam for Women's Aid

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A friendly game jam from DevSpace, in partnership with Women's Aid.

Jam For Change is the first in a (hopefully!) ongoing series of deliberately inclusive game jams to raise money for good causes. Aimed at developers and creatives of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. The organisers plan to create a set of works which they can then sell to support the ongoing work of Women's Aid.

Come make nice games with nice people. If for one moment you're not enjoying yourself, the organizers will personally put on some silly hats, free of charge. Sat, 7 Apr 2018, 10:00 – Sun, 8 Apr 2018, 17:00 UTC
Dark Room

Dark Room

Iconic live action game standup

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The Dark Room - A special for GamesAid in partnership with the BFI Certification Unit. The cult hit touring the world since 2012, THE DARK ROOM is the world’s first live-action text-based adventure game! It’s award-winning stand-up comedy wedded to retro video games and fused into a deranged rock n’ roll game show where the audience play as contestants.

And you’d best believe at this special, one-off show, it’s going to roast the games industry. The rules are simple: 1 – Options appear on the screen. 2 – Audience calls out the option they want. 3 – You’re either right, or dead. 4 – In the end, everybody plays.

After its killer 2016 session for GamesAid The Dark Room is delighted to return to support this tremendous charity. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm.
Ukie Student Conference South

Ukie Student Conference South

The annual student conference for Ukie members

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Ukie’s annual Student Conference South returns to London, as part of the 2018 London Games Festival. The sixth Ukie Student Conference will be held at London South Bank University on and will feature a day of inspiring talks and exclusive workshops for over 200 students from Ukie’s Student Membership programme.
Alt.Ctrl.Party

Alt.Ctrl.Party

A late night party with experimental games

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alt.ctrl.party comes to London! Play with new and strange experimental hardware games in the brand new Loading Bar branch 'Server' in West London. Entry free from 7pm til late.
Brexit and the Games Industry

Brexit and the Games Industry

Talks examining how Brexit impacts games

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The ongoing negotiations on what the end result of Brexit is going to look like can be intimidating, particularly for less traditional industries like games. If you want to get ahead on what Brexit will mean for your business, attend this lunchtime event. With DLA Piper's Brexit Director Paul Hardy, as well as representatives from industry and Ukie, this event aims to demystify key Brexit issues including how to mitigate risks; understanding transitional arrangements and future trade deals; implications for bi-lateral workers rights and inter-company transfers.
Board Game Club

Board Game Club

Board games for grown ups with a bar

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Board Game Club is a grown-up games night for big kids aged 18+ to enjoy. Play a selection of often silly, always social board games along with drinks and nibbles from 6pm.

The carefully-curated menu of games includes a mix of the very latest Euro-style games alongside some classic tabletop treasures. Try your hand at the latest word, trivia and party games from independent designers as well as the big brands.
The GamesIndustry.biz 100: Future Talent

The GamesIndustry.biz 100: Future Talent

Networking event for industry professionals

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The GamesIndustry 100: Future Talent will reveal the 100 rising stars of the UK games industry, as voted for by some of the most influential names in the business. To celebrate, GamesIndustry.biz is hosting a drinks mixer at EGX Rezzed on Friday. The 100 will all be invited for free, and if you’re interested in attending and meeting them, contact chris.dring@gamesindustry.biz. The project is sponsored by Amiqus.
Rocket League at the Library

Rocket League at the Library

A tournament for ages 9-16 at Church St Library

Are you aged between 9 and 16? Ready to dominate on the virtual pitch? Then grab a friend and sign up for the 2v2 Rocket League PS4 tournament at Church Street Library! The event is FREE and there will be prizes on the day. Contact the library on 020 7641 6200 or churchstreetlibrary@westminster.gov.uk to book your team’s place.
Bonus Stage

Bonus Stage

A showcase of new indie games

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Back for a second year as part of the London Games Festival Fringe, Bonus Stage is an all-day fiesta and celebration of all things indie game. The bar is home to a regular co-working space for indie game developers, and Bonus Stage has invited friends from around London, and nearby, to show the world what they have been working on. Come and play the most interesting, unique and fun games in town. You can meet the developers, beat them at their own game, have a drink and discover the next big thing.
London Gaming Market

London Gaming Market

Stalls selling retro games, merch and more

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The London Gaming Market focuses on video games, board games and related merchandise - whether it’s classic games, consoles, gaming merchandise, electronic games, board game, card games or even custom made artwork, you’ll be sure to find it at the London Gaming Market. Open from 11am until 4pm.
SNES Gaming Lounge

SNES Gaming Lounge

Classic games tournament at ACE Hotel Shoreditch

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Come and enjoy the final day of London Games Festival in the ACE Hotel Lobby. ACE Hotel will be offering a £100 Lobby Bar tab to the players who rack up the most wins on Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting and F-Zero on SNES Mini. Entry is FREE with RSVP.
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