All the World’s a Stage
Next month, our sister site and magazine PC Gamer will be hosting their first PC Gamer Weekender event in London. The first 500 tickets are on sale at £9.99 each for the Standard Pass, or you can grab the Weekender Plus Pass for £24 each. This is Future’s own special event, but they’re not doing it alone. They’ve partnered up with developers and others in the industry, and there will be plenty of exciting and fun games and technology on display. Attendees will be able to check out some new and upcoming games, attend PC workshops, hang out with other gamers in the common room, and hear from some of the brightest minds in the industry. Let’s take each of those in turn.
Along with plenty of existing games, attendees will have the chance to visit Bandai Namco and check out the pre-release version of Dark Souls III, or the early access version of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. Sega will be there with Total War: Warhammer, still a month away from release, and Capcom will have both Street Fighter V and the Resident Evil spin-off Umbrella Corps. Confirmed publishers include 2K Games, aPriori, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Chucklefish, Excalibur, Introversion, Jagex, Notgames, Resonance Studios, Team 17, Sol Trader, SEGA, and Wargaming. Here’s the complete list of games that will be at the show.
For the hardware enthusiasts—and that should be all of you reading this!— Asus will be sponsoring PC workshops ranging from the basics up through overclocking and a speed building competition. Another workshop will cover case modding, which can be a never-ending rabbit hole, as anyone who has looked at our Rig of the Months should know. Other topics include building PCs from scratch, upgrade advice for everyone from beginners to experienced users, and a GPU competition. Many of the hardware sessions are interactive, allowing you to go hands on with experts.
Over in the common room, sponsored by Sega, up-and-coming indie developers will be showing off their latest projects. So if you happen to be an aspiring developer, this could be your chance to get some tips from people who are making it in the industry. Or if you’re far enough along in development, you can submit your game for consideration. We all know that some of the most creative games of the past several years have come from the indie community, and it will be great to see what’s coming down the pipe.
And last but not least, we’ve gathered some of the brightest minds from the gaming industry, including those responsible for titles like Star Citizen, Mount and Blade 2, X-Com 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Total War: Warhammer, and more. Industry legend Julian Gollop, CEO of Snapshot games and the designer and director behind the classic X-Com: UFO Defense, will also be present. All of these industry veterans and experts will be speaking at the PC Gamer Weekender.
So if you’re in the area—or you’re willing to get there!—come hang out with folks from PC Gamer, Maximum PC, and more at the inaugural PC Gamer Weekender. There are only 500 tickets available at £9.99, along with the additional Weekender Plus passes that get you access for both days, as well as a digital subscription to PC Gamer. Also note that due to age restricted content, attendees must be 18 or older, so don’t forget your ID.