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Press Release 31/03/2023

The Nottingham Video Games Expo Returns!

This time it’s set to be bigger than before and in the heart of Nottingham’s City Centre

Video game shops, themed bars and museums have all disappeared in Nottingham but this July video gaming is coming back for the second year for the next installment of the Nottingham Video Games Expo!

31st March 2023: Over the years Nottingham has seen its fair share of video game shops, cafes and museums disappear, after a sold out two dates in December of 2022 the Nottingham Video Games Expo returns and is set to bring more gaming to the city than ever before!

James and Alex, friends who met online during the coronavirus pandemic, have been going to gaming events for years, who have since decided to give it a try themselves. Their formula for the Nottingham Video Games Expo is to put together all of their favorite parts of those previous events and wrap it all together in a very community focused event.

The city centre of Nottingham has seen internet cafes like Combat Strike close down, as well as much-loved video game stores like Play Time. On a larger scale, The National Videogame Museum – which was once located in Hockley – and the ALT Gaming Lounge have both vanished, too.

A number of years ago the Retro Games Fair was previously held in Nottingham, with sold-out crowds and excited visitors wanting more. This is where the Nottingham Video Games Expo comes in.

James and Alex want to make sure that, wherever possible, their expo will focus on the local community, and so reached out to gaming businesses and groups and developers. The Belgrave Rooms Nottingham is their venue of choice this time around however, they want to keep the same look at feel of the previous event after receiving positive praise with how the layout and general flow of the expo was previously.

For the first Nottingham Video Games Expo there were David Wise, Kevin Bayliss and Graeme Norgate from Rare Ltd. talking about games such as Goldeneye 007, Battletoads, Timesplitters to name a few plus Simon Phipps from Core Design speaking about his work in the gaming industry which included games such as Rick Dangerous.

Both James and Alex have been part of their fair share of conventions and events over the years and know exactly what works and what doesn't. The Belgrave Rooms looks to tick all the right boxes when considering the needs of traders/groups and the general public. Being in the city centre of Nottingham there is a wide range of parking, an easily accessible bus, tram route plus restaurants and bars on the doorstep if visitors wish to leave and come back as all day wristbands are available.

We have businesses and community groups from Nottingham, Derby and further afield. We have a number of local businesses from right here in Nottingham these include, DoughNotts who will be selling a wide range of their famous tasty treats plus a fan favorite from the previous event the gaming shop from Nottingham Parallel Universe. That’s not all we are happy to announce that we have a local Sneinton based game developer Alexander Hamilton from GnomeKing Games, showcasing his latest game ‘The Train’

The Nottingham Video Games Expo offers a day of action-packed gaming, activities, guest speakers and more on the 22nd July 2023.

This years Nottingham Video Games Expo is partnered by DEBUG

Fun activities taking place which includes…

This is set to be a fun-packed event for all ages.

Local Information for press:

Event Info:

Local Information for press:

Name : Nottingham Video Games Expo

Dates: 22nd July 2023

Location : The Belgrave Rooms, 25 Goldsmith St, Nottingham NG1 5LB

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Ticket Prices:

£4 + fees (Child) 

£8.70 + fees (Adult) 

£22.40 + fees (Family x2 Adult x2 Child)

Free - Children under 6 go free when accompanied by a paying adult ticket holder

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Sponsor/Partner Info:

DEBUG exists to support independent game studios, providing low-cost access to the games industry network via events and promotional activities.

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