What is Melbourne International Games Week?

Melbourne International Games Week is the largest game professional and consumer communication and networking platform in Asia Pacific. It’s not actually a single event, but a series of events held across 7 days from 22 – 29 October. Melbourne International Games Week unites all the events across games week and provides a framework for all our attendees. It’s our way of saying Hey! Come and check out what’s happening in our awesome city.

What do you mean by Melbourne International Games Week is a framework for all the events?

MIGW provides a framework for our game events which functions as a system that provides a convenient time and place for them to happen. The events within Melbourne International Games Week are all organized by third parties. We aim to provide visibility for the events and provide a seamless experience for our guests across the week. There are a variety of events for different attendee interests (covering Industry, Education and the Public). The platform is founded and run by Creative Victoria.

When does Melbourne International Games Week take place?

This year Melbourne International Games Week is running from 22 – 29 October 2017 in our sunny Australian Spring!

Is there free Wifi available?

There definitely is. You can get free wifi all around Melbourne using the VicFreeWifi service within all Melbourne CBD locations. This network allows for up to 250 MB per device, per day – and does not require personal logins or feature pop-up advertising. you can get more information here: vic.gov.au/wifi

Does Melbourne International Games Week take place every year?

Yes! You can keep up to date with our plans via our website. If you’re in the games industry and planning on coming to Melbourne, this is always the best time of year for you to come.

Is Melbourne International Games Week also interesting for people who aren’t gamers?

We run events for everyone, not just hard-core gamers. You’ll find events for gamers, families, educationalists and games developers across the week. We’re here to celebrate games and showcase the wonderful game development talent that is flourishing in the APAC region.

Which events are associated with the Melbourne International Games Week?

We’re running 14 events this year across 7 days! Check out the program we’ve put together for you this year. You can easily determine what event is right for you by the P, I or E symbol:

Event Description

Event Type P=Public



Partners/ Sponsors Date
Games – A Family Affair featuring a range of family friendly game play opportunities P ACMI, MIGW Sun
22 October
Live Games Wayfinder scavenger hunt P Troy Innocent, MIGW Sun – Sun
22 – 29 October
GCAP Loading targeting startups, entry level and final year students it focuses on providing high level information of the industry and business information I GDAA Sun
22 October
Unite Melbourne an industry event demonstrating the latest Unity (games engine) technology I Unity Mon
23 October
Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) one of the premier games industry events / conferences in the Asia Pacific region. In 2016 it attracted representatives from New Zealand, China, Canada, US and Japan I GDAA, Creative Victoria, Film Victoria, industry sponsorship Tue – Wed
24 – 25 October
Australian Game Developer Awards an annual celebration of the talent of the Australian games development industry. The Awards feature 10 award categories I GDAA, industry sponsorship Wed
25 October
Women in Games Lunch an annual lunch celebrating the women in the games industry I Film Victoria Thu
26 October
Education in Games Summit Victorian teachers receive the resources and know-how to deliver the Victorian Curriculum using games and technology E ACMI, Department of Education and Training Fri
27 October

Tens of thousands of gaming enthusiasts descend on the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre for three days of industry showcases, demonstrations and events.

Attended by international publishers, investors and platforms to meet exhibitors at PAX Rising

P & I ReedPop, Creative Victoria, Film Victoria Fri – Sun
27 – 29 October
Interface B2B networking to compliment PAX Rising I MCV Pacific and Film Victoria Fri
29 October
STEM Video Games Challenge Awards This event includes an exhibition and the announcement of the winners of the STEM Video Games Challenge at PAX E ACER, Creative Victoria Sat or Sun
28 or 29 October
MegaDev An industry celebration held post PAX concluding MIGW I Industry sponsorship Sun
29 October
Code Breakers An exhibition celebrating the achievements of Australian and New Zealand women working in video games. P ACMI to 5 November


How many visitors come to the events?

Across the entire Games Week we have about 60,000 visitors here in Melbourne to do business, have fun and learn a thing or two about games.

At which venues do the events take place?

Games Week conferences happen in a number of central locations across Melbourne including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

I want to see more of Melbourne, is there any places to find information online?

Yes of course! We’re known for our friendly people and spirit of collaboration so chances are you’ll meet someone during Games Week who would love to show you around! Don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll also find the following websites helpful for info on what’s happening and where to go in our city.




What’s your hashtag?

You can keep an eye on all the action, adventure by using the hashtag #MIGW17 and tweeting @gamesweekmelbs

Who is behind Melbourne International Games Week?

There are many wonderful games heroes who help make this week unique and awesome.

Games Connect Asia Pacific, for example, is managed by the Game Developers’ Association of Australia and PAX Australia is organised by Reed Pop. Creative Victoria are responsible for branding and curating the week itself. All our events are managed by their respective creators, meaning that each event has its own unique personality and audiences.

Do I have to buy individual tickets for each event?

Some public events are free and others, like PAX require a ticket. The industry and education events also have their own ticketing system.

Do you have any discounts for students?

Yes we do! You can find the individual student discounts on the pages mentioned above.

Are there Awards for outstanding game creations?

Yes! The Australian Game Developer Awards are presented every year and are an annual celebration of the talent that makes up the Australian games development industry. The AGDAs are presented by the Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA) and the event is held in conjunction with the Game Connect Asia Pacific conference (GCAP 2017).