Yes, nothing short of mega gaming news for Australian gamers as tonight EB games revealed what they hope to be the biggest gaming event in Australia with the EB Games Expo. The press release is as follows:
BRISBANE, Queensland–May. 11, 2011—EB Games, Australia’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer, today announced what will be the biggest gaming event in Australian history, the EB Games EXPO.
To be held on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th October, EB Games EXPO will showcase the hottest new releaseand upcoming titles playable for the first time in Australia plus exciting live presentations from international game developers spanning across 10,000 square meters at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), GoldCoast, Queensland.
After 3 years of work behind the scenes on the project, Trent Weekes, EB Games National Events Manager, explained that the EB Games EXPO will unite the Australian gaming community and will give gamers the opportunity to experience the biggest and best of what the industry has to offer on a scale that hasn’t previously been accomplished in Australia.
“Our internal October conference is already Australia’s largest gaming event which attracts a huge amount of international gaming talent, so it was a natural progression that we open the event to the gaming community. While full exhibiter lists will be released in the coming months, we’re really excited that we are able to offer a gaming event of this scale in Australia which will give the gaming community a chance to get their hands on such high caliberplayable code as we did internally last October with Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, Dragon Age and Duke Nukem to namea few,” Weekes stated.
Having experienced EB Games internal conferences for many years, Edward Fong, Managing Director of Ubisoft, stated that the EB Games EXPO was a great step forward for the Australian Gaming Industry allowing gamers to immerse themselves and celebrate the best of what the industry has to offer on a scale never before seen in Australia.
“We’re extremely excited about being part of this inaugural event with EB Games,” Fong Stated. “It’s a great initiative, and something that the Australian public has been asking for. We can’t wait for the opportunity for our fans to get their hands on our latest Christmas blockbusters – before they hit the shelves.”
Scott Mulholland, Sales Director for Electronic Arts Australia, also expressed his excitement about being a part of EBGames EXPO stating, “Electronic Arts is delighted to be a contributing supplier to the EB Expo. This will be a first class showcase event of the world’s best video games and is a great opportunity for the public to get hands on with so manytitles ahead of launch.”
There will be a variety of different events across EB Games EXPO with the first, we are pleased to announce, being the inaugural Australian Final of World Cyber Games, the world’s largest international e-sport tournament and festival as well as the EB Arena spectacular featuring Showtime FMX performing heart pounding freestyle motocross.Tickets go on sale Thursday 2nd June through EB Games and online at www.ebexpo.com.au.
I for one am extremely excited about this event and hope to be able to purchase a ticket the moment they go on sale. It’ll certainly go along way for missing out on E3! Let us know your opinions on this in the comments below.