Train2Game News PLAY Expo Manchester 2019

PLAY Expo, the north’s biggest videogames event, is returning to Manchester for the seventh time on May 4th and 5th.

Taking place in a new, bigger venue, PLAY Expo will be held at the Manchester Central Exhibition Centre and will welcome over 25,000 videogames fans through the doors for two days of gaming brilliance.

The perfect day out for games enthusiasts of all ages, with everything from blockbuster game previews to indie games, retro classics, eSports, cosplay, escape rooms, education, live shows, industry panels and YouTuber meet and greets.

PLAY Expo Manchester boasts nearly one thousand gaming consoles, handhelds, PCs, arcade and pinball machines, all playing the very best in new and classic videogames – and all set to free to play! The event also features a huge Minecraft zone, a Fortnite zone, a dedicated VR area and a selection of the best and brightest indie games from recent years.

On the Expo stages, you will find talks from gaming celebrities, cosplay displays and tournaments for gamers of all skill levels. You will also find immersive live experiences, including John Robertson’s critically acclaimed ‘The Dark Room’ and ‘Knightmare Live’, the celebrated stage adaptation of the 80s-90s cult TV show Knightmare.

Twitch channel ‘Streamers Connected’ will be broadcasting live from the show across both days, bringing viewers at home the best content, interviews and action from the north’s biggest gaming event.

Andy Brown, Managing Director of Replay Events said: “We are super excited to be bringing PLAY Expo back to Manchester at an even bigger arena. The PLAY Expo community is incredible, we know that 80% of our visitors do not visit any other gaming event in the UK. Our attendees love the mix of new and old games, stage talks, special events, cosplay and competitions. If you love games, you can’t afford to miss PLAY Expo Manchester.”

Industry trade body UKIE will be hosting ’30 Years Of Play’ at this year’s show. Inviting visitors to remember the British games that have shaped the industry over the last 30 years, including a retro gaming championship featuring classic British games from years gone by.

George Osborn, Campaign Manager, 30 Years of Play said: “We’re excited to be partnering up with PLAY Expo for its retro gaming championship. The video games sector has always been defined by a close relationship between players and developers. The retro gaming championship offers a brilliant opportunity to do just that, while also celebrating some of the best of British videogames from the past 30 years.”

Publishers and developers who wish to exhibit their games at PLAY Expo should contact Andy Brown now on

Tickets cost: Adults £20, Child £14, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £58 per day or Adults £34, Child £24, Family £96 for the Weekend ticket and can be bought from

Train2Game News PLAY Expo London 2018

PLAY Expo, the UK’s largest arcade, indie and retro gaming show, comes to London’s Printworks for the first time on the 11th and 12th of August 2018.

A must attend event for any videogames fan, featuring hundreds of original arcade and pinball machines, plus consoles and PCs playing a virtual who’s who of gaming classics including Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter, Space Invaders, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Super Mario Kart, Sensible Soccer, Super Mario Bros, GoldenEye 007 and Pokemon.

PLAY Expo also features a huge Minecraft zone, dedicated VR and tournament gaming areas and an Indie Zone, where you can play the best and brightest indie games of recent years. On the Expo stages you will find talks from gaming celebrities, Cosplay displays and tournaments for gamers of all skill levels! Special guests announced so far include:

Ashens Q&A, comedian, actor, author and Internet sensation
Stuart Ashen AKA Ashens will be appearing all weekend long, taking part in a YouTuber panel and Q&A. Ashens is best known for his YouTube channel, which boasts over 1.3 million subscribers. He has written two popular books about retro games – Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of and Attack of the Flickering Skeletons.

Mr Biffo aka Paul Rose of Digitiser
Remember Digitiser on Teletext? Paul Rose the writer behind Digitiser is appearing at PLAY Expo to talk about his new Kickstarter project to create Digitiser: The Show – an ambitious and anarchic retro gaming series.

The Oliver Twins present ‘The Evolution of Dizzy – the UK’s 80’s Iconic Gaming Hero’
The ‘Oliver Twins’ rose to fame in the 1980s when they developed the Simulator and Dizzy games franchises. They are probably the most prolific 8-bit game developers in the world, having created an amazing 53 games – 26 of which where #1 bestsellers. They founded Blitz Games in 1990 and built it into one of the most successful games studios in the UK. In 2012 they set up Radiant Worlds with co-founder Richard Smithies, which they recently sold to Rebellion.

Sensible Software founder Jon Hare: A Life In Games 1985-2018
Jon co-founded Sensible Software in the 1980s, the company went on to produce some of the most successful games of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Notable titles include the Sensible Soccer franchise, Cannon Fodder games, Wizball, Mega Lo Mania and Wizkid. More recently Jon has worked on an updated version of Speedball 2 as well as Sociable Soccer, the spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer.

