THE FESTIVAL FRINGE 2017
30 March – 9 April  
The London Games Festival Fringe is an exciting and diverse array of independently organised events that support and complement the main London Games Festival. Join us for a huge celebration of games in the capital city.

For the duration of the Festival, we have everything from off-the-wall games conferences to eSports via interactive narrative raves and game-themed karaoke.

Our schedule of events takes attendees all across London, including to the V&A, British Library, Secret Weapon and the head offices of mobile giants King.
Game On: Contemporary Board Games Study Day

Game On: Contemporary Board Games Study Day

V&A, Saturday 1 April

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Hear from games designers and academics; see early treasures from the Museum’s collection and join in the board game jam. The day will be chaired by James Wallis games designer and Director of games design consultancy Spaaace and will be a playful celebration of all things Table Top!
Joypad presents: #SuperWarehouse

Joypad presents: #SuperWarehouse

Studio Spaces Pennington, Saturday 1 April

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The ultimate gaming warehouse party, with live visuals and DJ’s, over 1000 retro games, pre-release indie games and a live interactive indie game show. For tickets and more info head to www.joypadbar.co.uk/events
London Gaming Market

London Gaming Market

Royal Hotel Russel Square, Sunday 2 April

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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!
Bonus Stage

Bonus Stage

Loading Bar, Dalston, Sunday 2 April

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Bonus Stage is an indie games showcase happening in Loading Bar, Dalston, all day on the 2nd April 2017. The bar is home to a regular co-working space for indie game developers. We've invited our friends from around London, and nearby, to show the world what they've 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.
Evasion

Evasion

Hotel in Bankside, Sunday 2 April

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Fire Hazard Games present Evasion: a high-octane spy adventure on the streets of London. For two hours, you will be racing against the clock to complete your mission, cracking cryptic messages under pressure, and liaising with friendly contacts while the enemy is in hot pursuit. As events escalate, you'll need to prove your worth in head-spinning circumstances. The enemy agents know who you are, and they are ready for the chase. The most important thing is: don't get caught.
NBA Jam

NBA Jam

Ace Hotel, Sunday 2 April

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Join Ace Hotel London to go head-to-head against Ace Hotel Pittsburgh in a transatlantic tournament of the classic video game NBA Jam by EA Sports. This 64-player rooftop tournament follows a knockout format, with the baller that slams home the most monster dunks in the grand final taking home a one-of-a-kind basketball jersey. London players will be invited to donate to Sports for Schools on the day, a UK-based social enterprise that will provide a local school with a basketball lesson from a Team GB player.
VideoBrains

VideoBrains

Loading Bar, Stratford, Tuesday 4 April

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VideoBrains is a monthly event where six speakers explore a single theme in relation to video games. We aim to provide talks that show off the imaginative, creative, unexpected, technical, detailed, solemn, silly or saucy side of games - and to never be boring. This month we're talking all things treachery, backstabbing and betrayal (unrelated to how thrilled we are to a part of London Games Festival, honest!) Come along to VideoBrains vs LGF: Resident Evil to hear some great talks, chat with lovely people, and investigate new some new perspectives on play.
Horror Lock

Horror Lock

Loading Bar, Thursday 6 April

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Lights off, frights on! Loading Bar Stratford invites you to play scary games after-hours with prizes and free drinks for the brave alongside live commentary from our hosts. Loading's horror lock-ins follow the “Midnight Movie” formula. Getting a crowd together to make a ruckus while watching a live scary game on the big screen. We curate the line-up showcasing the latest indie games and spooky classics. We pass a controller around the crowd, giving prizes to anyone brave enough to play.
Realms

Realms

UCL, Tuesday 4 April

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Realms is an evening discussion on the relationship between video games and architecture held at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. As games become ever more complex and immersive, and architects increasingly adopt game technologies for visualizing and exploring their design ideas, Realms asks what the shared future of the two mediums may be. Hosting a panel of architects, game developers, writers and Minecraft builders, Realms will explore how games utilize architectural space and how architects might employ games in their designs. Realms is supported by the Architecture Projects Fund of the Bartlett, UCL.
The GamesIndustry.biz 100 Party

