EGX is a gaming expo in Birmingham that has been going for 9 years. Prior to 2014, known as the Eurogamer Expo, it has been named the UK’s biggest games event and the show is held once a year. It invites gaming fans to view the games showcase, impressive set ups, and demonstrations. EGX gives companies in the industry the chance to get their name and products out there.
EGX has demos for up-and-coming games as well as already released popular titles. It features a dedicated corner for indie games and their developers, shopping for nerdy stuff and big companies such as Corsair selling products for your PC and console gaming needs. There are a variety of games for all major consoles and PC.
My First Time
I had the privilege to attend EGX for the first time this year. I’ve got to say, it’s the biggest convention I’ve been to so far. I had a lot of fun at EGX. I got to play some games I can’t wait for like Kingdom Hearts and Spyro. The lines were pretty long, lasting anywhere up to one or two hours, but it was worth waiting so I could get my hands on that controller.
Other major games that were there included:
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Call of Duty Black Ops 4
- Hitman 2
- Life is Strange 2
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee.
There were also designated areas for Minecraft and Fortnite.
A few companies had stands. They sold products, held shows, talked about their upcoming games and had giveaways. Some of the stands held competitions such as Corsair and Intel where you could win some of their products, which included prizes ranging from snapback caps to brand new keyboards. ESL UK, who do professional e-sports, also held tournaments at the event.
More To Show
There weren’t just big games and companies at this event. There were Cosplay competitions along with retro gaming, EGX theatre, meet and greets, and tabletop games. The were several meet and greets were for YouTubers and streamers throughout the weekend, provided by tashnarr!
He’s a twitch partner specializing in gaming and Pokémon YouTubers:
- Ace trainer Liam
- Bird Keeper Toby
- Fient Attacks
Cyborg Angel, FragManSaul and sizzsarz were also there. Outside Xbox, outside Xtra and Eurogamer held signings throughout the weekend as well.
EGX theatre is where panels were held with developers, writers and other folks in the industry. They talked about the games they helped produce and answered people’s questions. Retro games was an area where they have loads of retro games to play They held a retro games world cup this year where they placed games head-to-head to find out what the audience’s all-time favorite game was.
Cosplay and Tabletop Gaming
The Cosplay competitions were held all weekend. Thursday and Friday were just normal cosplay competitions. Saturday was the cosplay championships and Sunday was the cosplay showcase and European Cosplay Gathering. Finally, there’s tabletop games which was a section where a variety of tabletop games playable by anyone who wanted to play a tabletop game with their friends while they were there.
In conclusion, EGX is a gaming event that has a little bit for everyone. Whether you are there to play some demos, see youtubers and streamers, or just to have fun with friends, playing some games. No matter your age if you have an interest in games there will be something there for you. EGX is definitely an event worth going to, I had a lot of fun and want to go again next year.