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EGX (expo)

EGX
StatusActive
GenreVideo games
VenueVarious
Location(s)Various
CountryUnited Kingdom
Germany
Inaugurated28–29 October 2008
Most recent12–15 October 2023
Organised byReedPop
MembersReedPop
SponsorsTikTok
Websitewww.egx.net

EGX (previously named Eurogamer Expo) is trade fair for video games organised by Gamer Network[1] and held annually in the United Kingdom and Germany.

History

Outside the 2009 Eurogamer Expo at Old Billingsgate Market, London

The first Eurogamer Expo took place at the Old Truman Brewery as part of the London Games Festival 2008 and was attended by 4,000 people.[2][3] In 2009, the show took place at The Royal Armouries in Leeds and the Old Billingsgate Market in London at the end of October.[4] The event was held at London's Earls Court for the next five years between 2010 and 2014.[5][6][7][8][9] After the confirmation of the venue's closure, it was announced that EGX would be moving to Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre as part of a multi-year deal.[10]

In 2012, Eurogamer and Rock Paper Shotgun announced Rezzed, a PC and indie games show spun off from Eurogamer Expo.[11] Rezzed was first held at the Brighton Centre on 6–7 July 2012.[12] In September 2012, Eurogamer announced that Eurogamer Expo would also host a Rezzed component.[13]

In October 2013, the Eurogamer Expo was renamed to EGX London, and Rezzed was renamed EGX Rezzed.[9] The EGX London brand was discontinued in 2014, and following the move to Birmingham NEC the show has been called simply EGX.

On 21 February 2018, a third event in Berlin, Germany, was announced.[14]

On 28 November 2018, it was also announced that EGX 2019 would be returning to the ExCel, London.[15]

On 13 March 2020, EGX Rezzed 2020 was originally going to take place from 26 to 28 March 2020, but was postponed to 2–4 July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[16][17] before being cancelled altogether.[18] Three months later on 30 June 2020, it was announced that EGX 2020, which was originally going to take place from 17 to 20 September 2020, was also cancelled. On the same day, EGX announced that it was joining forces with PAX to hold a 9-day online event, which will take place from 12 to 20 September 2020,[19] a month later on 27 July 2020, the online event was given a name called PAX Online X EGX Digital.[20]

On 19 February 2021, it was announced that EGX Rezzed and EGX would be returning as live, real-world, in-person events if everything goes to plan with the roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations and they deem it safe to do so within the government guidelines. [21]

On 11 October 2021, it was announced that EGX Rezzed would be renamed as EGX Birmingham and would be returning to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The renamed EGX Birmingham aims to expand the “Rezzed Zone”, and will offer not just the typical indie showcases, but also allow AAA studios to showcase some spring releases as well. It was originally planned to take place from 4 to 6 March 2022,[22] but was postponed to 2023 due to "the current climate and the knock-on effects of Omicron".

EGX London 2023 was held at the ExCel London through 12 to 15 October,[23] with the headline partner TikTok.[24] The show hosted two Esports tournaments, one for Tekken 7 and one for Street Fighter 6.[25]

List of events

Event Dates Venue Country
Eurogamer Expo 2008 28–29 October 2008[2] Old Truman Brewery, London United Kingdom
Eurogamer Expo 2009 27–28 October 2009[4] Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
30–31 October 2009[4] Old Billingsgate Market, London
Eurogamer Expo 2010 1–3 October 2010[5] Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London
Eurogamer Expo 2011 22–25 September 2011[6]
Rezzed 2012 6–7 July 2012[12] Brighton Centre, Brighton
Eurogamer Expo 2012 27–30 September 2012[7] Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London
Rezzed 2013 22–23 June 2013[26] National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Eurogamer Expo 2013 26–29 September 2013[8] Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London
EGX Rezzed 2014 28–30 March 2014[9] National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
EGX London 2014 25–28 September 2014[9] Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London
EGX Rezzed 2015 12–14 March 2015[10] Tobacco Dock, London
EGX 2015 24–27 September 2015[10] National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
EGX Rezzed 2016 7–9 April 2016[27] Tobacco Dock, London
EGX 2016 22–25 September 2016[28] National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
EGX Rezzed 2017 30 March – 1 April 2017[29] Tobacco Dock, London
EGX 2017 21–24 September 2017[30] National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
EGX Rezzed 2018 13–15 April 2018[31] Tobacco Dock, London
EGX 2018 20–23 September 2018[31] National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
EGX Berlin 2018 28–30 September 2018[32] STATION, Berlin Germany
EGX Rezzed 2019 4–6 April 2019[15] Tobacco Dock, London United Kingdom
EGX 2019 17–20 October 2019[15] ExCeL, London
EGX Berlin 2019 1–3 November 2019[15] STATION, Berlin Germany
PAX Online X EGX Digital 12–20 September 2020[19] Online Online
EGX Rezzed 2021 15–17 July 2021[21] Tobacco Dock, London United Kingdom
EGX 2021 7–10 October 2021[21] ExCeL, London
EGX London 2022 22–25 September 2022[22]
EGX London 2023 12–15 October 2023[33]

