The game keeps changing. To stay on top, we need to change with it. Ireland will be hosting the European Games Week from July 4-7, a combination of two Irish gaming festivals into one super-charged event. Already, the structure and speaker line up is looking great.
The Dublin Games Festival and Dublin Games Summit were separate events that ran last year, although both were organised by Neon Agency event management and driven by the same founders. This year, however, they have decided to combine those events into the European Games Week (EGW), broadening the remit of the event to a ‘European’ scale.
That’s some big ambition, but at least EGW is aiming high. While the schedule and full line-up of speakers is still being finalised ahead of the July date at the RDS, there are already a plethora of fantastic speakers lined up for the summit section of the week.
For example, among the speakers is Chris Crawford the founder of Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), arguably the biggest such gaming event in the world. There’s also Eimear Noone, who leads the Video Game Orchestra and is one of Ireland’s most brilliant gaming exports; Chester King, CEO of the British Esports Association; a former head of audio at Blizzard Games; a former CD Project Red developer and a few dozen more confirmed.
Not only will those speakers be attending the event, but there will be numerous workshops scheduled too, with organisers promising the return of their networking app, which allows registered attendees to schedule impromptu meet-ups. Nice idea.
In addition to the summit side of the European Games Week, there’s also time scheduled for the festival event. The latter will feature YouTubers, cosplay and a tournament for ‘the top four esports games’.
We will have more details on the European Games Week closer to the event, as the schedule and line-up begins to take shape further. For now, you can check out the current state of affairs and buy tickets at www.europeangamesweek.com.
Meanwhile, the game literally keeps changing in the case of Overwatch. The hugely successful online squad shooter is still going strong after three years, mainly because of the constant support and free updates provided by Blizzard.
Most recently, the team have been teasing a new Overwatch Event called Storm Rising. In the past, these events have deviated from the normal player-versus-player routine and instead had players work together in an event that reveals more about the lore of the universe.
In this case, it looks like the characters in questions will be Tracer, Mercy, Genji and Winston, as they look to put a stop to Doomfist. Hints suggest that the location will be Havana and a video short released by Blizzard had the following to say:
“Commander Morrison. I have a proposal. We’re going at catching Doomfist the wrong way. He’s clean. But his accountant,
Maximilien? Follow the money and you’ll find the dirt you need. I know you’re worried about sending the Strike Team out again after what happened with Reinhardt, but I’ve been working with them and I know they’re ready. I’m putting Tracer in charge, with Mercy, Winston, and Genji in support. She’s grown as a leader since the King’s Row mission, and I know you’ll agree. Call me back when you get this. And commander, trust me: they’ll get it done. Sojourn out.”
In addition to this new event, could Soujourn be the next hero revealed by the team? As always, Blizzard is keeping the cards close as we wait for the next update.
Finally, sometimes you keep changing, and sometimes you step away from the game altogether. On April 15, the head of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, will be retiring from the company.
Fils-Aime has been the face of Nintendo for those in the west for many years now and became even more prominent in recent times, thanks to his appearance on the regular Nintendo Direct new updates. To honour Fils-Aime’s retirement, there’s a rumour that Nintendo will do one last direct with Reggie tomorrow.
We will have to wait and see if this rumour plays out and what Nintendo will reveal, but lets hope Reggie gets his chance to say goodbye to the fans as he steps away.