The North's biggest and most diverse video gaming expo is back!
Play Expo returns to Manchester's EventCity on 11-12 October 2014 and will expand considerably on last year's show; featuring FIVE dazzling events all under one roof, as follows:
now.play -- since its introduction in 2012, now.play has offered visitors to Play Expo the chance to experience a wonderful array of the latest games and hardware. Last year we brought you hands-on previews of upcoming games such as Dark Souls II and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, whist also showcasing the Playstation 4 console six weeks before its release together with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. You can expect an equally exciting line up this year, details of which will be released in due course.
re.play - featuring the most extensive and varied celebration of video games history ever seen within Europe, the re.play event at Play Expo 2014 will offer even more free-play arcade and pinball machines, retro consoles and classic computers than ever before. For fans of retro gaming there simply isn't a bigger, more comprehensive display of video gaming history, containing every conceivable console, computer or handheld. At re.play you can relive your youth and go back to the origins of the video gaming world.
pro.play -- With lots of free to enter prize tournaments across both retro and modern systems, you can battle it out on games such as FIFA, Street Fighter, Minecraft, COD, Halo and many more. We will also host a number of pay-to-enter tournaments with cash prizes!
cos.play -- This is where some of the most dedicated, creative gamers congregate to don costumes and props in tribute to their favourite characters from the world of video games, anime and film/TV. Cos.play will feature a range of costume competitions, parades and skits for pros and beginners, groups and singles alike.
screen.play - BRAND NEW for 2014: Film/TV personalities, merchandise and memorabilia. At screen.play you can expect Hollywood movie star meet-and-greets, photo opportunities with the celebrities, film props and even movie cars. Showmasters, the UK's leading popular culture events company, also plan to bring film and TV related guests that cross over with the video gaming industry, making Play Expo 2014 the must-attend event of the year!
Play Expo also offers you the chance to enter the final heat in the inaugural funstock.co.uk Classic Gaming Championships on Saturday 11th October with the grand final being staged the following day (Sunday 12th October) where the best retro gamer in the UK will be crowned!
MERCHANDISE: We will be bringing you a greater variety of merchandise retailers this year -- apparel, games, figures, artwork, arcade machines, anime, J-Culture and plenty more video game related items will be on sale.
TALKS: We will have a number of talks by game developers, documentary makers and other key people from the video gaming world over the weekend. Come and chat with indie developers or industry veterans in one of our Q&A sessions.
3000 free car parking spaces
Under 5s go free (with a paying adult)