Press Release | PLAYTOPIA MGA | 5 – 7 DECEMBER 2019

PLAYTOPIA MGA: Indie Games & Immersive Arts Festival

Date: 5 December 2019 – 7 December 2019
Times: Thursday 10:00 – 00:00 / Friday 10:00 – 01:00 / Sunday 10:00 – 01:00
Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Tickets: R180 – R5000 available on Quicket | http://bit.ly/2W9xMpf
Website: http://www.playtopia.co.za
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2JgiqKw

TICKETS ARE LIMITED – BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

Taking cues from international alternative games festivals, PLAYTOPIA MGA marks South Africa’s debut homegrown celebration of games and interactive art. Producing a series of surprise global hits, South Africa’s game makers (and their unique creations) have landed up on the international map, and Playtopia MGA stands to celebrate the country’s diverse game development and immersive arts community, to inspire the next generation of creators, gamers and enthusiasts. Collecting the best of local art and games alongside international contemporaries, Playtopia MGA promises to be one of a kind African gaming and tech art celebration. This festival is truly the future of entertainment!

PLAYTOPIA and MAKE GAMES AFRICA (MGA) have joined forces to make one ecstatic 3-day event where attendees can revel in local and international indie games, eye melting interactive and digital art and a killer music line-up! There will be two conferencing streams available to delegates this year, the MGA Business To Business Conference and the Playtopia Talks aimed at delegates interested in the creative side of game development. Playtopia delegates are invited to attend talks, panels and workshops hosted by both international and local industry experts in the field of Indie Game development and the MGA talks are aimed at business development of gaming within the African context, tickets are very limited and booking is essential!

Gamers, developers and event goers will have a plethora of games, music, food and experiential art to enjoy. Exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 30+ alternative, art and party games, a Super Friendship Arcade room with games played on custom controllers, VR rooms and music entertainment.

NB – Please take note: MGA tickets and Playtopia Talks tickets will be priced differently, and whilst an MGA ticket gives you complete all access, a Playtopia Talks ticket will not give you access to the MGA talks.

This event is a strictly 18+, the reason being that some of the games are not suitable for children.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

PLAYTOPIA MAIN EXHIBITION:
The main Playtopia exhibition is a hand-picked collection of games, playful experiences and interactive narratives. The exhibition representing some of the most inventive, vibrant and moving games of recent years. A selection of both South African, and international titles, the exhibition includes critically acclaimed indie releases, as well as under-recognized gems, celebrating the future of digital storytelling, and playful art.

Super Friendship Arcade “Punk Game Party” Exhibition:
Super Friendship Arcade is an ever-growing collective of friends using games to hack The Planet. Creating pop-up arcades in unexpected spaces, SFA breaks down the typical ‘gamer’ stereotype, celebrating games that are welcoming, easy to pick up, and most importantly, shared experiences that bring people together.  SFA’s message is that games are for everyone! Not just for everyone to play; games are for everyone to make too! Through jams and workshop’s, the SFA gang share their passion and experience with new comers, aiming to grow an ever more diverse and vibrant community of DIY game developers.

SFA’s ‘Punk Game Party’ exhibition collects the best of the communities 5 year output. Expect irreverent party games, and joyful multiplayer experiences, played with unique, hand-made controllers and digital toys.

MUSIC:

Music artists for the event includes Thor Rixon, Tommy Gun, Markus Wormstorm, Julia Robert, Sassquatch and many more!

WHERE:

PLAYTOPIA MGA will again take place in the oldest building in South Africa, The Castle of Good Hope, a maze of rooms and history. This collision of past and future adds energy and creativity to the PLAYTOPIA MGA setting.

PLAYTOPIA SPEAKERS:

PLAYTOPIA speakers includes the likes of Mitu Khandaker (USA), Kamina Vincent (Australia), Johan Gjestland (Norway), Nicole He (USA), Evan Greenwood (Creative  Director Freelives), Robin Baumgarten (Germany), Ingrid Kopp (Electric South), Hanna Fogelberg (Sweden) and many more!

For the full line-up on PLAYTOPIA and MGA Speakers, visit:  https://www.playtopia.co.za.

INSTALLATION ARTISTS

2019’s installation artists include Inka Kendzia, Tulips & Chimneys (Eden Labs ‘The Lost Botanist’), Emma Jean Wrigley, Tim Smith, Noël Labridy and more!

For the full line-up on installation artists, visit: https://www.playtopia.co.za.

TICKETS:

PLAYTOPIA TICKET 3 DAY PASS: R340
PLAYTOPIA TICKET 1 DAY PASS: R180

*This ticket grants you access to the games arcade, interactive art exhibits and entertainment areas of the event. No access to talks.

PLAYTOPIA TALKS DELEGATE 3 DAY PASS: R600
PLAYTOPIA TALKS DELEGATE 1 DAY PASS: R250

*A Playtopia delegate ticket grants you access to all Playtopia talks, games arcade, interactive art exhibits and entertainment areas. No access to MGA talks.

MGA INTERNATIONAL DELEGATE ALL ACCESS 3 DAY PASS: R5000
MGA LOCAL DELEGATE ALL ACCESS 3 DAY PASS: R3000
MGA STUDENT/START UP ALL ACCESS DELEGATE 3 DAY PASS: R1250

*MGA ticket grants you all access to every aspect of the event. You have access to MGA talks, Playtopia talks, games arcade, interactive art exhibits and entertainment areas.

FOR MORE INFO AND TICKET SALES, PLEASE VISIT: https://www.playtopia.co.za

PLAYTOPIA MGA CONTACT:

Website: http://www.playtopia.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlaytopiaFest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Playtopia_Fest

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