Ahead of London Games Festival, Games London is speaking to some of the creators behind this year’s line-up of exciting and eclectic events.
Culture Engineer at Ace Hotel London Tas Elias tells us about the upcoming Ace London vs Ace Pittsburgh battle on NBA Jam.
Tell us a bit about your event.
NBA Jam is a classic video game that lots of the Cultural Engineers in the various Ace Hotels remember with fond memories so we decided to host some transatlantic tournaments to find out which city could legitimately say they’re the best. The first match-up coincides with the London Games Festival and sees Ace London and Ace Pittsburgh go up against each other in a knockout-style tournament. Anyone can enter for either team with the overall winner receiving a trophy and a special one-of-a-kind personalised basketball jersey created by the Ace Hotel in-house design team after the tournament. Participants on the London team will be asked to donate to Sports for Schools on the day, a brilliant UK-based social enterprise that provides local schools with PE lessons from Team GB members. The consoles that both teams will use are the discontinued Google Nexus Players (lovingly donated to the London team by Google Play), which offer the most recent version of the game. The same version is available on Android phones for those that want to get some practice in.
Who is this event for?
This event is open to all. Anyone that enjoys video games or basketball should come along. The amazing Castle Magazine who publish a modern mag for people who treasure video games will be attending as will some members of a Kilburn-based basketball team.
Why should people come along?
The NBA has been going for over 70 years, whereas the BBL has only been going for 30 so this is a great opportunity to beat them at their own game and claim eternal bragging rights. Plus there will be screens to practice on before you go up against Pittsburgh, music from some of our favourite DJs all day and food and drink available.
Why were you keen to be involved in London Games Festival?
This is the first video games tournament we’ve held and the timing was perfect for LGF. Hopefully we’ll be holding lots more throughout the year.
What games do you enjoy?
I love a classic game. NBA Jam, F-Zero X, GoldenEye & Mario Kart on the N64, Pro Evo, Need For Speed and Soul Calibur on the PS2 and Sonic, California Games and Double Dragon on the Master System.