Reception

EGX won the 2019 Games Event of the Year at the MCV Awards.[34]

References

  1. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (9 October 2014). "Games Media Profile: Gamer Network". MCV/Develop. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b Press, Games (6 October 2008). "Over 50 playable titles now confirmed for Eurogamer Expo 2008". MCV. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ Mike (20 October 2008). "Loman on EE2008: "Our biggest inspiration is probably the Penny Arcade Expo"". VG247. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Bramwell, Tom (7 May 2009). "Eurogamer Expo 2009!". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b Francisco, Lorraine (19 July 2010). "Eurogamer Expo moves to Earls Court". Event Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom (8 November 2010). "Eurogamer Expo 2011 dates announced". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom (23 February 2012). "Eurogamer Expo 2012 early bird tickets go on sale". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom (1 March 2013). "Eurogamer Expo 2012 early bird tickets go on sale". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d Cook, Dave (19 November 2013). "Rezzed 2014 tickets on sale now as Eurogamer Expo re-branded as EGX London". VG247. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  10. ^ a b c Nunneley, Stephany (1 October 2014). "EGX 2015 moves to Birmingham's NEC next September – 75,000 attended 2014 event". VG247. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  11. ^ Phillips, Tom (17 April 2012). "Eurogamer announces Rezzed: The PC and Indie Games Show". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  12. ^ a b Nunneley, Stephany (27 June 2012). "Molyneux to host developer session at Rezzed". VG247. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  13. ^ Bramwell, Tom (4 September 2012). "Eurogamer Expo to host Rezzed PC and Indie Games Zone". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  14. ^ McAloon, Alissa (21 February 2018). "EGX is launching a third event in Berlin". www.gamasutra.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d Phillips, Tom (28 November 2018). "EGX comes home to London next year". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  16. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (13 March 2020). "EGX Rezzed postponed due to the coronavirus". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 15 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  17. ^ EGX [@egx] (20 March 2020). "Cheering megaphone We are delighted to announce that #Rezzed2020 will be returning to @TobaccoDockLon on the 2-4 July 2020. Cheering megaphone All current ticket holders will have their ticket transferred to the new dates! You don't need to do anything other than sit back, relax and play some video games!" (Tweet). Retrieved 20 March 2020 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ EGX [@egx] (30 April 2020). "Thank you to everyone who has prepared to deliver what promised to be a fantastic event and thank you to our fans who supported us. Tickets have automatically been upgraded to EGX 2020, but if you would like a full refund, email egx.helpline@reedexpo.co.uk with your order number" (Tweet). Retrieved 30 April 2020 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ a b Welsh, Oli (30 June 2020). "EGX and PAX to join forces for 9-day online event in September". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 1 July 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  20. ^ "PAX Online X EGX Digital Announcement!". EGX. 27 July 2020. Archived from the original on 8 August 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  21. ^ a b c L, Stefan (19 February 2021). "EGX announce a very optimistic return of real world gaming events in July 2021". TheSixthAxis. Archived from the original on 19 February 2021. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  22. ^ a b Nelson, Will (11 October 2021). "EGX Rezzed to become EGX Birmingham for March 2022". NME. Archived from the original on 11 October 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  23. ^ "The UK's biggest video game event has arrived – and its just across the Thames". News Shopper. 12 October 2023. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  24. ^ "TikTok takes gaming to the next level as headline partner of EGX 2023". Newsroom | TikTok. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  25. ^ "EGX 2023 to host £5,000 esports tournaments". esports-news.co.uk. 22 September 2023. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  26. ^ Bramwell, Tom (18 March 2013). "Tickets for Rezzed 2013 on sale now". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  27. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (30 September 2015). "Over 75,000 people attended EGX 2015 last week". VG247. Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  28. ^ Welsh, Oli (20 November 2015). "EGX 2016 returns to Birmingham NEC next September". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  29. ^ Graham, Peter (25 May 2016). "EGX Rezzed 2017 Dates Now Confirmed". VRFocus. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  30. ^ Dunning, Jason (26 September 2016). "EGX 2016 Saw Over 75,000 Attendees, 2017 Dates Announced". PlayStation LifeStyle. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  31. ^ a b Batchelor, James (25 September 2017). "Record attendance for tenth anniversary EGX, 2018 dates revealed". GamesIndustry. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  32. ^ Welsh, Oli (21 February 2018). "EGX is coming to Berlin". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 29 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  33. ^ @EGX (25 September 2022). "That's a wrap on an amazing weekend of blockbuster games, incredible indies, exclusive experiences and so much more. 💥 EGX will return, 12-15 October 2023 💥 Be the first to know when tickets are on-sale: http://eepurl.com/giV-gb" (Tweet). Retrieved 25 September 2022 – via Twitter.
  34. ^ "Here are your MCV Awards 2019 winners!". MCV. 28 March 2019. ISSN 1469-4832. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
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