Ahead of London Games Festival 2019, we are catching up with the people organising the wide variety of events that make up the Festival Fringe.
Today, Bonus Stage founder Joe Bain tells us about this celebration and showcase of indie developers down at Dalston’s Loading Bar on Sunday, 7 April between 1pm and 8pm
Tell us a bit about your event.
Bonus Stage was set up to celebrate and showcase small and independent games developers from London and around the UK. I wanted to give a space in London Games Festival where up and coming devs could show their games freely in a cool relaxed setting. Bonus Stage is now in its 3rd year and going strong, we always get a great mix
of different developers and games coming along and it’s the perfect place for gamers looking to discover the next big thing, or just meet some developers and find out what makes them tick. We run it in a pub and it’s a really chilled out atmosphere, you can have a drink or two, and just have fun basically.
Who is this event for?
We get a lot of indie developers coming along, but it really is for anyone who’s into indie games and wants to see cool and unusual games that don’t always get shown at the bigger events.
Why should people come along?
If they want to discover the next big indie game, if they want to see stuff they won’t see anywhere else, if they like having a laugh and playing some weird experimental stuff too!
Why were you keen to be involved in London Games Festival?
I really like the inclusive nature of the festival, having lots of smaller events means there’s something for everyone, from little niche audience stuff to big bonanza events. We wanted to give a platform to smaller devs who don’t have big PR budgets or publishers supporting them and it’s great that they can have a space within the London Games Festival.
What games do you enjoy?
I like all sorts of games, but I play a lot of indie games as you might have guessed. I also love racing games, I have a soft spot for anything with four wheels.
Bonus Stage is taking place at Dalston’s Loading Bar on Sunday, 7 April between 1pm and 8pm. You can submit your game to the showcase here