When it comes to identifying the biggest success stories of the 21st century, the boom in popularity of online gaming is undoubtedly near the top of the list.
Gaming is now a multi-billion-dollar global industry and its upward trajectory shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
With technology continuing to evolve at a rapid rate, it is virtually impossible to keep up-to-speed with all of the latest developments in the sector.
Thankfully, there are numerous events staged across Europe that showcase innovations in gaming. Here are the ones you cannot afford to miss.
Gamescom – August 23-27
Gamescom is the largest annual gaming convention in Europe, with the five-day event attracting more than 370,000 visitors to Cologne in Germany.
It is a must-visit convention for any businesses operating in the industry, providing them with a plethora of networking opportunities.
Exhibitors from over 60 different nations will attend this year’s event, making it a genuine reflection of what is happening globally in the gaming sector.
With significantly expanded entertainment and indie areas for 2023, Gamescom is a truly unmissable gaming extravaganza.
The Insomnia Gaming Festival – September 7-10
The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham takes center stage in September as the prestigious Insomnia Gaming Festival is staged.
The event is a four-day celebration of every corner of the gaming universe including eSports, panel discussions, cosplay contests, and much more.
One of the highlights of the Insomnia Gaming Festival is the LAN Party, where gamers can bring their own console and compete simultaneously against more than 2,000 people.
With loads of evening entertainment including pub quizzes and live music also in the mix, this stunning gaming event is well worth checking out.
SBC Summit Barcelona – September 19-21
The associated iGaming sector gets three days in the spotlight during September, with the SBC Summit Barcelona scheduled to take place in Spain.
Many of the top brands in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be at the event to build connections, debate the future of the industry and share best practices.
Several online casinos in Ireland will showcase their latest innovations alongside companies from around the world on the 38,000 m² exhibition floor.
More than 15,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the event which is one of the biggest of its kind in the iGaming sector.
EGX London – October 12-15
EGX London offers gamers four immersive days of events designed to bring together the best the industry has to offer under one roof.
There are a host of unmissable panel sessions during EGX London featuring some of the most respected people in the gaming industry.
If playing the latest game releases is more your thing, you will be spoilt for choice at an event that attracts many of the top developers on the planet.
With networking opportunities, cosplay events, educational sessions, and more, EGX London is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the gaming universe.
DreamHack Winter – November 23-26
Experience the joys of a Swedish winter wonderland by visiting DreamHack Winter 2023 hosted in Jonkoping on the shores of Lake Vattern.
The event is four days of non-stop gaming content featuring expo booths, shows, live music, creators, eSports tournaments, and more.
Artist Alley is the place to be if you are a budding gaming artist, with DreamHack Winter offering you the chance to showcase your creations.
With free play opportunities, expert panel discussions, networking opportunities, and more, a visit to DreamHack Winter is a great way to spend a few days in Scandinavia.
The Develop Conference – July 9-11, 2024
Almost 5,000 delegates attended The Develop Conference in Brighton in 2023 – a whopping 43 percent increase from the previous year.
This event is THE place to be if you are involved in the game development sector as it offers the opportunity for firms to forge lucrative new relationships.
Attendees also have the chance to share ideas, discuss future innovations and meet many of the gaming industry’s most skilled pioneers.
The conference also features the prestigious Develop: Star Awards, which are designed to recognize the leading talents in the game development community.