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PLAY Expo Manchester Brings in The Heavy Guns, Inviting Visitors to Experience Battlezone® for PlayStation® VR!

Manchester’s Biggest Gaming Expo to Feature Acclaimed Virtual Reality Reboot

Manchester, England – September 1, 2016 – PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, announced today that acclaimed UK developer Rebellion will be bringing their stunning reboot of Battlezone to the Expo, taking place at EventCity, Manchester, October 8th and 9th 2016.

Designed for the next generation of virtual reality devices and appearing first on PlayStation® VR, Battlezone delivers intense first-person tank warfare across gorgeous neon landscapes, combining the instant adrenaline of the arcade with a deeper tactical challenge. Battlezone is a bold homage to Atari’s classic 1980 arcade game, widely regarded as the forefather of virtual reality gaming with its distinctive periscope display.

Visitors to PLAY Expo will be amongst the first in the world to experience the high intensity virtual warfare for themselves, competing again each other in thrilling state-of-the-art virtual reality!

Battlezone is our first big name announcement for the show and is one of many! PLAY Expo Manchester will continue to add AAA games and unmissable surprises to the roster. We really do believe this will be our greatest expo ever and we couldn’t be happier to have the team from Rebellion bring Battlezone to the event,” said Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “VR is the must-try gaming experience this Christmas and visitors to PLAY Expo get to experience PlayStation VR before it goes on sale to the public. We’ll also have a host of other VR formats to try out over the weekend. When you combine this with the masses of other new titles on show, one-of-a-kind panels, a world-class retro gaming section and so much more still to announce, we think that PLAY Expo represents superb value for money and the ideal day.”

“We’re excited to be bringing Battlezone to PLAY Expo Manchester this October and are confident that gamers will love what they see,” said Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley. “VR really does need to be experienced first-hand, and PLAY Expo is the ideal opportunity for the whole family to try this next-generation entertainment for themselves.”

Returning for its fifth year, PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

For more information on Battlezone, please visit: http://www.battlezone.com/en

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2016, please visit: http://www.playexpomanchester.com/ and follow Replay Events on Facebook, and Twitter.

Exhibitors, traders and press interested in PLAY Expo Manchester can contact the Replay Events team at: [email protected].

 

PLAY Expo Manchester Announces Huge Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Manchester’s Biggest Gaming Expo Honours Legendary Gaming Series with Unmissable Weekend of Activity

 

Manchester, England – August 11, 2016 – PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, announced today a huge roster of events, taking place throughout the weekend, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Tomb Raider with a one-time-only series of events, proving unmissable for fans of the franchise.

In tribute to gaming’s first lady of adventure, the party starts with what is set to be the largest Tomb Raider panel ever assembled! Hosted by Sky Sports eSports commentator Matt Andrews, and with a host of famous names throughout the history of the franchise, fans will be able to engage in a Q&A with the panel as well as hear untold stories from the development of the series. With more names yet to announce, confirmed guests include:

  • Ian Livingstone CBE: Former CEO of Eidos® Interactive
  • Natalie Cook: Lara Croftoriginal model for Tomb Raider
  • Richard Morton: Lead Game Designer / Level Designer / Environmental Artist – Tomb Raider IITomb Raider IIITomb Raider: The Last RevelationTomb Raider ChroniclesTomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Gavin Rummery: Programmer for Tomb RaiderTomb Raider IITomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness / Head of Core® Design
  • Heather Gibson: Level Designer for Tomb Raider / Tomb Raider II
  • Andy Sandham: Level Designer / Artist / Script Writer – Tomb Raider IIITomb Raider: The Last RevelationTomb Raider Chronicles
  • Murti Schofield: Lead Writer / Casting – Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Nathan McCree: Composer – Tomb RaiderTomb Raider IITomb Raider III

With so many cast and development members’ together at last, no reunion on this scale would be complete without the opportunity to capture the moment, and a Tomb Raider themed photo shoot will be the perfect place stand shoulder-to-shoulder with gaming’s greatest heroes!

In a feat worthy of Lara herself, PLAY Expo Manchester has scoured the globe unearthing the rarest of Tomb Raider collectibles, merchandise and memorabilia, on show in a specially designed display. Respecting the ground-breaking gameplay that has defined the series for two decades, PLAY Expo Manchester journeys through time, with every single Tomb Raider game throughout the ages on display and ready to play!

