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London Games Festival from 30 March to 9 April 2017

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 LGF 2017 will take place from 30 March to 9 April 2017 and will hope to build on the success of last year when 38,000 people attend the first London Games Festival.

The first London Games Festival took place in April 2016 as part of the Games London three-year initiative delivered jointly by Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

The 2017 festival will open with EGX Rezzed at Tobacco Dock (30 March to 1 April 2017), with other events confirmed for the schedule including the British Academy Games Awards (6 April 2017) and the return of Now Play This to Somerset House

Also returning is the Games Finance Market (4 April to 6 April 2017), an instrumental part of the Games London strategy. The Games Finance Market connects games developers and interactive content creators with investors and funders. In 2017 the event will double in size to welcome 60 investable businesses meeting 60 international investors.

LGF will cover nearly 40 events across 30 different venues and has four key cultural events that take place as part of the 11-day celebration of games and interactive entertainment hitting the capital.

The cultural highlights include :

Dear Esther Live – 7pm, Saturday 1 April, St John’s at Hackney, E5 0PD

London Games Festival will host a revival performance of The Chinese Room’s sell-out show Dear Esther Live ahead of its UK tour later in 2017. The event showcases a big-screen play-through of the Brighton games studio’s award-winning game plus an accompanying live soundtrack performance. The concert takes place at the historic The Church of St John-at-Hackney.

Digital Schoolhouse eSports Tournament Grand Final – 10.30am to 3.30pm, Tuesday 4 April, Gfinity Arena, SW6 1BW

Digital Schoolhouse will be hosting the final of the first UK inter-school eSports competition, which has seen 400 secondary and sixth form students across the country taking part. The tournament is designed to promote digital careers and engage students in cross-curricular creative computing. The final will see four regional finalist teams battle it out on Rocket League in the professional studio in front of a live audience. Attendance is invite only.

Now Play This – 7 April to 9 April, Somerset House, WC2R 1LA

A three-day celebration of games design, featuring over 50 games to play from international artists and respected designers. This year, Somerset House is extending the experience for a month, with a free exhibition, Game Changers: Another Way to Play running until 7 May. More info at nowplaythis.net. Tickets for Now Play This are £8 (under 12s free) and can be bought direct from Somerset House.

LGF Games Character Parade – 1pm, 8 April, Route TBA

The final Saturday of LGF will see hundreds of games characters take to the streets of London in the very special Games Festival Character Parade. Welcoming both video games-inspired cosplayers and official mascots and characters, this first-of-its-kind games event will see iconic interactive entertainment heroes in even more iconic London locations.

For more information , visit the Event website here

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