The largest trade show dedicated to video games will be held from November 2 to 6 after the cancellations of the last two editions due to the pandemic.
The “Paris Games Week”, the largest French exhibition dedicated to video games, returns this year from November 2 to 6 at the Porte de Versailles, after the cancellation of two editions consecutive due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its organizers announced on Wednesday.
“The French video game is going to find its party. What an immense joy to be able to meet again! We are going to offer all our communities of players who are so committed to this benchmark event that they have helped to shape for more than 10 years. “, comments Nicolas Vignolles, general delegate of the Syndicate of leisure software publishers (Sell), quoted in a press release.
“A Huge Party”
The Sell had been forced to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021, considering that it could not take place online only.
“The PGW is above all a huge party and a unique physical event. (…) We do not conceive of offering a reduced or degraded experience”, argued the professional union
If “Paris Games Week” is not usually the place for major video game announcements, the show remains important for French “gamers” who have the opportunity to test the main titles expected in preview.
In a trend still largely accelerated by the pandemic, major video game publishers are unveiling their next titles at their own online events, and shunning trade shows.
Thus, the annual high mass of video games, the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles has simply been canceled this year, its organizers explaining that they want to focus their efforts on the 2023 edition.
The Tokyo Game Show, which was kept online in 2020 and in a hybrid version (online and in-person) in 2021, will also return in its classic form from September 15 to 18.