London Games Festival returns after a successful 2016 edition from 30 March to 9 April. Favourites from last year like the Games Finance Market and Now Play This will be back, and the whole festival will be capped by the BAFTA Games Awards on 6 April.
Highlights of the festival are:
- EGX Rezzed (30 March–1 April) – showcasing upcoming PC, console and indie games, with a keynote address by Ken Levine, the creator of BioShock
- Now Play This (7–9 April) – a three-day festival aimed at exploring the wider possibilities of games, incluing an exhibition of 40 games comprising digital, physical and a combination of the two
- Games Finance Market (4–6 April) – connecting investors with interactive entertainment professionals, open to 60 games companies and 60 investors
- London Games Festival Fringe – including Literature and Games at the British Library, Horror Lock-In at Loading Bar, and the London Gaming Market
- Dear Esther Live (1 April) – a live playthrough of the accomplished indie game with a live soundtrack
- A games character parade (register here to take part)
- Plus summits, an exclusive eSports tournament, outdoor activities, a variety of speakers – including Head of Digital Development at the National Theatre, Toby Coffey – and more
The BAFTA Game Awards nominations include Batman: Arkham VR, Forza Horizon 3, No Man's Sky, Overcooked, Planet Coaster, and Virginia for Best British Game. Overcooked also features in best Debut and Family Game, Batman Arkham VR for Best Game Innovation and Virginia for Best Music.