10 indie game events coming in 2020 that you can’t miss

2020 will bring in a number of indie game events and we’ve assembled a round-up that takes us from North America to Europe and Australia.

Whether you’re making an indie game, or you just enjoy playing indie games—there’s plenty of events scattered throughout the year. Here’s our round-up of the ones you need to keep an eye on in 2020.

PAX South

Where: San Antonio, USA
When: 17–19 January 2020
What: Penny Arcade Expo has several editions, but it all starts in January with PAX South. Apart from a big show floor, expect free play areas for all kinds of gaming, be it analogue or digital, indie or AAA. Also expect tournaments, panels, and performances.
Website: https://south.paxsite.com

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PAX East

Where: Boston, USA
When: 27 February–1 March 2020
What: PAX East features everything you’ll find in other PAX conferences, so expect a big show floor and lots of room to play games of all shades and stripes.
Website: https://east.paxsite.com

SXSW Gaming

Where: Austin, USA
When: 13–22 March 2020
What: SXSW may be better known for movies and music, but it’s also got a robust gaming convention that’s not just about video games, but even tabletop games. They’ve also got classic arcade games, if you’d like a slice of nostalgia (or history).
Website: https://www.sxsw.com/exhibitions/gaming-expo

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Where: San Francisco, USA
When: 16–20 March 2020
What: The Game Developers Conference has been going strong since the 1980s (!), and has hosted developers both big and small. Being a developer-focused conference, it’s particularly great if you want to hone your craft and learn more about how games get made. Most importantly for indie devs, the GDC is home to the Independent Games Festival, which includes the IGF competition.
Website: https://www.gdconf.com

EGX Rezzed

Where: London, UK
When: April 2020 (Dates not announced yet)
What: Rezzed was created by game publications Eurogamer and Rock, Paper, Shotgun as an indie-focused convention. It’s smaller than EGX, but that’s perfect for indies. There’s also developer sessions where developers talk about their craft, and you can talk to indie developers on the show floor.
Website: https://www.egx.net/rezzed

Nordic Game

Where: Malmö, Sweden
When: 27–29 May 2020
What: Nordic Game is focused on games from the Nordic region of Europe, but it’s got developers from all over the world, as well as many networking opportunities.
Website: https://conf.nordicgame.com

PAX West

Where: Seattle, USA
When: August/September 2020 (Dates not announced yet)
What: PAX West is the original PAX, and you can expect everything there that you’ll find at the other PAX conferences. Of special note is The Pax 10, a curated list of indie games selected by industry experts every year.
Website: https://west.paxsite.com

Full Indie Summit

Where: Vancouver, Canada
When: September 2020 (Dates not announced yet)
What: As the name implies, the Full Indie Summit is dedicated from top to bottom to indie developers, and it is focused on the indie community of Vancouver, as well as the larger Pacific Northwest area.
Website: https://www.fullindiesummit.com



Where: Santa Monica, USA
When: October 2020 (Dates not announced yet)
What: Indiecade Festival is possibly the largest festival dedicated exclusively to indie games, and it’s got everything from networking and business opportunities to workshops, tournaments and awards. And of course—lots and lots of indie games. The 2019 edition of IndieCade is taking place from 10-12 October.
Website: https://www.indiecade.com


Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: October 2020 (Dates not announced yet)
What: PAX Australia is the only PAX conference that takes place outside of the USA, and this one focuses on Australian devs. Look out for the PAX AUS Indie Showcase, which showcases indie devs from Australia, and also the PAX Rising showcase, where you’ll find lots of other indie games.
Website: https://aus.paxsite.com

Also check out our interview with Robin Gray, the founder and editor of Gayming Magazine. Want the low-down on the newest games coming this week? Have a look at our weekly round-up here.

This Article was written by: Rahul Shirke

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