Events for Gamers has chronicled the conversion of events to digital that started just over a year ago as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe. In terms of safety, business climate and regulations, conditions are gradually improving, in some places more than others. Some event organizers have officially announced that they’re returning to hybrid or live status.
This list will keep tabs of some of the bigger (as in regional, national or international) events that Events for Gamers follows, if or when status announcements are made for live or hybrid status, from mid-year to the end of 2021. If you’re interested in the online-accessible talks, demos, etc. offerings from each event, each of the events will offer digital content access options as well, which the organizers will clarify as the events get closer to their launch dates.
We’re hopeful that by 2022 a special list will not be necessary to highlight an event being live, rather that they will return to more of a norm than an exception.
Description: An annual video games fair and convention held in cologne, Germany for both the games development industry and the public
Dates: August 23-29, 2021
Locations: Cologne, Germany
Description: “PAX is a series of gaming culture festivals involving tabletop, arcade, and video gaming. PAX is held annually in Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Antonio in the United States; and Melbourne in Australia” — Wikipedia
Dates: October 8-10, 2021
Location: Melbourne, Australia
AWE USA 2021
Description: “Augmented World Expo (AWE) organizes conferences and meetups focusing on augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) around the world.”
Dates: November 8-11, 2021
Location: Santa Clara, California
San Diego Comic Con
Description: “San Diego Comic-Con is ‘dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.'”
Dates: November 26-28, 2021
Location: San Diego, California
If you are an event organizer and want us to let folks know your event is returning to an in-person format, drop us a note!
As this list of live-and-in-person events in the games industry evolves and changes, we’ll be sure to keep track of it and update it.