The Norwich Gaming Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of video games, brought to you by The Forum. Explore the latest releases, classic retro games, coding and game technology Monday 28 May - Sunday 3 June 2018!
Enjoy a week of free gaming fun, no ticket required!
See independent games showcased by their creators, giving you the chance to find out more about their creation.
Play games from all over the UK and Europe, including local developers such as Four Circle Interactive.
Each year we welcome industry experts for talks and workshops exploring gaming culture, new technology and making a career in the industry.
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This year the festival attracted over 40,000 visitors and since 2016 over 100 developers have showcased their work.
Join us for 2018! Free exhibition space is available for developers interested in bringing a project to the Festival plus great networking opportunities and events. Applications are open now - you can find the form below.
There are also a range of sponsorship opportunities for companies with engaging content and a passion for sharing gaming and digital skills. If you'd like to get involved email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how videogames are made, acquire new skills and meet the developers who make the games.
Take part in taster sessions with our lead educational partner Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and workshops in partnership with the BAFTA Young Games Designers initiative. We have a variety of options to cater for different ages, key stages and groups.
"Norwich Games Festival is one of the most unique and exciting games festivals we've ever been to. Nowhere else will you find such a broad range of games on offer and such an open, friendly audience so eager to play them!" - Phil Duncan, Ghost Town Games
"It was incredible to attend an event that highlighted the positive elements of gaming culture – the creativity, togetherness and sheer fun" - Dean Bowman, Ready Up
"The NGF was a really exciting event to be a part of: a wonderful venue, great games and a really fun atmosphere. I can't wait to come back next year." - Tommy Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Computer Game Technology', Anglia Ruskin University
The Norwich Gaming Festival is proud to be working with Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), the Festival’s lead education partner. NUA has been involved in the Norwich Gaming Festival since the Festival’s inception in 2013.
NUA run a BA in Games Art and Design, an MA in Games and have recently launched three brand new creative science BSc courses; User Experience Design, Interaction Design and Games Development. Students from NUA will showcase their work, give talks and exhibit games throughout the Festival.
Did you miss last year's festival? Interested in getting into games? Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for talks from industry professionals! We'll be adding all of the talks from this year's festival, too!
Interested in being a Game Designer? Want to break into Games Journalism? Be sure to check out our channel!
The Forum is a public building - everyone is welcome seven days a week all year round - and the eclectic mix of free exhibitions, events, activities, catering, shopping and learning opportunities makes the Forum many things to many people.
The Forum both hosts and organises the Norwich Gaming Festival.
"I have been to dozens of gaming festivals but this one takes the cake!" - Facebook Review
"Completely amazing event, so much to do for everyone who attended. Well organised and we can't wait to return" - Facebook Review
"Great for kids and adults alike. Fab thing to do during school holidays. Thank you." - Facebook Review