Play Expo


Play Expo

PLAY Expo Manchester

Event Name: PLAY Expo Manchester 2017
Event Website:
Dates: 14-15 October 2017
Opening Times: Advance tickets 10:00 - 18:00, on the door tickets 11:00 - 18:00
Contact Telephone Number: 01253 301172
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The North’s biggest ever video gaming expo returns for its sixth year at the huge EventCity exhibition centre in Manchester with an expected 25,000 attendees!

The two-time award nominated show will once again be jam packed to the gills with loads of features, tournaments, exhibitors and oodles of video gaming mayhem. With everything you love about gaming and popular culture all under one roof, the show has something for everyone and is not to be missed.

Tickets are on sale now at – here what is lined up for the show so far!


Nintendo 64 Goldeneye 20th Anniversary Panel

It is a truth universally recognised that video games based on film licenses are invariably terrible, so when GoldenEye was released in 1997, two years after the movie had come out and to little fanfare, expectations were not high. It went on to sell 8 million copies and still features in the upper end of those ‘Best Ever Video Games’ lists to this day. The game was made by a small team at Rare Ltd compromising just nine core members and to mark the 20th Anniversary of GoldenEye, we are delighted to welcome five of that original group to talk about the creation of this seminal shooter. The Q&A, hosted by Paul Drury and Martyn Carroll of Retro Gamer magazine, will end with an opportunity for audience members to take on the makers of the game in a multiplayer deathmatch, with prizes.


Next-Gen Gaming

Bring out the big guns! The next-gen zone at PLAY Expo Manchester is where you can play all the latest cutting edge games for the latest powerhouse machines! Come and get your hands on upcoming games before they are available to buy in the shops. As well as this our own next-gen gaming zone will have a selection of the latest AAA games from the PS4 and Xbox One such as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Halo Wars 2, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, WipEout Omega Collection and Yooka Laylee. We will also have a number of Xbox Live and PSN games running – the quirkier and leftfield titles you may not have seen before. For PC fans we'll have a smattering of high spec PCs running the latest and greatest independently produced multiplayer games.


Retro Gaming

We know one of the biggest draws for attendees to PLAY Expo Manchester is the retro zone so this year we are going to make it even bigger! Last year we ran close to 400 machines across the retro zones - this year we're going for 500 making it the biggest ever collection of retro machines at any UK gaming expo! As well as more retro consoles and computers we'll be bringing back the handhelds section and expanding the classic PC games zone that we introduced last year. Our retro zone is a time slice of the past 40 years of games which will be featuring a number of consoles and computers, each running a selection of the best games for each system. So whether you’re Sinclair, Commodore, Nintendo, Sega, Sony or even an Xbox fan, there will be something for everyone.  And of course we’ll have a selection of games for each system too, so if you can’t choose Manic Miner over Decathlon or Gran Turismo over Metal Gear Solid, don’t worry as our event staff will be on hand to help you find your favourite game at PLAY Expo Manchester.



For the first time ever PLAY Expo Manchester will feature an entire Cosplay Village! The Cosplay area at PLAY Expo Manchester 2017 will be the biggest it has ever been, with a huge space dedicated to all things Cosplay. The Cosplay Village will have not one but two stages this year - one for panels, talks, masquerades and competitions and the other live performances. Poly-props will exhibiting with a large stand and will be giving away plenty of swag. The guys will be on hand to chat with you and give advice on materials and builds. Drax Cosplay will be attending as part of his world tour and will be demonstrating a live build of his outstanding large props. A Cosplay Ballet group will be giving a performance on the floor stage. Numerous competitions will take place throughout the day, including the Cosplay Masquerade with cash prizes! Finally, there will be a dedicated cosplay retail area within the village where you can by props, materials, tools and other cosplay accessories.



Virtual Reality is coming to PLAY Expo Manchester again, with a selection of games dedicated to warping your reality and tricking your mind. PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will all be available to try at the event. We will have a number of PlayStation VR setups running a selection of games including Battlezone, Eagle Flight, VR Worlds, Drive Club VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and Battlefront X-Wing Mission. Red Out will be available on the Oculus Rift or if you're feeling creative you'll be able to try Tilt Brush on the HTC Vive at the show. If you’ve never tried VR before don’t worry as our staff will be on hand to assist and guide you into your alternate reality.


Indie Game Celebration

Replay Events have always supported Indie developers at our expos and PLAY Expo Manchester will be no different, in fact there’s going to be more than ever! The indie zone is a chance to try out some of the quirkier games before they are available to buy and then chat with the developers, give feedback on the game and maybe even make some suggestions that might find their way into the final release of the game. Our indie zone is always full with new and exciting games and we will have numerous development teams we on hand to chat with attendees and show off their games.