Industry legend Ian Livingstone CBE, who played such an enormous role in the success of the series will be hosting a separate talk on his staggering career in gaming.

Offering a separate discussion, renowned musician and composer of the first three Tomb Raider games Nathan McCree joins the expo hosting a talk on the sound design of the franchise and the importance of audio in games today.

Tomb Raider is a cultural phenomenon and a franchise which means so much to so many gamers. We couldn’t be more excited to make PLAY Expo Manchester the destination of choice for a 20th anniversary celebration of such a grand scale,” said Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “Tomb Raider fans simply cannot afford to miss out on PLAY Expo Manchester and this years’ show is shaping up to be extraordinary! We’re working hard to ensure that the expo provides something for everyone and with so much yet to announce we’re confident that the expo will prove to be an unmissable date on every gamers’ calendar.”

PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

 For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2016, please visit http://www.playexpomanchester.com/ and follow Replay Events on Facebook, and Twitter.

Exhibitors, traders and press interested in PLAY Expo Manchester can contact the Replay Events team at: [email protected].

 

PLAY Expo Manchester Welcomes Machinima® As Official Streaming Partners

Legendary Online Video Platform to Stream Exclusive Content Throughout the Weekend

 

Manchester, England – September 17, 2016 – PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, announced today that Machinima®, the hugely popular online video platform, will serve as the official streaming partner for the two-day gaming event, taking place at EventCity, Manchester, October 8th and 9th 2016.

As the official streaming partner for PLAY Expo Manchester, Machinima will be broadcasting from their custom streaming lounge on the expo floor. With their trademark blend of anarchy and humour, Machinima will present a constant stream of content including gaming industry interviewers, celebrity appearances, coverage of the expo floor, cosplay guests and surprises galore! Viewers can expect the unexpected and are promised a weekend of gaming programming like no other!

Cultivator of fandom and gamer culture, Machinima, creates, curates and celebrates the best gamer content across multiple video platforms. As one of the largest online video platforms in the world, Machinima programs to a community passionate about video games, animation, movies, TV, and the other endless forms of pop culture, reaching over 151 million viewers each month.

“PLAY Expo continues to grow in scope and ambition, we’re certain it’s going to be our biggest event ever, and we are so excited to be welcoming world-famous Machinima to PLAY Expo as our official streaming partners,” said Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “Real gamers know that Machinima is in a league of its own and we’re certain that they’ll do justice to PLAY Expo with a constant stream of compelling content. With many more big-name publishers and special events still to announce, we have no doubt Machinima will have their work cut out to cover it all!”

Daniel Routledge, CEO for MachinimaSBOC Ltd said, “MachinimaSBOC are proud to be an official partner of PLAY Expo Manchester 2016. We’ll be live streaming from the two-day event on YouTube Gaming, Twitch, Periscope and Facebook Live showcasing some great current and retro games, interviews, competitions and our trademark wrongness and quirky entertainment on the 8th-9th October.”

Returning for its fifth year, PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

\For more information on Machinima, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram simply by searching Machinima SBOC.

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2016, please visit: http://www.playexpomanchester.com/ and follow Replay Events on Facebook, and Twitter.

Exhibitors, traders and press interested in PLAY Expo Manchester can contact the Replay Events team at: [email protected].

 

PLAY Expo Manchester Transforms into “Suplex City” with the Arrival of WWE® 2K17 from 2K!

Manchester’s Biggest Gaming Expo Welcomes Legendary Franchise with a Special Message from the Advocate for WWE® Superstar Brock Lesnar – Paul Heyman!

 

Manchester, England – September 27, 2016 – PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, announced today that 2K will bring WWE® 2K17 to the popular event, taking place at EventCity, Manchester, October 8th and 9th 2016.

Coming off the heels of WWE® 2K16, which earned critical press and fan acclaim, WWE 2K17 arrives as the reigning and defending flagship WWE video game franchise champion with stunning graphics, ultra-authentic gameplay and a massive roster of WWE and NXT’s popular Superstars and Legends. Aiming to be the definitive WWE game of a generation, WWE 2K17 hits the squared circle with an incredible roster of playable Superstars (excluding downloadable content) and fans who move quickly to pre-order will be rewarded with two playable characters of the legendary WWE and WCW® Superstar Goldberg, as well as playable WCW Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas! With the return of WWE action to in-crowd and backstage areas, along with incredible next-gen, motion-captured graphics, WWE 2K17 brings players closer to the action than ever before.

