While most gaming events are still being held online in May, there are the select few that’ll be in person, with COVID restrictions still in place of course. Hopefully later this year we’ll be seeing more and more events open their physical doors again. There’s nothing quite like the unique atmosphere and experience of being there live, in person, and we know we’ll get back there soon! Take a look below at May’s absolutely stacked (mostly) online gaming events schedule.
WN Conference China 2021 (Online and Off)
April 26 – May 24
WN China 2021 will actually have an online conference as well as an offline one that runs from May 13 – 14. Each conference will focus on creating opportunities and connections for game developers. Participation to each Developer Showcase is free, with access to a meeting system with “over 25,000 game industry professionals from all over the world, online lectures, expo zone with booths and developer exhibition, and a lot more,” according to their website.
FMX 2021 (Online)
May 4 – 6
Now in its 25th year, FMX will hone in on the very best of animation, effects, games, and immersive media in 2021, allowing attendees to meet professionals and students from around the world. Announced speakers include Sony Pictures Imageworks Executive Vice President Michelle Grady, and character animator and visual effects artist India Barnardo.
LA Games Conference 2021 (Online)
May 10 – 12
A 3-day online event, the LA Games Conference is a giant in game networking and meetings, making it a favorite among game, media, and investment leaders. With fireside chats, roundtables, panels, and presentations on digital game investment, creation, distribution, and monetization – this one’s for those interested in the marketing and selling of games most of all.
Beyond Games 2021 (Online)
May 10 – 14
“Exploring the frontiers where games meet music, film, sports, social media, culture, influencers, fashion, technology, lifestyle and loads more,” Beyond Games 2021 will feature 80+ speakers, 500+ attendees, and 21 hrs of cutting-edge content, live, interactive, and on-demand.
Game Carnival 2021 (Online)
May 11 – 12
The virtual trade show event Game Carnival has one of the coolest concepts around: networking and conducting business with game industry professionals while exploring a fun, digital environment called Gen XP Platform. You can even customize an avatar for the event! There’ll be news about new games, design galleries, meet-ups, speakers, and much more.
Edmonton Direct 2021 (Online)
May 15 – 16
Featuring an E-Sports competition and a mini-conference with speakers, panels, and talks; the highlights of this event include a celebration of the Mass Effect Legendary Remaster, tournaments including Super Smash Bros, Tetr.io, and Rock-Paper-Scissors, game of the year awards, and much, much more.
PDXCON Remixed (Online)
May 21 – 23
If you’re a fan of the Paradox Development Studio, this cons for you. They’ll be revealing their new game, you’ll be able to meet their development teams and ask them questions, and you can join workshops and have meet-ups with fellow Paradox fans – even participate in challenges to win prizes.
MomoCon 2021 – Atlanta, Georgia, United States
May 27 – 30
The largest gaming convention in the Southeast, MomoCon will be live in person this year, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta. According to the website, “MomoCon brings together fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much, much more over this 4 day event.”
EGC 2021 – San Antonio, Texas, United States
May 28 – 30
Also an in-person event, EGC 2021 will be held at the San Antonio Event Center. Focusing directly on fighting games, the fighting game tournaments will be open to anyone attending the event. In addition, extra stations will be set up for free play, so playing won’t always be just about winning, but also about offering a unique, relaxed opportunity to meet and mingle with other fighting game fans from around the world.
Hold on to your caps for May, there’s events everywhere for everyone! Don’t forget to bring the Gamer Goo for all your sweaty palm needs – you don’t want your hands to slip during that Street Fighter round!