Q&A with Mike Montgomery, founder of Bitmap Bros.
“The coolest Amiga developer ever, this studio did things in the early 90s that made their peers weep with envy.” Vice. Founded in 1987, The Bitmap Brothers are the original ‘rock star’ developers: a small but highly successful development team with a history of creating unique, critically and commercially acclaimed games. Continually striving for originality, attention to detail and new levels of playability, the company has been responsible for several of the games industry’s most memorable titles including the Xenon, Speedball and The Chaos Engine games series, Magic Pockets, Gods, Cadaver, Z and most recently the critically acclaimed RTS hit; Z: Steel Soldiers.

Whether you’re a gaming enthusiast or haven’t touched a game in years, you will find yourself enthralled by the wealth of amazing gaming entertainment available at PLAY Expo. The fun starts on August 11th at London’s Printworks, SE16 and runs from 10am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit, and

Tickets cost: Adults £20, Child £14, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £58 per day or Adults £34, Child £24, Family £96 for the Weekend ticket.

Train2Game News PLAY Expo Manchester gaming stages

PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, announced today a series of specialist gaming stages that will feature for the duration of the expo and provide visitors with a weekend of non-stop gaming attractions!
Taking place at EventCity, Manchester, October 8th and 9th, PLAY Expo will have the gaming stages running in addition to the latest games to play, the Red Bull 5G Tournament, VR attractions, merchandising stalls, table-top gaming area, retro-gaming action and so much more, providing a packed schedule of entertainment, with unmissable, interactive attractions for gamers everywhere.

Powered by WiFi Wars and Gamerdisco, the Main Stage will play host to an unrivalled array of industry panels, talks, and perhaps most exciting of all, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in the legendary, multiplayer live show Wifi Wars! Winner of the Time Out coveted ‘Not to be Missed’ award and hailed as a Top Ten ‘Geek Night Out’ by Metro, WiFi Wars is hosted by Steve McNeil (Dara O’Briain’s: Go 8-Bit) and Chris Slight (Sky News) and promises a mad-cap show full of comedy and interactive gaming for all ages!

The Fighting Stage powered by MBA (Manchester Battle Arena) offers a chance for visitors to take part in fighting game tournaments throughout the weekend. With exhibition and casual play available, gaming pugilists can practise to their hearts content and if they’re feeling brave, for a small entry fee of just £5, enter the tournament for their chance to win a share of the £500 prize pot available!

Powered by the prestigious online audio magazine and podcast, The Sound Architect, The Sound Stage plans to offer a fascinating insight into the world of gaming audio, with an eclectic mix of panels, presentations, Q&A’s and much more. Guests to the stage include the award winning, BAFTA nominated composer David Housden, Voice Actor Jay Britton (heard recently in The Turing Test), Sound Designer for the VR phenomenon Eve: Valkyrie, Ash Read and Matt Griffin, composer of Unbox from Prospect Games.

PLAY Expo warmly invites Cosplay fans of Great Britain and beyond to the show! Powered by Rock BandTM Rivals from Harmonix®, the Rock Band Rivals Cosplay Stage will be hosting a number of events throughout the weekend including a masquerade on both days with prizes for the best characters as chosen by our panel of judges! In addition, guests to the expo will have the opportunity to build-a-band and take part in the Rock Band Rivals tournament, as well as previewing the new game before general release! Cosplay specialists Dark Cleo Productions will be organising the stage events and running the Cosplay masquerade. Bound to be the most eye-opening part of PLAY Expo, plenty of press and magazine photographers will be at the event, and the expo encourages everyone to come in character should they feel so inclined!

“As we get ever closer to PLAY Expo, gamers can see just how busy a weekend we are planning for the event, certain to be our biggest expo ever,” said Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “We’re so excited to be offering gamers the chance to play the latest games, but that’s only part of the picture. At PLAY Expo, we’re offering so much more to see and do, providing a compelling and truly unmissable weekend of gaming based entertainment for fans of all ages.”

Returning for its fifth year, PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2016, please visit:

Train2Game News Exhibition places available at PLAY Expo Blackpool


This April, the UK’s favourite Arcade, Indie & Retro video gaming expo will be returning to the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre in Blackpool for it’s fifth year.

Proud supporters of the UK indie scene, Replay Events are offering indie developers and studios special low rates for space and power on the main show floor – but space is limited so if you want to get involved you’ll need to act fast!

Located at the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, PLAY Expo Blackpool attracts over 5000 attendees from all over the UK during the two day event. The expo draws a diverse crowd due to the variety of systems, exhibitions and activities on offer – some people come for the coin-ops, pinball and retro stuff, some for the current gen and indie games, others for cosplay, highscore tournaments or talks from game industry legends – but the majority embrace the entire spectrum of video gaming culture as a whole.

