Paris Games Week: The Largest Video Game Exhibition In France.
The Paris Games Week, or PGW for short, is the largest French trade fair dedicated to video games. After a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a scaled-down edition in 2022, the 2023 edition promises to be particularly festive and grandiose. Here are 5 things to know about this highly anticipated event.
This is the leading gaming event in France.
Since its launch in 2010, the Paris Games Week or PGW has established itself as the largest video game exhibition in France. With a record of 317,000 visitors in 2019, this event has entered the top 5 worldwide exhibitions dedicated to video game culture.
This event is one of the most essential gatherings for gaming enthusiasts, along with E3 in Los Angeles, Gamescom in Cologne, and the Tokyo Game Show or TGS in Japan. It is also the second-largest video game exhibition in Europe, behind Gamescom.
This highly anticipated Parisian exhibition is even more eagerly awaited by video game fans as E3 will not take place in 2023. The world's largest video game exhibition, which usually takes place in Los Angeles, has been canceled for the second consecutive year.
2- He celebrates video game culture in all its forms.
The Paris Games Week is the essential meeting place for all players in the video game industry: manufacturers, publishers, studios, and accessory makers come to present the end-of-year novelties and next year's games in preview.
The latest technological innovations and e-sports competitions are also in the spotlight to the delight of enthusiasts. From retro gaming to future games, all types of games are represented at this trade show dedicated to pop culture and the pleasure of playing. Specialized schools in this sector are also present at the trade show.
On the public side, players, families, cosplay enthusiasts, and curious individuals come to enjoy a moment of total immersion in the world of video games. Conviviality and sharing around the passion for gaming are the keywords of this festive and family event.
3- It takes place in the autumn at the Porte de Versailles.
Since its very first edition in October 2010, the Paris Games Week has traditionally taken place in autumn at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris.
Only the Covid-19 pandemic prevented this major video game event from taking place in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, the PGW made its comeback at Pavilion 1 of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from November 2nd to November 6th, 2022, under the theme "Paris Games Week Restart".
Once again this year, PGW 2023 will be held at Porte de Versailles in autumn, from November 1st to November 5th. At the same time, the Game Connection Europe, the business event of the video game industry, will take place within the Paris Games Week on November 2nd and 3rd, 2023.
4- The 2023 edition takes it to the next level.
After a 2022 edition reduced to a single exhibition hall, the 2023 edition promises to take it to the next level with the theme "Paris Games Week Next Level".
This year, the largest French video game fair will take place from November 1st to 5th in halls 1, 2.2, and 3 of Paris Expo. This edition will be bigger, more ambitious, and even more welcoming for visitors of all ages.
Regular attendees of this event will find all the ingredients that have made the success of PGW, including:
• The opportunity to test the most anticipated video games in advance, such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 8, or Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown!
• The chance to embody their favorite hero by participating in a stunning cosplay contest, the PGW Cosplay Championship.
• The possibility to attend high-level e-sport tournaments and witness the best players in the world compete.
5- This salon has many surprises in store for you.
Even if you are a regular at the Paris Games Week, the 2023 Next Level edition will surprise you with unprecedented animations for all tastes.
On the agenda: meetings with video game developers, workshops and demonstrations, virtual reality and live mural painting. Visitors can even go to the customization workshop to have an object of their choice personalized for free by an artist from the ARTtitude publishing house.
The SilverGeek tournament, reserved for players over 65 years old, is back for an eighth edition. This intergenerational sharing moment will once again prove that video games are a hobby for everyone, regardless of age.
Finally, if you are unable to attend in person, know that you can follow the event remotely through numerous streams.