Calling all gamers and developers, this Summer will see a new dedicated gaming convention open its doors in New York City for the very first time. Simply dubbed Play NYC, the ambitious event will run from August 19-20th, and is organized by veteran gaming events company Playcrafting. Expected to play host to well over 5,000 attendees, Play NYC will intends to connect players and creators alike.
The venue for such an occasion? Manhattan’s prestigious Terminal 5, perhaps best known to people as a live concert venue that normally sees the likes of The Cranberries and Kasabian play to sell-out audiences. Play NYC however will see it teeming with passionate people from all corners of the gaming industry across 21,000 square feet of indoor Expo space, 3 floors, and a rooftop deck.
Playcrafting Founder and CEO Dan Butchko describes the event as “New York’s version of PAX meets GDC”, hoping to make Play NYC the game convention that the Big Apple has spent so long without and ultimately deserves. “We’ve been doing Playcrafting expos for about four years now,” said Butchko. “What started as originally ten developers sitting in a room and showing their games to each other has exploded. It’s a huge indicator that this is the kind of event the New York community needs.”
It certainly looks like there won’t be a shortage of activities to indulge in. With a balanced mixture of games spanning mobile, console, and PC spread across 100+ booths, all will feature various familiar studios and publishers both large and small. Play NYC aims to be a spectacle that caters to almost every type of player and creator.
Doors for Play NYC will open at 10am both days, with general admission prices starting at just $25. Premium Dev and Pro tickets are also available for those who want to make the most of the many talks and panels being held throughout the weekend, occurring at John Jay College just 2 blocks away.
Tickets can be purchased now from play-nyc.com, so grab one soon if you’d like to be one of the first to see this ambitious gaming event.