The GamesIndustry.biz 100 Party

Studio Spaces Pennington, Thursday, 30 March

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A special part to celebrate the GamesIndustry.biz 100 will take place on Thursday, March 30th. Sponsored by Amiqus, the GamesIndustry.biz 100 will reveal the 100 most influential people working in the UK games industry. The GamesIndustry.biz 100 party will take place at 6pm on Thursday, March 30th at the Studio Spaces on Pennington Street, which is less than five minutes from the Tobacco Dock venue where EGX Rezzed will take place. Every member of the 100 is invited for free. Anyone else wishing to attend the event, which includes free drink and food, can buy a ticket for £25 per person. A proportion of the money will be donated to GamesAid.
Ukie Student Conference

Ukie Student Conference

London South Bank University, Wednesday 5 April

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The Ukie Student Conference will be launching for the first time ever down south as part of the London Games Festival. Hosted at London South Bank University on April 5th the conference is a fantastic opportunity for students to attend exclusive talks and workshops from industry insiders from all areas of the sector. They'll have the chance to learn all about different career paths and what it will take to build a successful career in games. The event is sponsored by Games London and Epic Games.
French Invaders drinks at Peak: Meet La French Tech

French Invaders drinks at Peak: Meet La French Tech

120 Holborn, Tuesday 4 April

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This informal networking event organised by French Tech London, in partnership with Peak, is the perfect opportunity for French and international gamers, start-ups or scale-ups to meet the French Tech community here in London, as well as international gaming companies and investors. It presents a unique opportunity for companies and investors to meet around a few beers and a game of pool or two. Register at http://ow.ly/Oj6y309KgHs
Rumpus

Rumpus

Islington Metalworks, Friday 7 April

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SeaSylph Games and Rumpus rides again in a retro space-age, hypnotic neon game/party that is set to hit on April 7th! Are you ready to take on adventures and puzzles whilst dancing the night away? Will you find an operatic glow cloud? Will you best the dungeons made of pure light? Or will you simply bask in the glow of the gorgeous neon world around you and remember the simpler times of past futures?
For the Record: Data Discs

For the Record: Data Discs

Loading Bar Dalston, Saturday 8 April

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As part of the London Games Festival 2017, DATA DISCS will be taking over The Loading Bar in Dalston for a night of music, visuals, records and gaming on Saturday 8 April, 7:00pm-2:00am. - 7 hours of music and custom visuals - Upfront playback of an unannounced release (DATA012) - A charity raffle with prizes including a range of sold-out limited editions (and anything else we can find in the vaults) - A basement full of consoles and arcade cabs, all free to play - Custom-made gaming cocktails (including one of our own!) - A bunch of records available to buy
Defold Open Training

Defold Open Training

King Offices Thursday, 30 March

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This free training held at the King offices in London is a unique opportunity to join King developers in learning the game engine Defold. Learn and build together,  enjoy some complimentary food and drinks, share experiences and have a good time.
mayamada GamePad

mayamada GamePad

Bethnal Green, Saturday 8 April

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mayamada GamePad is a social gaming event promoting inclusion and diversity in gaming and its audience. This Easter, mayamada are bringing back the magic of gaming in the same room. You will be able to play the new Nintendo Switch console in a family-friendly atmosphere with games including Mario Kart, Fifa, Super Smash Bros, 1-2-Switch and more!
UK eSports News gathering

UK eSports News gathering

Secret Weapon, Saturday 8 April

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eSports News UK's very first event is a London meet-up for people, players, coaches, casters, managers and community members in the UK eSports scene. There's a focus on League of Legends but the event is open to players and people in other games too, including CSGO, Hearthstone, Overwatch and more. Whatever your ability, get together for some drinks with friends, teammates and other players. We'll have some League of Legends-themed drinks and systems ready for some 1v1 action. So be sure to come down to Loading's Secret Weapon gaming-related pub in Stratford for a chilled out evening of fun and networking. Tickets can be bought here: http://www.esports-news.co.uk/2017/03/06/enuk-london-meetup-secret-weapon/
More than Just a Game

More than Just a Game

Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, Thursday 6 April to Friday 7 April

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More than Just a Game is the only international academic-led conference on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law. Now in its third year, the conference is a well-established platform to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, explore solutions and map the legal issues that must be addressed for a more appropriate understanding, promotion and protection of interactive entertainment. The main theme of the 2017 edition conference will be ‘Virtual and Augmented Reality’
Goldeneye Royale

