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Melbourne International Games Week

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If you're a gamer, involved in the games industry, looking to develop a career in gaming or just want to learn a little more about it, then you won't want to miss Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW). Connecting gamers, technology and culture, this is the largest digital games celebration in Asia Pacific and runs from 29 October - 7 November 2016.

Over the week there are conferences, events and activities ranging from those suitable for everyone through to those with a focus on families, school students, educators, women, students of game development and industry professionals. On offer are street games, tournaments and competitions, expert panels, industry events, educational sessions, gaming exhibits and hands-on workshops. Locations are in the city and surrounds so access is easy. Conveniently, free wifi is available using the VicFreeWifi service, see here for more information.

With an expected attendance of over 60,000 game enthusiasts, some of the key events are:

Game Connect Asia Pacific
Unite Melbourne 2016
PAX Australia
Australian Game Developers' Awards
Games: A Family Affair
Game Changer: VR Festival
Live games from Pop Up Playground
Education in Games Summit

While digital gaming has an almost universal appeal, it's not only all about the fun factors. Gaming is the world's biggest entertainment market and also features strongly in the education and health sectors. The current and possible future applications of its technologies are enormous so choosing to make a career in gaming fosters skills and specialities that are in growing demand and likely to remain so. Some of the events held over the week include exploring the possibilities of gaming technologies for business and the community as well as multiple networking and career development opportunities for those in the gaming industry and those who may be looking to join.

So whether you're a games player, maker or enthusiast or know nothing at all about gaming but would like to, and whether you're looking to play games, have fun, do business, network, learn, experience new things, socialise or all of the above, there's something for everyone so you'll want to come along and be part of Melbourne International Games Week.

For full details see the website and follow @GamesWeekMelbs on twitter for updates on #MIGW16.
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Why? Everyone loves games
When: Events run from 29 October to 7th November
Phone: 9651 7609
Where: Melbourne and surrounds
Cost: Some free, some ticketed
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