A Summary of Sweden Game Festival 2016
On October 22nd and 23rd Sweden Game Festival made its debute at Arena Skövde. The festival was open to the public, attracting nearly 3000 visitors and the schedule offered a wide range of activities including Cosplay, E-sports and an expo with VR and games among other things.
One month has passed since Sweden Game Festival 2016 came to an end and here is a summary with some of the highlights!
During the whole festival there was a game expo with indie companies in the Indie-Cator as well as young studio startups from The Game Incubator and established studios such as Stunlock Studios showing off their latest game Battlerite. The VR games on display was very popular and drew long lines of visitors eager to try out the latest in gaming.
Stylearo offered the young visitors the possibility to try painting in 3D with their magical paint brush, and guests of all ages were welcome to try programming at Balthazar Science Centre’s booth. Even without any prior knowledge in coding, you had the opportunity to program a simple game, and besides that you could also experience magic tricks and try your knowledge in their games quiz.
MSI presented their new VR laptops, and also their latest novelty the VR ONE backpack computer, which before Sweden Game Festival had only been demonstrated at two occasions.
They organized contests and raffles, and handed out many prizes, including graphics cards, gaming headsets and inflatable swords.
Guests from the Danish gaming community were also on site during the festival, and visitors could meet R2-D2, Wall-E and their creator Thomas Nixon from Stockholm Droid Factory.
For those interested in studying game development, both the University of Skövde and Folkuniversitetet were available on site to inform and answer questions. Visitors also had the opportunity to experience game development close up at the Open Game Jam area, where four games where developed live in King’s game engine Defold.
There was also a Cosplay competition during the Saturday of the festival, on the theme Video Game Characters. Despite some unfortunate last minute drop-outs the competition and it’s five brave competitors attracted a huge audience!
There were four prizes, and the winners of the different categories were:
- Ellinor Vinghammar as Sweet Autumn from Sanctum 2 – Best Cosplay & People’s Choice
- Linda Andersson as Velvet from Odin Sphere – Best Craftsmanship
- Linn Kraft as Mettaton NEO from Undertale – Best Stage Presence
Judges for the contest were:
- Erika Erikson – Cosplayer at Morran Cosplay
- Pauline Engdahl – Writer for Eurogamer and cosplayer at Crofteria Cosplay
- Thomas Nixon – Stockholm Droid Factory
- Billie Johansson – Pattern Designer and seamstress
- Erik Wikström – Convention organizer and chairman for the Skövde based anime club Afish
The jury decided on three of the prizes while the fourth, People’s choice, was decided by votes from the audience.
On Saturday of the festival there was a tournament in Stunlock Studios’ Battlerite for Secondary school teams.
Winners were Aleholm e-sport from Aleholm, second place went to LNS from IT-gymnasiet and on third place were Saltcorner from Västerhöjdsgymnasiet.
During Sunday, the finals of Sweden Game Arena E-sport Challenge took place, a tournament in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sponsored by MSI. 11 teams were competing for the prize sum of 30 000 SEK and five MSI INTERCEPTOR DS100 Gaming Mice, and after two days of tough playing Dead Pixels from Strömbäcks Folkhögskola in Umeå was named the winners. Congratulations!
Photos by: Sebastian Bularca. Click to see more pictures from the festival!