25 th March 2013. Gamer Network (formerly Eurogamer Network) and Replay Events are pleased to announce a partnership that will see Gamer Network managing exhibitor sales for Replay’s Play Expo 2013 video gaming event. This year’s show takes place at EventCity, Manchester on the 12 th and 13th of October.
The agreement builds on the support that Replay provide to Gamer Network’s own events (including Eurogamer Expo and Rezzed) and will also involve collaboration and sharing of resources for future projects and other business opportunities.
Rupert Loman, Founder and CEO of Gamer Network commented, "After working with Dave, Gordon and Andy at Replay for a number of years, we're delighted to be formalising a much closer working relationship. To-date, our main involvement with Replay has been for the popular and ever-expanding retro zone at the Eurogamer Expo, which Replay have designed and curated since its overwhelmingly successful introduction back in 2011.
"We were impressed with the scale and diversity of the inaugural Play Expo in Manchester and are aware of the hugely positive feedback it attracted from both visitors to the event and the games industry itself.
"Replay Events has achieved a lot in a short space of time and we firmly believe we can use our knowledge, experience and resources to contribute a great deal towards the continued expansion and success of their business.?
Dave Moore, Director at Replay Events added, "After having to remain tight-lipped for what seems like an eternity, we're delighted that our collaboration with Gamer Network can finally be announced. We've thoroughly enjoyed working on the Retro Zone at their events - and have always aspired to produce events of the same scale and calibre of Eurogamer Expo. Thanks to today's partnership announcement, our aspirations are now a reality.
"Gamer Network are the leader in UK Video Gaming events and we know that we simply couldn't have found a better organisation to partner with. Having access to their experience, contacts and sales personnel has already proven beneficial in increasing publisher support for Play Expo - and we're thrilled that gamers attending this year's show will be able to reap the rewards.
"As Gamer Network are handling sales/sponsorship for the "now.play" (modern gaming) element of Play Expo - this frees us up to concentrate on what we do best and that's delivering the finest, most expansive celebration of gaming history ever to be staged in the UK (and quite possibly, the world!).
"We will be also be making improvements to the competitive gaming aspect of Play Expo and this year's show will see a much greater emphasis on tournaments and competitions for casual gamers. Furthermore, we have some very exciting plans for an expanded Cosplay zone that will be announced in the coming months.
Play Expo returns to EventCity (next to the Trafford Centre) in Manchester on the 12 th and 13 th of October. Tickets will be available online at http://www.playexpo.net from Tuesday April 2nd.?
For more information on exhibiting at Play Expo please contact David Lilley ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
About Replay Events
Replay Events are specialists in video gaming events and equipment hire. After establishing the successful Replay Expo in Blackpool (which debuted in 2010 and was repeated in 2011) the event was rebranded as Play Expo and relocated to EventCity, Manchester in October 2012. Almost 10,000 people attended over the weekend and the number of attendees is expected to double in 2013.
Replay provide event management services to some of the biggest UK gaming events, including the annual GEEK Festival in Margate and Games Britannia, for which they were awarded the 2012 TIGA Games Industry Award for Best Educational Initiative.
Replay Events are members of both the TIGA and UKIE trade associations and are suppliers of gaming equipment to BAFTA for the annual British Academy Video Game awards.
About Gamer Network
Founded in 1999, Gamer Network Ltd (previously Eurogamer Network Ltd) publishes a range of video game websites including Eurogamer.net, the world's leading independent video games website with local editions in ten European languages. The company also publishes market-leading trade resource GamesIndustry International and Outside Xbox, a video site dedicated to the Xbox community. It also represents several partner websites including VG247.com, RockPaperShotgun.com and NintendoLife.com. In addition to its online publications, Gamer Network produces live public events and trade shows including the Eurogamer Expo, the UK's largest gaming event; Rezzed, the PC and indie games show; and GameHorizon, the games industry conference. More: www.gamer-network.net