Think yourself a Pinball Wizard? Fancy trying out your skills against some of the best pinball players in the UK? Want to get your pinball play streamed live across the world? Want to win a cash prize and a trophy? New to Play Expo Manchester this year is the Play Expo Pinball Battle, the biggest pinball showdown in the UK! Anyone can enter, and there are no pre-registration requirements. Just turn up, pay the £4 entry fee (£3 before 1pm on Saturday), and play three games of your choice from a selection of ten. Not happy with your scores? Then play again! There’s no limit to the number of entries you can purchase. You can enter at any time during show opening hours on Saturday, and on Sunday until 12 noon. There’s lots of chance for free practice too, as there will be at least another 100 pinball machines on free play at the show.



Our Minecraft Zone will be the biggest ever with three massive setups for you to play. We will be running a Hunger Games map where players will fight it out to in effort to survive the harsh landscape of traps and other players. As well as this, we will also have a Minecraft world where players are encouraged to explore, build and survive the nights and the deepest caves. Finally, we will also run a creative map where attendees can just come along and build whatever strange, weird, wacky or beautiful world they choose. So if you want to try your luck at Hunger Games, fight it out for survival or if you just want to create and explore the huge world that is Minecraft then make sure you get your tickets today.


Arcade Games

Arcade video games conjure up nostalgic memories of childhood for so many people, be it fighting with your friend over who was going to be on the left-hand buttons on Mortal Kombat, or who got which gun while shooting zombies in House of the Dead. PLAY Expo Manchester will help you relive memories like these at with a selection of classic arcade machines for you to play on with every one set to free play. Finally, no pockets weighted down with ten pence pieces! Amongst the titles on show will be some of the must-have classics like Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders as well as the more modern favourites like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Daytona USA. We will have over 100 arcade machines at PLAY Expo again this year - will your favourite be one of them?


Rhythm Zone

Get your funk on with the best music, dance and rhythm-action based games from all over the world in the Rhythm Games area! From classics like Gamecube Donkey Konga and Playstation Parappa the Rapper, to hidden gems like Playstation 2 Taiko Drum Master and modern Xbox 360 favourites Rock Band and DJ Hero. The Rhythm Zone at PLAY Expo Manchester will get anybody dancing to the beat.


PC/Lan Gaming

You will be able to celebrate the glorious world of LAN gaming without having to worry about where everyone will fit their monitors! LAN parties are still happening across the world and PLAY Expo Manchester presents a range of titles that are sure to please fans. With games such as Quake, Doom, Counter Strike, Command and Conquer and more all available to play on our LAN set up.


Tabletop Gaming

Our Tabletop Gaming area continues to grow in size each year and for 2017 we will have a selection of card and board games to play, demonstrations of new games from the game creators and a number of retailers selling the latest games for you to try and buy. Board and card games have been growing in popularity over the last few years and are a great way to experience your favourite franchises, such as Marvel, Resident Evil, Firefly and Star Wars, in a whole new way! Our dedicated tabletop team will be bringing some amazing titles for you to try out. Want to rampage through downtown Tokyo or battle hordes of zombies? How about resisting the empire in your X-Wing or fighting Hydra alongside the Marvel Heroes? Maybe you want to just keep flying with your own Firefly crew? If you've never tried Tabletop Gaming before we'll have people to show you the ropes or if you're a seasoned gamer come and play against likeminded fans.



For many people, meeting their childhood heroes at PLAY Expo is one of the highlights of the show. We always have a variety of developers, musicians, artists and other alumni from the videogames industry - past and present. As we get closer to the show we'll start to confirm our guests and make announcements on the website but you can guarantee we’ll have a nostalgia inducing number of gaming alumni present at the show.



The Educational Zone is bringing the best of gaming and education together, offering unique opportunities, experiences and insights into both worlds. You can meet with educational providers to hear about the latest video games design courses, maybe join one of our classes on programming, electronics and other exciting subjects or if you're a games graduate chat with recruiters about finding that perfect job in the games industry.



Whether you’re competing, supporting a team mate or just a casual observer, the tournaments at PLAY Expo Manchester are a big draw many people. We will be running a selection of modern and retro, free and paid tournaments and had support from online gaming communities such as Manchester Battle Arena and Versus Scotland. Full details will be confirmed on the website closer to the event.


Shopping Hall

The shopping hall - whether it’s classic games, consoles, gaming merchandise, retro toys, or even custom made artwork you seek, our retailers will have all of this and more! With hundreds of retailers under one roof selling every conceivable type of gaming merchandise you’ll want to save your pennies for PLAY Expo Manchester!