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Targeted at studios, developers and those with entry through to high-level experience working in the games industry.

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Open to everybody from families and casual game players, through to hardcore gamers and industry experts.

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Sat
20

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

Alien Planet: Gaming Workshop for Beginners

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Alien Planet: Gaming Workshop for Beginners

When: 9:30am - 5pm, Saturday 20 October
Where: Media Design School at Torrens Uni (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: Eventbrite

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Have you always wanted to create your very own game? This is your chance to learn how!

Media Design School (MDS) at Torrens University Australia are running a FREE workshop for beginners. In this hands-on workshop, Adam Thompson, a Unity Certified Teacher from MDS will teach you how to create a complete 3D game in Unity - the industry standard for game development. You will add scripts to move and animate a 3D character that can interact with its surrounding world - a beautiful Alien planet with a variety of creatures and treasures. You’ll add audio, particles and effects to bring the game to life.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have made a complete game in Unity that will be playable on the PlayStation 4 Console. Wow! Your show-reel is already looking better.

High Score 2018

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High Score 2018

When: 9am - 6:30pm, Saturday 20 October
Where: The Arcade (map)
Cost: $60 - $80
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High Score 2018: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming is an event focusing solely on the music and sound art utilised within the video game medium.

The event will feature presentations on both the creative and professional side of the industry.  The creative skills development presentations will focus on practices in composing and designing audio for games, the creative philosophies utilised by composers and designers, as well as developer insights and case study analysis. The business skills development presentations will focus on music rights and royalties, common practices within the industry, as well as give insight to the legal and financial sides of game music composition.

The event is designed to build the skills and knowledge of emerging creators, and to amplify the connection between music composition and interactive media.
 

Sun
21

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

Mon
22

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

Unite Melbourne

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Unite Melbourne

When: 8am - 6pm, Monday 22 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: $45 - $133
Ticket platform: Eventbrite

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Join us at the annual developer conference for Unity - the market leading platform for creating games, visualisations, simulations and other interactive content.

Unite Melbourne offers a content packed day of learning, networking and exciting activities, including opening keynote by Unity leaders, technical sessions–customized for different levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced, previews of upcoming Unity tech, opportunities to get tips from Unity experts and an amazing after-party (with VIP tickets only).

Melbourne Queer Games Festival

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Melbourne Queer Games Festival

When: 6:30pm, Monday 22 October - Tuesday 23 October
Where: Online (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Melbourne Queer Games Festival is a relaxed, lofi, online event held over 22-23 October.

Our mission is to inform, entertain and challenge local LGBTIQ players by bringing the best of world queer culture to Melbourne. It includes a livestream, website, game bundle and awards programme.

Submissions are open now until mid-September and are welcome from game developers big and small; those who consider themselves professionals or just starting out.

Tue
23

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)

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Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)

When: 9am - 6pm, Tuesday 23 October - Wednesday 24 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: From $250 - $504.90
Ticket platform: Eventbrite

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Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), now in its 13th year, is Australia's premier game development conference.

Hosted by the Game Developers' Association of Australia (GDAA), it strives to provide thought-provoking, creative and innovative sessions from leaders in the local and international game development industries.

This year's theme, The Walls We've Built Ourselves, looks to the future of the Australian game development sector. The opening keynote speech will be delivered by Leighton Gray, co-creator of Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator.
Early bird and bundle ticket options now available.

Play the City Workshop

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Play the City Workshop

When: 10am - 6pm, Tuesday 23 October
Where: Verve Studios, Level 2, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne (map)
Cost: $7
Ticket platform: TryBooking

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Disruption is part of urban life – from road closures that last a few hours, to a part of the city that might be crowded. But how can we turn a disrupted city into our playground?

Join the City of Melbourne for a day-long workshop where you’ll use data to identify a problem area in the city, and then work with local artists and experts to create a playful solution.

Workshop facilitators will be Maize Wallin – composer & audio programmer, and Eduardo Oliveira – playable city expert & computer scientist and Jim Fishwick - improviser & museum curator.  

Melbourne Queer Games Festival

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Melbourne Queer Games Festival

When: 6:30pm, Monday 22 October - Tuesday 23 October
Where: Online (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Melbourne Queer Games Festival is a relaxed, lofi, online event held over 22-23 October.

Our mission is to inform, entertain and challenge local LGBTIQ players by bringing the best of world queer culture to Melbourne. It includes a livestream, website, game bundle and awards programme.