WWE 2K17 releases on October 11th, 2016, but visitors to PLAY Expo Manchester get to play the game before public release, a fact not lost on Paul Heyman, the advocate for the WWE 2K17 cover Superstar, Brock Lesnar. In fact, Mr. Heyman is so excited by the news that he took time out from his busy schedule to record an exclusive message to UK fans attending the show. To hear what Paul Heyman has to say, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz7DUNXD4BE.

“2K have knocked it out of the park once again, and it’s obvious that WWE 2K17 will be something very special indeed for wrestling fans. We’re incredibly excited to add yet another AAA game to our list of titles and have no doubt this year’s Expo will be our biggest and best yet,” said Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “Looking after his client, Brock Lesnar, is a full-time job, and we’re incredibly grateful that a man of Paul Heyman’s importance took time to record a special message to his UK fans. Whilst we are not surprised that an event of PLAY Expo’s magnitude is on his radar, we’re still thankful for his support and endless enthusiasm for our show!”

Returning for its fifth year, PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

For more information on WWE 2K17, please visit: https://wwe.2k.com/

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2016, please visit: http://www.playexpomanchester.com/ and follow Replay Events on Facebook, and Twitter.

Exhibitors, traders and press interested in PLAY Expo Manchester can contact the Replay Events team at: [email protected].

 

PLAY Expo Manchester to Host the eSports Tournament, Red Bull 5G

Manchester’s Biggest Gaming Expo Now Home to The Northern UK Qualifier of Prestigious eSports Tournament, Red Bull 5G.

 

Manchester, England – August 23, 2016 – PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, announced today that they are to host the Red Bull 5G, with the official northern qualifier of the competition taking place exclusively at the show.

Returning for its fifth year at EventCity, Manchester on October 8th and 9th 2016, the legendary video game expo promises to be the biggest and best yet, inviting the region’s best gamers to take part in the tournament, battle it out for supremacy and play for a coveted space at the Red Bull 5G final taking place in November 2016.

Originating in Japan where the first tournament took place in 2012, the Red Bull 5G is inspired by traditional 5 vs 5 martial arts tournaments, playing homage to the classic rivalry between east and west, and a growing culture of competitive gaming. With a grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan in December, those entering the tournament select their game of choice from five critically-acclaimed titles across five different genres. Gamers can choose from Hearthstone, League of Legends, Project Cars, Rocket League or Street Fighter V. Are northerners better at video games than southerners? We’re about to find out!

“PLAY Expo Manchester has become an unmissable event for all gamers and we couldn’t be more excited that the eSports Tournament, Red Bull 5G will play a part in the event this October,” said Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “Building on the shows heritage as a ‘celebration of gaming’, this years’ event really does have has something for everyone. Retro games and arcades, AAA titles and new releases, talks and Q&A with industry legends, cosplay, pro-gaming and so much more, PLAY Expo Manchester 2016 is going to be a great day out and amazing value with everything we’ve got going on. All the latest news will be on our website, Facebook and Twitter so stay tuned for more!”

PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

Red Bull 5G is open for anyone to enter. More information and how to take part in Red Bull 5G, please visit: www.redbull5g.com

and: http://www.playexpomanchester.com/play-expo-manchester-to-host-red-bull-5g-esports-tournament

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2016, please visit http://www.playexpomanchester.com/ and follow Replay Events on Facebook , and Twitter.

Exhibitors, traders and press interested in PLAY Expo Manchester can contact the Replay Events team at: [email protected].

About Replay Events

Replay Events is a unique, UK-based company specialising in the organisation of video gaming events and the supply of games consoles, computers and related equipment. The Replay Events team are responsible for staging some of the UK’s biggest gaming shows, such PLAY Expo Manchester, PLAY Expo Blackpool and PLAY Expo Glasgow.

Replay Events provide equipment and technical expertise to a number of highly successful video game and technology-themed exhibitions. The company were proud to receive the Best Education Initiative award from TIGA for their work on the Games Britannia festival and were finalists in the 2014 and 2016 MCV awards.

Clients include BAFTA, Gamer Network, Science Centre Singapore, Museum of Science and Industry, Endemol, The Urbis Museum, The Gadget Show, GAME, North Tyneside Council and the National Media Museum.

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