Unlike some other expos, the indie section at PLAY Expo Blackpool won’t be hidden away in a separate hall away from the main ruckus.
Indies will be centrally located within the main exhibition space, i.e. where the people are. Prices for exhibiting are extremely

    -£180 Standard booth (1x table, 6ft backing board, space and power for 2x PC/Console set-ups, 2x Exhibitor passes)

    -£300 Large booth (2x tables, 6ft backing board, space and power for 4x PC/Console set-ups, 4x Exhibitor passes)

(Note that wired internet, PC hire and additional exhibitor passes are also available at an additional cost. Please contact us for further information and prices).

In addition to this, exhibiting indies will have their own dedicated liaison in the form of RGCD.DEV/RGCD.CO.UK’s James Monkman, who’ll be on hand before, during and after the event to help ensure exhibitors requirements over the weekend are fully accommodated.

For further information on the event visit the PLAY Expo Blackpool website ( ). You can either register your interest in exhibiting online via the contact page, or request an information pack from James direct via email ( ) or Twitter (@James_Monkman).

Train2Game News PLAY Expo Glasgow


Replay Events, the team behind PLAY Expo Manchester and PLAY Expo Blackpool, are bringing their fan favourite gaming show to Scotland next year.

PLAY Expo Glasgow will be a celebration of gaming across the ages designed to unite the game community across Scotland in one huge event that will feature a whole host of video gaming related treats.

From hundreds of retro gaming consoles and computers, classic arcade and pinball machines through to some of the best indie and current generation games, PLAY Expo will bring veteran gamers and newcomers together like never before.

One partnership at next year’s show that reflects this idea perfectly is with ‘Versus Scotland’ the Scottish fighting game specialists who will host a number of prize tournaments over the weekend, challenging the very best fighting game competitors in Scotland.

Versus Scotland’s Russell Williamson said “Versus Scotland are delighted to hear that Replay Events will be bringing their fantastic Play Expo event to Scotland. We look forward to working with Replay Events in bringing together our experience, expertise, and passion, to ensure that the first Scottish PLAY Expo becomes a standout event in 2016.”

For more information visit the website here:

Tickets are now on sale at the following location:

Train2Game News Dark Souls 3 at Play Expo


Today Replay Events are thrilled to announce that Bandai Namco Entertainment UK will be bringing Dark Souls III, the latest game in the critically acclaimed Dark Souls series, to Play Expo this October 10th- 11th.

This will be the first opportunity for the public to play the already lauded action RPG title that sees the return of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Dark Souls III brings the new Battle Arts system to combat which Miyazaki calls ‘an evolution’ as it builds on the series’ trademark sword and sorcery combat and adds a new layer to the combat system. The trademark online multiplayer functionality has also evolved to seamlessly integrate online interactions into the single player story.

Dark Souls III is a turning point for the series and will be released in April 2016.

So don’t miss out on the chance to be one of the first people to play Dark Souls III on PlayStation 4 and book your Play Expo tickets today!

Tickets are on sale at the website:
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Train2Game News PLAY Expo tickets on sale


Tickets for PLAY Expo, the North’s biggest gaming expo have gone on sale this morning. The show will take place at EventCity, Manchester on 10th and 11th October 2015.

PLAY Expo is in its fourth year in Manchester and has more than doubled in size over that time. Hundreds of screens of next-gen, indie and retro games as well as eSports, cosplay and stars of film and TV pulled 19,000 attendees through the doors of the highly-successful two day event last October.

Replay Events Director Andy Brown said “PLAY Expo 2014 was a huge leap forward for us in terms of scale and ambition but we delivered a knockout show that our attendees absolutely loved. The bar has been set very high for PLAY Expo this year, but we already have plans underway to smash all previous records out of the water.

Show features we introduced last year such as celebrity signings, our careers fair and Youtuber meet and greets will be expanded plus we are adding even more new content for 2015 including an area dedicated to the immensely popular Minecraft, where we will be running a Hunger Games tournament and a creative build server. Of course this won’t be at the expense of any of the other parts of the show – we know how passionate our attendees are about all aspects of PLAY Expo.

We pride ourselves on being the most diverse gaming expo in the UK – where else can you see so many of the latest games and technologies alongside arcades, pinballs, retro consoles and computers? The response we get from the gaming community is overwhelming, we’re immensely proud of what the show has become and we look forward to delivering yet another phenomenal event to our audience and partners this October.”

PLAY Expo 2015 will also feature the UK’s largest arcade and pinball display, industry speakers, movie props and vehicles, card and board games, merchandise plus a host of other features. More announcements will be made in the coming months. Further information and tickets are available from