Submissions are open now until mid-September and are welcome from game developers big and small; those who consider themselves professionals or just starting out.

Wed
24

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)

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Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)

When: 9am - 6pm, Tuesday 23 October - Wednesday 24 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: From $250 - $504.90
Ticket platform: Eventbrite

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Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), now in its 13th year, is Australia's premier game development conference.

Hosted by the Game Developers' Association of Australia (GDAA), it strives to provide thought-provoking, creative and innovative sessions from leaders in the local and international game development industries.

This year's theme, The Walls We've Built Ourselves, looks to the future of the Australian game development sector. The opening keynote speech will be delivered by Leighton Gray, co-creator of Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator.
Early bird and bundle ticket options now available.

Australian Game Developer Awards

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Australian Game Developer Awards

When: Wednesday 24 October
Where: St Kilda Town Hall (map)
Cost: Entry included with GCAP ticket purchase
Ticket platform: Eventbrite

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The Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) is the annual national industry awards for games developed by Australian game developers.

The Awards are managed by the Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA), with nominations encouraged in the lead-up to the Game Connect Asia Pacific 2018 Conference (GCAP).

Thu
25

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

Film Victoria Annual Games Lunch

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Film Victoria Annual Games Lunch

When: 12 - 3pm, Thursday 25 October
Where: TBC (map)
Cost: Invitation only
Ticket platform: Register interest with events@film.vic.gov.au

Film Victoria will once again host its annual games lunch during Melbourne International Games Week.

The invite-only event celebrates the experiences and perspectives of women and non binary individuals who are central to Australia's game community. The lunch will feature insights from key guest speakers in the sector as well as providing a networking opportunity with peers.

To register your interest to receive an invitation, email events@film.vic.gov.au
Venue details will be provided on booking.    

EGAA 2018 Esports Conference

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EGAA 2018 Esports Conference

When: 1 - 8pm, Thursday 25 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: $110.40 - $139.40
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The Esports Games Association Australia (EGAA) is bringing their industry conference to Melbourne as part of MIGW.

At this conference, you can expect to hear updates from leading researchers about the importance of local esports game developers, and learn about issues facing the industry.

In addition, there will be networking drinks following the event, offering a great opportunity to connect with your industry colleagues and esports experts.

Parallels: The Freeplay 2018 Showcase

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Parallels: The Freeplay 2018 Showcase

When: 7 - 9pm, Thursday 25 October
Where: RMIT Swanston Academic Building, Building 80 (Level 2, Room 7) 445 Swanston Street (map)
Cost: $18 - $22
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Parallels highlights some of the most unique, experimental, and personal independent videogames being made in Australia and beyond. From the artsy, to the weird, to the provocative and punk.

For over ten years, Freeplay Independent Games Festival has been exploring these vital margins of games culture, uncovering emerging and exceptional makers, from bedroom coders, to artists pushing at the boundaries of the medium. Come and watch as our speakers demonstrate and play their creations live on stage, and share their creative inspirations and intimate journeys.

Fri
26

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

PAX AUS

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PAX AUS

When: Friday 26 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: From $67
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PAX AUS is back for 2018! Australia’s largest video and table top gaming festival returns to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre to celebrate gaming culture at its best.

2018 will feature an action-packed 3-day event jammed with all the good gaming stuff: from retro to VR, PCs to consoles, table top games, esports tournaments, music concerts, and over 100 panels featuring industry experts and personalities. Get ready for gaming nirvana!

Education in Games Summit

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Education in Games Summit

When: 9am - 4:30pm, Friday 26 October
Where: ACMI (map)
Cost: From $88 (Early bird and special offers available)
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Co-presented by ACMI and the Victorian Department of Education, the Education in Games Summit 2018 is a great opportunity for primary and secondary teachers to engage with new ideas and strategies for innovative teaching and learning.

The summit showcases best practice implementation of games; enabling teachers to effectively and meaningfully activate games in their classrooms. Hear from a wide range of speakers such as Meenoo Rami, from Minecraft Education at Microsoft and Brett Leavy who has developed a Virtual Songlines Indigenous software toolkit.

With plenty of great speakers, networking opportunities and early-bird PAX tickets, the 2018 Summit is an outstanding professional learning opportunity.

Interface at PAX Aus

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Interface at PAX Aus

When: 7 - 9pm, Friday 26 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: Invitation only
Ticket platform: Register interest with joel.vandaal@trade-media.com.au

Interface at PAX Aus 2018 is a B2B networking event that has been engineered to connect Australia’s rising development talent with senior members of the local and international games industry.

