The London Anime & Gaming Con is a bi-annual event in London that celebrates everything to do with video games, anime, and J-Culture.
This summer’s convention runs July 5-6 and aims to be bigger than any of their previous endeavors with over £1,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs in the GAME-sponsored gaming tournaments, a cosplay talent show, and special guest stars including voice actress Maggie O’Hara who is most known for voicing Bulma on Dragon Ball Z. The London Anime & Gaming Con has something for everyone.
We spoke with Community Manager and Events Coordinator Jessica Banks about what’s it’s like to put on an event such as this and what attendees can expect this summer.
PS4 Attitude: Helping organize something like the London Anime & Gaming Con is a massive undertaking, especially one that takes place twice a year. What is the process like for you?
Jessica Banks: Each year we always want to make sure we put on something unique for our attendees, this is a mighty big challenge and undertaking. It mainly encompasses brainstorming great ideas and getting as much of the community involved as possible to create a fantastic event. We’re very privileged to be able to bring together so many great London communities to one place to share their work within the convention. Personally the process varies between connecting to the communities via Meetups and shouting about each others work to encouraging the attendees to take part in the events themselves.
PS4A: What are you most excited about during this summer’s convention?
JB: Besides the eminence amount of various panels and activities, I’m personally looking forward to meeting our voice actor Maggie. She’s voiced some amazing shows and has been really excited about the event, becoming involved on the forums and wanting to join in with the stage content! It’s a treat to see the vast majority of our guests just as excited for our event as the attendees are!
PS4A: How do you decide on the gaming choices for the GAME Tournaments Zone?
JB: We want to make sure we keep our community alive and engaged with what we are running, so our tournaments are predominately aimed at well known community based games. People can sink their teeth into these and really get to grips with the game before joining a tournament.
PS4A: There is close to £1,000 worth of prizes up for grabs this year. What kind of prizes can we expect to see?
JB: We’ve got an abundance! From cash prizes within the Cosplay Masquerade, artwork and themed gaming prizes donated by GAME themselves. We’ve been working hard this year to deliver some fantastic tailored goody’s for the attendees!
PS4A: What have you learned from previous events to make this year’s even bigger and better?
JB: With the expansion of the new gaming areas within the convention we’ve started to tie our content and events together to make them more streamlined and open. Stage will feel far more varied this time round with new content including the Ragequit Gameshow. We wish to continue showcasing and growing the independent games scene, so we’ll be having a fantastic array of content from our Indies this year, profiling amazing new games and talks. The biggest thing we’ve learnt is to keep focused on our community avenues by connecting them together so all attendees can experience them.
PS4A: If you could describe the London Anime & Gaming Con in a single sentence what would you say?
JB: A place where your passions have a place and a home that are shared through community.
Tickets are still available for the London Anime & Gaming Con and can be purchased directly through their website. