THE FESTIVAL FRINGE 2019
 

2 – 14 April

The London Games Festival Fringe is an exciting 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. The Fringe lineup this year includes tournaments, live games, developer talks, an exhibition, an international conference and more, all taking place in London during the festival dates (2-14 April 2019). Scroll down to find events and tickets.  
 Please see external websites for more information including age restrictions
Haiku Adventure

Haiku Adventure

An exhibition exploring the craft of games

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

26 February until 15 September. CLOSED ON MONDAYS

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Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games explores the intersection between traditional Japanese woodblock prints and videogames – two different mediums separated by centuries and yet linked by a common sensibility. Small Island Games present the development of their 'indie' title Haiku Adventure, juxtaposing its creative process with its artistic influence: the ukiyo-e prints of Edo-era Japan. This exhibition showcases original Japanese prints alongside an interactive game display and an overview of the development process, allowing visitors to experience a modern adaptation of an ancient craft.
Tabletop Tuesday

Tabletop Tuesday

Boardgames in a bar

Tues 2 & 9 April, Loading Bar, Dalston, 8pm

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Weekly boardgame event in the videogame themed Loading Bar, Dalston. A new feature game every week and you can win a copy of the game just by playing it! Tabletop Tuesday has been running for 6+ years: don't miss the two London Games Festival editions on 2 and 9 April.
Gamerdisco

Gamerdisco

Retro classics, indie favourites, the latest releases and big screen multiplayer gaming

Weds 3 April, Loading Bar Shepherd's Bush, 7pm

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Retro classics, indie favourites, the latest releases and big screen multiplayer gaming at GamerDisco's monthly night at Loading Shepherd's Bush. Expect tournaments and high score challenges with prizes, plus Loading's menu of delicious cocktails and wide selection of tabletop and board games, accompanied by a soundtrack of electronic music, chiptune, video game soundtracks, and assorted beats and bleeps. Free entry!
More Than Just A Game

More Than Just A Game

Academic-led conference on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law

4 & 5 April, One Birdcage Walk, 9.30am-6pm

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The 5th edition of More Than Just A Game, a unique international series of academic-led conferences on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law attracting researchers and legal professionals who are passionate about the most successful and fastest-growing of the Creative Industries.

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 Race

Afitar Virtual Race

A virtual race in Afitar for London Games Festival

2-14 April, wherever you are

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Afitar® is a fun London-made fitness puzzle game for smartphones. There is an Alien invasion landing in this upcoming "Match 3" puzzle game but with a twist. You must get fit & power up your Fitness Avatar to save the world!

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

VR in a Bar

5 April, Loading Bar Shepherd's Bush, 6pm-11pm

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VR in a bar was founded by Virtual Umbrella and The Loading Bar in 2014 as a fun, friendly alternative to corporate networking.

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-ama

Rumpus: Victoriana vs Future-ama

An indoor festival of music, mayhem, magic and mystery, incorporating interactive game experience

5-6 April, Electrowerks, Islington, 10pm-6am
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An indoor festival of music, mayhem, magic and mystery, incorporating interactive game experience, with actors, tasks and challenges, live bands, vjs and djs, all taking place over 3 floors and seven different rooms. We are one of London's longest standing favourite nights out.
Educational Game Jam

Educational Game Jam

Learn how to design educational video games with social impact

April 6-7, Platform, Shoreditch

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A unique weekend Game Jam where you’ll learn how to design educational video games with social impact.

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 Stage

Bonus Stage

Independent games showcase at Loading Bar Dalston

Sun 7 April, Loading Bar Dalston, 1pm-8pm

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The indie games showcase, Bonus Stage, is back for a third year as part of the London Games Festival Fringe. 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!
(Video) Game Changers

(Video) Game Changers

An exploration of classic games that changed the medium with BFI

Mon 8 April, BFI Reuben Library, 6.30pm-8pm

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In the BFI Reuben Library’s inaugural video game talk, the BFI’s Julia Brown, Stuart Burnside and Colm Seeley are joined by Lottie Bevan (Weather Factory) and Alexander Sliwinski (Bithell Games) to give a tour of their own personal “game changers” - titles that opened their eyes to new possibilities in the medium. Followed by a discussion and Q&A exploring what ties the panel’s choices together and the impact these games had on video game culture and beyond. Join us to discover some quantum leaps in game design from the past three decades, from independent classics with unique perspectives to blockbusters that broke new ground.
Lost In A Good Game

Lost In A Good Game

In conversation with Peter Etchells

Mon 8 April, Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 6.30pm

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Waterstones TCR welcomes Dr Pete Etchells to talk about his new book, Lost in a Good Game, and his fascinating research into the behavioural effects of playing video games, hosted by science journalist Alok Jha.
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 Living

Clean Living

A brand new live game

Tues 9 April, The Grove Atrium, Middlesex University, Hendon

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Clean Living is an interactive, team gaming experience that will put your strategy skills to the test as you battle to complete the five 'Escape the Room' style puzzles and uncover an underlying story of corruption and greed.

