Asia Pacific’s premier games event brings enthusiasts, industry and business together to play, create, connect and inspire.
Melbourne International Games Week 2019 features PAX AUS, Australia’s first train jam, augmented reality on city streets and much, much more.
The newest games and innovative technology from Australia and around the world will be on show at Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW) 5-13 October 2019.
Now in its fifth year, MIGW is the largest games festival in Asia Pacific, with 30+ conferences, events, and activities for gamers, industry, educators and families. More than 77,000 people will attend over nine days to explore the future of games, network and test their playing skills!
Digital games is now the largest entertainment market globally, worth more than the movie and music industries combined. Australia’s games industry income alone is $2.2 billion and projected to grow to $3.3 billion by 2020.
MIGW brings together leading developers, games publishers and platforms to showcase Australia’s flourishing games industry, celebrate games culture and build business relationships. International companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Valve, Epic and Apple will be coming to connect with Australian talent at this year’s MIGW.
Australia’s premier game development conference, Games Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), returns for not two but three days of thought-provoking sessions for over 1,000 local and international games developers and, for the first time in 2019, there is a Careers Fair.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne is at the centre of Australia’s digital games industry – more than half of Australia’s digital games studios are based here and our games are played all over the world.”
“Our local studios are producing some of the most innovative games – from popular entertainment games like Armello, Hand of Fate and Mountain’s BAFTA-winning Florence, to serious games transforming business practices like Earthlight, currently being used by NASA to train astronauts.”
Games Week kicks-off with a rollicking ride in the first ever Australian Train Jam, ‘Locomojam’, where game developers will collaborate and create new games during an epic 27-hour journey from Brisbane to Melbourne, and display them at PAX AUS.
PAX AUS, the only PAX outside the USA, returns bigger and better in 2019, showcasing ground-breaking new products and titles, next generation virtual reality, traditional tabletop and boardgames, live music, cosplay and more!
The rising stars of Australia’s independent game-makers are also unveiled at PAX Rising.
MIGW also has plenty of family-friendly activities. For the first time, visitors can take a tour of Melbourne’s streets in 1910 and meet some of the city’s most notorious characters in new augmented reality game Misadventure in Little Lon.
Other program highlights include
• Education in Games Summit where leading educators show games transforming teaching and learning
• High Score: Composition and Sound Art in Gaming 2019, two days of expert talks, tech courses and hands-on workshops exploring music in games with Niamh Houston, Manami Matsumae and Takahiro Izutani
• Parallels: The Freeplay Showcase, a demonstration and discussion of the most experimental new games
• The Australian Game Developer Awards
• Invite only Games for Change Lunch
MIGW is an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with Film Victoria, ACMI, Game Developers’ Association of Australia and PAX AUS. Events will be held in the Melbourne CBD including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 5-13 October 2019.