Modelled on the ethos of ‘establish a connection’, Interface at PAX Aus presents a unique opportunity for these upcoming developers to get on the radar of some of the industry’s biggest names.

Interface is an invitation-only event. To register your interest to attend, contact Joel: joel.vandaal@trade-media.com.au

Film Victoria is the Presenting Partner of Interface at PAX Aus 2018.

Sat
27

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

PAX AUS

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PAX AUS

When: Friday 26 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: From $67
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PAX AUS is back for 2018! Australia’s largest video and table top gaming festival returns to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre to celebrate gaming culture at its best.

2018 will feature an action-packed 3-day event jammed with all the good gaming stuff: from retro to VR, PCs to consoles, table top games, esports tournaments, music concerts, and over 100 panels featuring industry experts and personalities. Get ready for gaming nirvana!

STEM Video Game Challenge Awards

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STEM Video Game Challenge Awards

When: Saturday 27 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: Included in your PAX ticket
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The STEM Video Game Challenge is a competition open to Australian school students preparing them to innovate, create and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

The PAX Aus stand (#0850) is a fantastic opportunity for the winning students to exhibit their games to the public.  The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday afternoon which is conducted as part of PAX Aus and provides students an opportunity to talk about their games and development processes. (See the PAX Aus programme for time and location information).

Facilitated by the ACER Foundation, the charitable arm of the Australian Council for Educational Research, the ongoing mission of the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is to help engage Australian students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines in a new and exciting way. Students learn vital skills for the future through designing, building and testing an original video game.

Gamey Gamey Game

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Gamey Gamey Game

When: Saturday 27 October
Where: TBC (map)
Cost: TBA
Ticket platform: TBA

Gamey Gamey Game is a weekly comedy panel show about videogames released on You Tube.

Hosted by Evan Munro-Smith from Stupid Old Studios, this special MIGW edition will be filmed in front of a live audience on Saturday 27 October, and released on You Tube Monday 29 October.
Stay tuned for special guest announcements!

Information on attending the live recording to be advised soon.  

Sun
28

Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

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Longitude: Asia Pacific Games & Play

When: 8am - 7pm, Saturday 20 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Library at The Dock (map)
Cost: Free
Ticket platform: NA

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The Longitude exhibition will present cultural, experimental and arts practices in the medium of games from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The exhibition will include screenings, workshops, and an exhibition of playable games.

Longitude celebrates games and play as a broad and persistent aspect of culture with the capacity to connect diverse groups. The works highlight games as activities beyond escapist entertainment but as nuanced, challenging and inspiring forms of expression that bring a broader understanding to the world and the people it.

Artists include: Mojiken Studio (Indonesia), Spotlighter (China), Nekogames (Japan), IP Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Triple Tree Studio (China), Toshio Iwai (Japan), Troy Innocent (Australia) and more.

PAX AUS

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PAX AUS

When: Friday 26 October - Sunday 28 October
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (map)
Cost: From $67
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PAX AUS is back for 2018! Australia’s largest video and table top gaming festival returns to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre to celebrate gaming culture at its best.

2018 will feature an action-packed 3-day event jammed with all the good gaming stuff: from retro to VR, PCs to consoles, table top games, esports tournaments, music concerts, and over 100 panels featuring industry experts and personalities. Get ready for gaming nirvana!

Chi Play 2018

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Chi Play 2018

When: 9am - 5pm, Sunday 28 October
Where: Deakin Edge at Fed Square (map)
Cost: From US$300 (Early bird offers available)
Ticket platform: NA

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CHI PLAY is the international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI). We call this area “player-computer interaction”.

The goal of CHI PLAY is to highlight and foster discussion of current high quality research in games and HCI as foundation for the future of digital play.

This is the first time the conference has been held in the southern hemisphere and will run from 28 - 31 October 2018.

MegaDev6!

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MegaDev6!

When: 7pm - 12am, Sunday 28 October
Where: Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square (map)
Cost: $30 - $50
Ticket platform: TBA

Games industry folk of all ilk are invited to end MIGW on a high note at MEGADEV6!

MEGADEV6! is an industry networking event open to game developers, publishers, media and anyone else who's been working hard during Melbourne International Games Week. If you are one of these, please contact the organiser to introduce yourself and request a ticket access code - giselle.rosman@gmail.com.

Each ticket includes entry, nibbles and at least a couple of drinks along with an amazing night of networking.