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 Livestream

War Child UK's RE-PLAY Livestream

Charity livestream raising money for children affected by conflict

Tune in April 9th at 4pm at twitch.tv/yogscast

War Child UK have partnered with The Yogscast and some special guests from the UK Comedy Scene to play some of our favourite childhood games and raise money for children affected by conflict. Tune in at April 9th at 4pm at twitch.tv/yogscast to get involved!
Ukie Hub Crawl: London

Ukie Hub Crawl: London

Get your games business investment ready

Tues 9 April, Ukie offices, 6pm-9pm

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The Ukie Hub Crawl helps games business get investment ready. A series of free events, located all around the UK, bringing games businesses together to learn about types of investment, with practical guidance on business planning, pitching and growth. Don't miss the London edition as part of London Games Festival Fringe.
Digital Schoolhouse eSports Grand Final

Digital Schoolhouse eSports Grand Final

10 April, Gfinity Arena, 10am-5pm

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Ukie's Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation®, delivers its annual esports tournament to schools & colleges across the UK. In this immersive careers education experience, students aged 12-18 years participate as players or fulfil professional esports roles crafted by the video games industry, for education.

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: laura@ukie.org.uk or call 0207 534 0592.
Autistica at the BFI

Autistica at the BFI

Exploring 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
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Why are video games so popular in the autistic community? How can the games industry support and attract autistic talent? How can we make games more inclusive for autistic gamers?

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 Modellers

Level UP - Character Modellers

For Character Modellers to learn, share knowledge and network

Thursday April 11th, Sports Interactive, Here East, 7pm
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An event open to all levels, from students to professionals to hear from an industry pro and network with drinks at the Sports Interactive offices. Christian Paskota, a Lead Character Artist on Total War: Arena at Creative Assembly will discuss his practices, followed by Q&A and an open bar.

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The Best Selling Game Awards

The Best Selling Game Awards

Awarding the best selling physical games in the UK over the past thirty years.

Thursday 11th April, Coutts, The Strand, 7-10pm
Free tickets

Join Ukie at the Best Selling Game Awards on the 11th April, where they'll be commemorating the best selling physical games in the UK over the past thirty years.
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+ Community

Levelling Up The LGBTQ+ Community

The launch of GAYMING Magazine

Thursday 11th April, Ukie Offices, 4pm-5pm

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GAYMING will be the go-to resource for the LGBT gamer community, providing news, reviews and stories about the video games world. It will be different to other video games magazines as it will look at the industry with a queer eye. Join the magazine’s founder Robin Gray (Gray Jones Media) for a brief talk about the need, the Magazine, and the opportunities for the industry. Followed by refreshments and networking.
Nerdlesque: Show Me Your Moves

Nerdlesque: Show Me Your Moves

Thursday 11 April, Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney
8.30pm, performances from 9pm
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Ready your players for an evening of video game themed burlesque, cabaret and interactive fun. Prepare to see more than 8-bits at the Bomberman striptease and don’t be surprised if you bump into a half naked, toad flinging Princess Peach.

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

DOWNLOAD Network & Chill

11 April, Platform, Shoreditch, 5.30-9.30pm
FREE TICKETS

Discover the new games venue in Shoreditch, Platform. Network and chill over some great games, good vibes, gourmet pizzas and drinks

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.

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Level Up Link Up

Level Up Link Up

A networking event open to all, helping to facilitate people of African and Caribbean heritage into games

Sat 13 April, Workers Dalston, 7-10pm
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Level Up Link Up is a networking event open to all, helping to facilitate people of African and Caribbean heritage into the video games industry. They're putting a spin on networking events as you know it while also making the industry a more diverse place, and giving you tangible tips on breaking into the games industry.

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 Page

Off The Page

Explore the overlap between literature and games at British Library

Knowledge Centre, the British Library
Sat 13 April, 11am-4.30pm
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Explore the overlap between literature and games.

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 Afterparty

The Super Super Mario Party Afterparty

The ultimate Mario themed party

13 April, Platform, Shoreditch, 12-11pm
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The mother of all themed Nintendo parties. The venue will become one giant Mario Party board as you play through a circuit of competitive Mario minigame madness! Fancy dress encouraged - themed accessories will be provided to get in the zone!

Featuring wood-fired pizzas, a fully stocked bar, and the amazing Platform hosts.

Tickets here - £7 + complimentary drink on arrival.

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