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The Norwich Gaming Festival is back for 2016!

The Norwich Gaming Festival is returning to The Forum for its third year and organisers have today announced the festival dates for 2016: Monday 28 March to Saturday 2 April. Organised and hosted by The Forum with support from local partners, the festival celebrates all aspects of video games and their development, bringing a mix of education, entertainment and technology to Norwich.

The Norwich Gaming Festival is a free event and appeals to all ages and levels of interest and expertise. From newcomers to enthusiasts, young people and families to the older generation, game developers to schools, colleges and universities, there’s something for everyone and also a chance for local talent to showcase their expertise in game development and programming.

Danny Mcilwrath, one of the Norwich Gaming Festival organisers from The Forum said: “The Norwich Gaming Festival has become a hugely popular event and we can’t wait for NGF 2016. We’ve got plenty of exciting additions this year, lots of new games, a retro arcade, live play throughs, Developer days, workshops – a full week of gaming creativity and fun as well as a Gaming Village for visitors to explore. It’s also a great opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to chat to students, designers, industry experts and find out more about the educational opportunities and careers associated with the gaming industry.“ The Forum’s lead education partner for the festival is Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) who have been involved since the festival’s inception in 2013. NUA run a BA in Games Art & Design and an MA in Games, and students will showcase their work, give talks and exhibit games throughout the festival. George Beard, lecturer in Games Art & Design at NUA said: “The festival is an exciting event that both pulls back the veil on games development for the public and allows students to exhibit their work whilst networking with games industry professionals.”

There will be additional educational support from the University of East Anglia (UEA) throughout the festival with UEA students giving talks and hosting workshops.

In 2015, the Norwich Gaming Festival welcomed over 45,000 visitors who enjoyed games, seminars, a quiz night, talks, tutorials and retro games.

There are plenty of new features to this year’s programme both inside and outside The Forum and a new link-up with Open on Bank Plain, who will host the Norwich Gaming Festival Big Quiz. Here’s a taster of what’s to come for 2016:

  • The Gaming Village – new for 2016! An opportunity for creators to showcase their independent games including games from local, national and international developers and local traders
  • An Indie Showcase: The Atrium at The Forum will be dedicated to local as well as national indie game developers so visitors can try out a wide range of unique games and experiences; including games such as Starbound from Chucklefish, Fallen from Teaboy Games in Colchester and RPG Tycoon from Skatanic Studios in Norwich
  • Talks and Workshops from industry professionals
  • The NGF Big Quiz: back by popular demand! The quiz has become so popular it is being held at Open on Bank Plain so more people can take part

The Norwich Gaming Festival starts at 10am each day from Monday 28 March to Saturday 2 April. It’s free and all are welcome. For news and updates visit www.norwichgamingfestival.com, Twitter: @NorwichGFest and Facebook / The Norwich Gaming Festival.

For gaming professionals or businesses interested in participating, exhibiting or sponsoring the festival please contact info@theforumnorwich.co.uk