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London Games Festival unveils exciting line-up

Date posted: 17.02.2017

The countdown to this year’s London Games Festival (30 March – 9 April) starts here, and today we can unveil four key events that will be forming part of the 11-day celebration of games and interactive entertainment.

Highlights include a unique concert featuring a big-screen game play-through with accompanying live music; the return of the Now Play This games exhibition with an extended run at Somerset House; a school-focused eSports tournament and a closing weekend parade on the streets of London. Tickets for select events are on sale now.

The festival is organised by Games London, a partnership between Film London and games trade body Ukie which is supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Growing the city’s culture and creative industries is so important, and as Mayor, I’m delighted to welcome this year’s London Games Festival, which promises to showcase the best of the city’s imagination, game design and innovation. Home to more than 500 games companies and top talent from around the world, London is right at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, and this exciting festival celebrates the richness of our thriving games industry.”

The jam-packed LGF 2017 schedule also includes EGX Rezzed, (30 March to 1 April), the Games Finance Market (4 April to 6 April), and BAFTA Games Awards (6 April). In addition to this, London Games Festival Fringe is a city-wide programme of immersive and quirky events, from exhibitions and workshops to plays and parties, that are all about celebrating the richness and diversity of games culture. A Summit programme of insightful talks and thought-provoking lectures will also be unveiled shortly. Brimming with all this activity, LGF will cover nearly 40 events across 30 different venues, with a grand total of 50,000 attendees expected over the course of the festival.

The cultural highlights announced today are:

Dear Esther Live, 7pm, Saturday 1 April, St John’s at Hackney, E5 0PD

London Games Festival will host a revival performance of The Chinese Room’s sell-out show Dear Esther Live ahead of its UK tour later in 2017. The event showcases a big-screen play-through of the Brighton games studio’s award-winning game plus an accompanying live soundtrack performance. 

Digital Schoolhouse eSports Tournament Grand Final, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Tuesday 4 April, Gfinity Arena, SW6 1BW

Digital Schoolhouse will be hosting the final of the first UK inter-school eSports competition, which has seen 400 secondary and sixth form students across the country taking part. The tournament is designed to promote digital careers and engage students in cross-curricular creative computing. The final will see four regional finalist teams battle it out on Rocket League in the professional studio in front of a live audience. 
Attendance is invite only, contact

Now Play This, 7 - 9 April, Somerset House, WC2R 1LA

A three-day celebration of games design, featuring over 50 games to play from international artists and respected designers. This year, Somerset House is extending the experience for a month, with a free exhibition, Game Changers: Another Way to Play running until 7 May. 

LGF Games Character Parade – 1pm, 8 April, Route TBA

The final Saturday of LGF will see hundreds of games characters take to the streets of London in the very special Games Festival Character Parade. Welcoming both video games-inspired cosplayers and official mascots and characters, this first-of-its-kind games event will see iconic interactive entertainment heroes in even more iconic London locations. 

The London Games Festival is sponsored by Air New Zealand, British Council, Moneycorp, Moore Stephens and King. To find out more about sponsorship contact

Follow @londongamesfest on Twitter or Instagram for more updates.


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