With the spring season rapidly approaching, the video game industry is entering what could be considered the ‘honeymoon phase’ for events (‘honeymoon phase’ refers to a professional’s intrinsic and passionate desire to attend event after event throughout a short duration of time). For the gaming industry, this duration of time falls between the months of March and August. During this five month gauntlet, professionals have the opportunity to attend the game industry’s most prevalent conferences/trade shows/conventions and mingle with the greatest game professionals to walk this planet. From the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) to E3, these events are a melting pot of intellect for those already involved or are aspiring to be a part of the gaming industry.
Contrary to popular belief though, these aren’t the only video game events happening during this gauntlet (or the rest of the year, for that matter). In fact…many smaller, local video game events go unnoticed as major gaming media outlets offer around-the-clock coverage for these larger ones. As a result, awareness and participation in these local events is nerfed. This in turn, discourages the event coordinators from putting on the event in subsequent years.
Luckily, there’s a website that is striving to offer equalized coverage for all video game events, regardless of size. Introducing Events for Gamers, an online community and website that lists up-to-date details surrounding hundreds of video game events from around the world. More than just a simple event aggregator, Events for Gamers has a robust structure in place for categorizing video game events into five buckets: conferences (private, industry-focused events), summits (private, niche-based events), conventions (events similar to tradeshows), fanfests (public, niche-based events), and other (events that don’t fit into the other categories).
The website also contains an interactive map, which allows users to zoom in on pinned gaming events happening in their city. For instance, you can see on the map that the SXSW Gaming Expo is pinned as an upcoming event in Austin, TX.
Don’t see an event up on the website? No worries – users also have the ability to request video game events to be added to the map.
Personally, I’ve been asking awhile for a website dedicated to aggregating video game event information. This website will continue to stay bookmarked on my computer as I plan out my video game event itinerary for 2016.