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Play Expo : Manchester’s Eventcity 11-12 October 2014
Following in the high octane tracks of last year’s hugely successful event, the nation’s army of gamers, puzzle pros and arcade gurus will descend on Manchester’s EventCity 11-12 October as the most action packed and utterly immersive gaming expo bursts into multi-player life.

Officially launched today and set to be the largest multi-sensory video gaming event in the North of England, Play Expo is a high tech-meets-retro-extravaganza set across five fantastic zones. The two day event will also pit amateur gamers against the best in the country as the Classic Gaming Championship finals reach their nail biting conclusion in a duel to the death on the main stage. Final heats will take place on Saturday with the Grand Final scheduled for Sunday, where the UK's greatest retro gamer will be crowned.


Meanwhile, visitors can delve deep into the world of their favourite TV and film franchises, take the driving seat with exclusive sneak previews or be amongst the first in the country to sit at the controls of some of the UK’s hottest under the radar indie games titles.

“The all-encompassing Play Expo is unlike any other gaming event on the planet,” said Andy Brown, show co-organiser. “Whether reliving childhood favourites with the Expo’s unique haul of arcade collectables, getting up close and personal with authentic film props or taking to the main stage in a movie-worthy crafted costume, Play Expo is totally unique.


“Now in our fifth year, we have developed five huge zones which we know hardcore gamers and enthusiastic amateurs alike will love and we have some truly outstanding concepts. Exclusive hardware, game launches, cult actors and characters from the best of TV and film franchises – think Doctor Who and Star Wars and then take it to a whole new level.”

Play Expo: Events 2014
Gamers can expect to immerse themselves in a clutch of no holds barred experiences at the show which was nominated for an MCV award earlier this year.


screen.play : screen.play is a mash up of film and TV memorabilia, actors, props and games from the biggest and best shows and motion pictures to make the cross over to gaming and vice versa. This is a groundbreaking new addition for 2014 that will bring the country’s first true crossover of film and TV with gaming, allowing fans to play the game and then get up close and personal with the big screen version in real life.


re.play : re.play at Play Expo is the biggest retro gaming event in Europe, offering both purists and casuals access to the widest collection of video game history ever seen in the UK. It brings together consoles and computers, arcade games and pinball machines with over 100 of each set to free play. Renew a childhood acquaintance with cult classics including Pacman, Outrun, Track & Field, Street Fighter 2, Gauntlet, Star Wars, Operation Wolf, Bubble Bobble and Donkey Kong.


Special Guest:
We are also really pleased to be able to announce that our first confirmed special guest for Play Expo 2014 is industry legend Mel Croucher. Mel is the creator of a number of award winning games including Pimania and the multimedia extravaganza Deus Ex Machina. Deus Ex Machina 2 was the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign last year and we are very excited to try it out at Play Expo. Mel also has also released a book charting the birth of the games industry and Deus Ex Machina’s part in it. Mel announced his appearance at Play Expo to his Facebook followers in his own inimitable style…

“I’ve agreed to attend PlayExpo, the most extensive celebration of video games history ever seen in the UK, to be held in Manchester UK on 11th and 12th October. My status is “special guest”, which translates as “old fart”, and I’ll be giving talks and signing stuff, as well as showing old and new games, blessing children and healing lepers.”


cos.play : A hot ticket for the most dedicated and creative gamers, anime and movie fans. cos.play will see super fans don costumes and props worthy of a Hollywood wardrobe department in tribute to their favourite characters from the world of video games, comics and films. cos.play will feature a range of costume competitions, parades and skits for pros and beginners, groups and singles alike.


pro.play : Lock and load your controller with a host of free to enter prize tournaments across both retro and modern systems. Battle it out on games such as FIFA, Street Fighter, Mario Kart, Minecraft, Halo and many more or compete to become the king or queen retro gamer of the UK in the Classic Gaming Championships. In pro.play gamers can also show their mettle with pay-to-enter tournaments for cash prizes.


now.play : Buckle up for a thrilling ride through cutting edge, not-yet-released games and hardware from the industry’s biggest names. Last year saw visitors trying the phenomenally successful Dark Souls II and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag games ahead of their official launch as well as taking the Playstation 4 console for a spin six weeks before its release. This year’s line up promises to be no less exciting with major new titles and technology to be debuted. With previous events supported by gaming giants such as Sony, Namco, Nintendo and Ubisoft, Play branded events are used as the proving ground for hotly anticipated new games months before they go on general sale.

Exclusive Talk:

We are also delighted to be welcoming the amazing CINEMAWARE to Play Expo now.play zone this year. Cinemaware are the company behind a whole host of classic Amiga games that are being updated for modern systems. Following on from the release of Rocket Ranger, Kings of Chicago, and Defender of the Crown, Cinemaware are now hard at work on remastering their wonderful WWI fighter pilot hit WINGS.

As well as displaying Wings, Cinemaware will also being showing a mystery game for the first time in the UK and also taking part in a talk/Q&A where they will discuss the past, present and future of one of the best loved 16 bit brands. Sven from Cinemaware said…

“Cinemaware is looking forward to joining the Play Expo 2014. We still have a great and supportive British fanbase and we are really excited to meet them all in Manchester! Please visit our booth and meet us for a a chat and personal demonstration of our new and classic games.“

Even More!
There is even more going on at this event than ever before! Play Expo 2014 is not to be missed!

To book a ticket and to find out more visit http://www.playexpo.net


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