Published on October 1st, 2014 | by Mica Rose0
EGX 2015 To Be Held At Birmingham NEC
After their most successful event in their seven-year run with 75,000 attendees this weekend, it has been announced that the UK’s biggest gaming event, EGX, will be moving to The NEC in Birmingham for 2015.
Next year’s event will be taking place from September 24th-27th and is promised to be the biggest EGX yet! The show includes demos, presentations and talks for 100s of new and unreleased video games. From trying out the most anticipated games of the year for yourself to getting the inside scoop from the developer sessions, EGX is a hub of activity for anyone with even the slightest interest in the gaming world.
The response from fans on twitter has been mostly positive, with many people who live further North glad that they won’t have to travel as far or spend as much on accommodation. Though a few Londoners have shared their distaste of the change of venue, with one tweeter describing Birmingham as ‘a desolate concrete wasteland’ and others lamenting the loss of the London night-life post event.
The move is hoped to develop the show into a bigger and better experience, with Rupert Loman, the co-founder and CEO of Gamer Network (organisers of EGX) stating “EGX has experienced amazing growth during our four years at Earl’s Court. And while we’re sad to leave, we see the move to the NEC not only as a real opportunity to continue its success, but also to evolve and improve the experience we offer both attendees and exhibitors”.
The organisers have also confirmed that next year’s tickets will be frozen at the same price as this year, and they are working with travel companies to deliver rail and coach packages a discounted price for those attending the event! For those who can’t wait for the next event, EGX Rezzed (a smaller expo focusing on PC and indie games) will be taking place at London’s Tobacco Dock from March 12th-14th 2015, with the BAFTA Games Awards being held on the first evening. Tickets go on sale 2nd October so grab them while you can!
As someone who lives very close to Birmingham and visits there frequently, I can confirm that there is plenty to offer (including some beautiful, non-concrete-wasteland-y architecture) and the nightlife has something for everyone, but more importantly you can get a pint for £2-£3, which I’m sure will appease even the most disgruntled of Londoners! So what do you think consumers? Are you happy about the move? Let us know in the comments!
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