A group of companies with interests within the esports and gaming community have come together to organise the first Maltese Playcon Expo, which will take place from Oct 3-6 at the MFCC Ta’ Qali.
The Playcon Expo was the original brainchild of GMR Entertainment and its plans for the event have been supported by a number of other tech companies based in Malta including Gaming Malta, as well as drawing governmental support in the form of assistance from the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation.
What is Playcon?
The aim of Playcon was for the key names in the Maltese esports and gaming industry to come together and showcase what they have to offer to the wider community, all under one roof. The Playcon Expo will form part of the DELTA Summit, which itself is key component of the broader Malta Tech Week.
Playcon will serve a number of purposes. Firstly, it will offer gaming and esports enthusiasts the chance to come together to experience a number of popular esports titles, such as FIFA 2020, Tekken 7, CS:GO, League of Legends and Hearthstone.
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Student Participation & Esports Summit
Beyond that, Playcon aims to appeal to school students of various ages, who will tour Playcon and learn about a number of different aspects of the industry. This includes opportunities for careers in video game development and esports, coding workshops, the types of educational courses on offer for esports and video gaming enthusiasts and an opportunity to experience what life is like within an ‘esports house’, looking at aspects such as keeping fit, eating healthily, creating content, developing game strategy and team building.
Parents and grandparents of children are also very welcome to come along and experience what is available within Maltese esports, with a number of attractions designed to be accessible to all ages of competitors with different levels of understanding.
At the heart of the expo is a full day Game Development and Esports Summit which will take place on October 4th. A number of key figures from within the esports industry, such as CEO of ESL Ralf Reichert, as well as local esports experts and political figures with an interest in the industry, are expected to attend and speak.
Malta as a Mediterranean Esports Hub
For their part, GamingMalta, will be using the platform to showcase local game development companies and to promote the esports and gaming industry within Malta, including appealing to those with an interest in pursuing a career in esports or video gaming creation and production.
Playcon is also a key component in the Maltese government’s aim to make the island a central esports hub in the Mediterranean, both in terms of video game development and esports.
Speaking about the Playcon Expo, Kersten Chircop, the founder of GMR Entertainment stated:
“We are very excited to be organising Playcon, Malta’s first gaming development and esports expo, alongside GamingMalta. This event will provide a unique opportunity for both game enthusiasts and newcomers to experience this exciting chapter in Malta, which will bring new opportunities for the economy, for young people as well as contribute to the development of the local community.”
Playcon is open to DELTA ticket holders only on the 3rd and 4th October, but the general public are welcome to attend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October between 10am and 10pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on the Sunday
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