East Anglian gaming fans can look forward to a special event later this month with the return of the third Norwich Gaming Festival (NGF2016) to the fine city of Norwich. The spectacular Forum building will once again play host to the week-long showcase and celebration of all aspects of video gaming technology, including the historical development of the ever-growing industry over the years.

Building on last year’s successful event

Following on from the enormous success of last year’s event when in excess of 45,000 visitors are estimated to have attended, organisers at The Forum are aiming to make 2016 even bigger and better.

This year’s festival has been made possible through an association with a variety of sponsors and partners, including the Norwich University of the Arts, E4G, Hughes, the University of East Anglia and Game.co.uk.

Highlights announced

With free admission for all ages there should be something for all gaming enthusiasts and their families to enjoy. Among the highlights announced so far are:

  • A Gaming Village offering a variety of trader and exhibitor opportunities, such as the benefits from becoming an associate sponsor or hiring a pitch during the festival.
  • An Indie showcase by the creators of independent Games, providing a chance to find out more about the creation of their games from the people themselves. Games produced by local developers such as Four Circle Interactive and Insert Imagination, as well as those from across the rest of the UK and Europe are expected to be available to play.
  • Pub quiz and retro gaming attractions.
  • Workshops providing an insight into how Videogames are made with an opportunity to meet the developers. These sessions will be provided by industry professionals and cover a variety of aspects pertinent to games development, such as art, design, programming and business.
  • Information on careers in the gaming industry.
  • Parental advice on gaming.
  • Talks from recognised industry speakers.

Glowing testimonials

Judging by the testimonials from some of the attendees last year it promises to be an exciting and fun event for everyone.

Glowing praise for the festival included “fantastic, fun & family-friendly with other recommendations referring to “a really exciting event to be a part of: a wonderful venue, great games and a really fun atmosphere.”

NGF2016 will run from 28th March through to 2nd April.