Rumours of the death of PC and Video Gaming have been circling for years, but still prove to be greatly exaggerated. Despite naysayers predicting that there was no market for a dedicated games console. PC Gaming, likewise, was supposed to have disappeared without a trace.
Those predictions were wrong - the three major console manufacturers have sold over 100 million consoles combined since the start of this generation only four years ago. PC gaming has grown in popularity along with new and exciting ways to enjoy games - from E-Sports to Streamers to YouTube personalities building animated stories using in-game footage and beyond.
PlayersXpo, a two day massive PC and Video Gaming event at the Convention Centre, was announced this week and is dedicated to all things Game related: From blockbuster family fun entertainment to cult classic competitions, PlayersXpo has been designed by gamers for gamers to unite players from various backgrounds all over Ireland with the franchises they love.
Promising to be bigger and better than anything Ireland has seen before, PlayersXpo will showcase the latest games and technology from the major entertainment companies, including Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, the Convention Centre in Dublin will host over 20,000 attendees across 4,5000 square metres of exhibition space and a 2,000 seater auditorium.
Hosted by Independent News and Media (INM) have teamed up with 'Cogs and Marvel' to create a space that is suitable for gamers of all ages and backgrounds.
"We know games and we know gaming, but we also recognise that anyone who spent their Confirmation money on a PlayStation when it launched 22 years ago, may be planning a visit to the show with their own families now, so we’ll have something for everyone.”
- Michael Funcane, Creative Director of PlayersXpo
INM have partnered and developed some of the most attended exhibitions in the country over the years and assure attendees that they have a superior eventing structure and ticketing solution in place for the event.
Michael Finucane, Creative Director of PlayersXpo, said; "With PlayersXpo we want to make sure that visitors spend their time gaming and not queuing. We’re working hard to secure the best games and biggest names in the industry, so we want fans to be able to enjoy it when they get there! The session structure has been designed to combat any of the issues families and fans experienced in the past, with a series of carefully controlled slots available to choose from across the Bank Holiday weekend."
Finucane brings a vast experience of video games to the table with over two decades of experince in the industry, starting with his first video games business in the back of a bookstore in Dublin's Abbey Street to a chain of over 60 dedicated gaming stores employing more than 600 people.
"INM launched the first games page in a National Paper in 1994, back when Ireland sold more PlayStations per head of population than anywhere else in the world, so we know games and we know gaming - it?s in our DNA. From the biggest International YouTube stars to the Mum or Dad who plays Candy Crush, PlayersXpo will cater for everyone with some great chances to play and win across an action packed weekend of inimitable entertainment."
- Cliona Carroll, Sponsorship and Events Manager, Independent News & Media
From independent developers to gaming legends, PlayersXpo promises to be a festival of fun, with line-up and live show details to be announced throughout the summer.