Goldeneye Royale

Six Yard Box, Thursday 6 April

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Goldeneye and a Martini, what more could you want on a Thursday evening during London Games Week! Video game culture magazine, squareblind.co.uk, and Elephant & Castle's Six Yard Box, are putting on a casual tournament of 4-player Goldeneye on the N64 with £5 entry including a free Martini. With the Six Yard Box's cracking craft beer and discounted food at selected Artworks venues available all night. Games will start at 7pm and tickets should be bought in advance. No Odd Job.
Off the Page: Literature and Games

Off the Page: Literature and Games

British Library Knowledge Centre Theatre & Foyer Saturday 8 April

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Join us at the British Library for a free afternoon of talks and demos exploring the relationship between literature and video games. What kinds of games can novels inspire? Do games have an impact on literature in return? We’ll hear about a variety of projects and works, including the British Library’s Off The Map competition, which has challenged students to create games based on Shakespearean classics and Alice in Wonderland. We’ll also be running a small showcase of games with literary influences.
Rabble

Rabble

Various, Friday March 30th to Sunday April 9th

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Rabble got bored of boring exercise so we made exercise fun by transforming exercise into games. We play everything from Capture the Flag to British Bulldogs, Dodgeball, The Hunger games and much much more. If you're someone who loves a bit of fun, a run around and meeting new people this is absolutely for you!
Joypad presents: Cinedouken!

Joypad presents: Cinedouken!

Studio Spaces Pennington, Friday 31 March

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Cap off your Friday at EGX Rezzed with a gaming / movie experience like no other! Joypad Present Cinedouken! Street Fighter Edition. Watch one of the all time great “so bad it’s good” movies and join in the fun with heckling, drinking games and interactive segments of the show. For tickets and more info head to www.joypadbar.co.uk/events
Cash FIFA Tournament

Cash FIFA Tournament

Meltdown, Caledonian Road, Saturday 1 April

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Brace for an immense night of E-Sports Tournaments & Challenges! Compete for CASH PRIZES across a range of titles from modern favourites like Rocket League to retro N64 classics like Goldeneye, Mario Kart & Super Smash Bros.
Digital Schoolhouse

Digital Schoolhouse

Gfinity Arena, Tuesday 4 April

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The Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation eSports tournament is designed to engage and inspire students with careers and opportunities within the games, eSports and creative industries.
Hit Play UK: The Interactive Entertainment Market and the UK

Hit Play UK: The Interactive Entertainment Market and the UK

The Royal Society of Chemistry, 6 April

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Delegates, including Ukie’s Dr Jo Twist OBE and development legend Peter Molyneux, will explore the next steps for developing the technical and creative talent required to sustain the UK video games industry and nurture the UK’s next break out gaming success; examine emerging funding streams and priorities for investment; and discuss and debate the commercial and content opportunities of emerging technologies.
The MGF and Space Ape Mobile Gaming Roundtable

The MGF and Space Ape Mobile Gaming Roundtable

Space Ape Games, 100 New Oxford Street, Friday 31 March

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The Mobile Games Forum (MGF) and Space Ape Games have partnered up to host a roundtable about the future of mobile gaming. Happening after the Space Ape Opening Showcase for the London Games Festival, this is your chance to meet the biggest names in London in an exclusive setting. Email louise@globalmgf.com for information on how to attend.
Marioke

Marioke

Loading Bar Dalston, Thursday 6 April

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Marioke is a night of karaoke classics rewritten to be about video games. Perhaps that sounds like a joke and that’s how it began — a one-off show at Nottingham GameCity in 2011 — but now it’s a cult event with a monthly residency at the Loading Bar in London and an international army of boisterous, vocal fans. And when they’re not entertaining the capital, the One Life Left team take Marioke around the world, performing their ever-growing roster of songs with audience members at studios, conferences and parties. Our Marioke event at London Games Festival will be a world first for us. Instead of Sunfly backing tracks, we'll be performing with a live band. That's right - take to the stage and imagine you're the lead singer of the world's best band.
eScon Europe: The eSports Conference

eScon Europe: The eSports Conference

Le Meridien Piccadilly, 5 April – 6 April

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Outside investment into eSports has ramped up in a big way lately. Over the past year alone, there have been seven noteworthy eSports investments. And this should hardly come as a surprise. The eSports industry is putting up some well-reported and impressive numbers. However, there are still a number of challenges that clearly face strategic and successful investment. eSCon speakers weigh in.
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