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Games Britannia announces REPLAYED expo

Tickets for the Games Britannia: REPLAYED expo go on sale this week, with 50p out of every ticket sale going to SpecialEffect, a charity which is dedicated to helping young people with disabilities.

Games Britannia: REPLAYED, held at MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, will open its doors to the public on 7 and 8 July for a weekend of gaming events and activities to celebrate 40 years of the British videogame industry.

As well as the best in gaming, the weekend will include keynote speeches and workshops from some of the British industry's key players, plus help on breaking into the videogames industry with careers advice from Sheffield Hallam University games development academics and industry experts Blitz Academy.

In the 50 th anniversary year of Dr No, Martin Hollis, producer of the legendary Nintendo 64 game Goldeneye, will share the stage with the man who helped to reload the James Bond game for the 21 st century, Eurocom’s Tony Wills.

And marking 30 years of the Football Manager franchise, original creator Kevin Toms and current custodian of the series Miles Jacobson OBE of Sports Interactive will talk about the game and management genre’s lasting appeal.

Games Britannia founder Mark Hardisty said:“Games Britannia: REPLAYED is a little piece of E3 coming to Rotherham and Sheffield. We have a fantastic heritage in innovative and cutting-edge game development in Britain, and REPLAYED is about celebrating those games by looking at the past, present and bright future of the gaming industry on these shores.”

From 3D Monster Maze to Batman: Arkham City, Games Britannia: REPLAYED will feature some of the biggest British games, giving people the chance to celebrate games that will provide a legacy for future generations.

The ReplayAges section will showcase the best of British, American and Japanese hardware, along with examining some of the rarer and stranger devices that have appeared on the market over the last 40 years, in the Console Obscura section.

There will be a series of gaming tournaments throughout the weekend, arcade cabinets, a multiplayer lounge and a showcase of some of the best independently produced games of recent years, including UK exclusive first-plays of Majestic-12, Gunpoint Game, Redshirt and Girls Love Robots.

There will even be a board games micro-festival, with a selection of quirky and stimulating board games to try out over the weekend. And the Games Britannia after-party will feature the World Record Attempt for the physical videogame Renga, which uses giant screens and laser beams from visual interactive artists wallFour.

To find out more about Games Britannia, and to buy tickets to Games Britannia: REPLAYED, visit www.gamesbritannia.com/replayed

Notes for editors:

Games Britannia (incorporating Games Britannia: REPLAYED) is the UK's biggest videogames education and careers festival, involving seven days of workshops, activities and keynotes celebrating and inspiring the next generation of British videogame talent.

Games Britannia: REPLAYED celebrates Britain's rich heritage in designing and developing some of the most fun, innovative and cutting-edge videogames of the past 40 years.

Games Britannia is organised by a partnership including Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Brinsworth Comprehensive School Academy Trust, Replay Events and UK Interactive Entertainment, and is backed by industry companies including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sumo-Digital.

Image shows: (Left to right) UKIE’s Andy Payne, Gremlin Graphics founder Ian Stewart, Games Britannia organiser Mark Hardisty and Sheffield Hallam’s Dr Jake Habgood.

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