2015’s biggest games expos, July to December: Minecon, Gamescom, more

With E3 now over, what’s coming up in video games’ 2015 expo schedule? There’s still plenty going on with major events set to take place around the world, including MineCon, ChinaJoy, Gamescom, Paris Games Week and G-Star.

MineCon, July 4-5
London, UK
Since its earliest incarnations, Minecon has since expanded to cover a host of upcoming titles as well as “Minecraft” itself. That said, online multiplayer solution “Minecraft Realms,” strategic multiplayer “Scrolls” and adventure game spin-off “Minecraft: Story Mode” are in the hopper. This year’s edition will be the first since “Minecraft” studio Mojang became part of the Microsoft family.

ChinaJoy, July 30 – August 2
Shanghai, China
A prime destination for fans of video games and creative costuming, with ChinaJoy’s Cosplay section well known worldwide. 2015’s edition is the first since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were officially released in China, and international onlookers will be eager to see how Chinese developers and manufacturers respond to appetites for mobile, social, online and virtual reality games.

Gamescom, August 5-9
Cologne, Germany
Sony won’t be there, but all the more opportunity for Xbox and Nintendo — and third-party publishers too. Gamescom has become the world’s biggest game convention, with studios and publishers of all shapes and sizes eager to meet press, industry, and fans. Plus there’s a beach area and bmx stunt show out back, and the Video Games Live tour plays three nights of concerts.

Paris Games Week, October 28 – November 1
Paris, France
Sony’s destination of choice, aside from E3, is now Paris Games Week. Second only to Gamescom in terms of visitor numbers and a major pull for French game fans wanting to try out big titles after seeing them at E3, there are additional focuses on e-sports, classic games, French products, careers, and games for children and parents as well as the usual fare.

G-Star 2015, November 12-15
Busan, Korea
South Korea has proved itself a giant in the online MMO sector, with plenty of significant operators including NCSoft (“Guild Wars 2,” “Lineage Eternal”), Nexon (“Maple Story 2,” “Ghost in the Shell Online”) and Webzen (“Archlord II,” “Mu”), and G-Star is enthusiastically attended.

Among other expos worth watching out for are Brazil Game Show in Sao Paulo (September 10-12), the Tokyo Game Show (September 17-20, the UK’s MineCon (July 4-5), Eurogamer Expo in Birmingham (September 24-27) and IgorMir in Moscow, Russia (October 1-4). -AFP/Relaxnews

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