Technology and video game conventions attract hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world every year. They come to get a sneak peek at the many upcoming releases, as well as Q&A’s and the chance to meet their favorite software developers. If you’re one of the many people travelling to some of the best European technology conventions this year, then remember the renewal of an EHIC so you’ll still be entitled to free or reduced cost healthcare while you are abroad.
Paris Games Week
First established in 2010, Paris Games Week is set for its 6th annual event later this October. Organised by Syndicat des éditeurs de logiciels de loisirs (or SELL for short), this year’s exhibitions is set to welcome the biggest names in video games and technology including Warner Brothers, Nintendo, Playstation, Sega and Xbox. Tickets are on sale now starting at €13 each.
Lucca Comics & Games (Tuscany)
Rinaldo Traini and Romano Calisi held the first Lucca Comics event in 1965 and over the years it has expanded and included video games as part of the convention since 2002. The inclusion of video games attracted 50,000 which have increased to more than 250,000 in recent years. The event is a fantastic opportunity to try out video games, challenge other players and is also popular for cosplaying. This year’s five day event starts on the 28th October with day tickets starting at €18.
The largest digital festival in the world is so big that they need to hold two every year, one in the summer and one in the winter. On the whole, DreamHack is a huge LAN party that attracts over 50,000 visitors every year with 23,435 unique devices. The event is spread out across four halls, named A-D, with Hall D being the biggest and the eSports area. The atmosphere in Hall D can be incredible during the final of that year’s eSports event. The event is four days long and starts November 24th. A ticket just to the event costs SEK6000 (Swedish Kroner) while if you want to take part, table tickets range from SEK989-2020.
Russian Game Developers Conference
Since 2003, this has quickly become Russia’s leading video game trade show where industry professionals come to showcase their latest projects. It also hosts the annual KRI Awards (the only professional game awards in Russia. The conference is part of the overall Russian Gaming Week event every June.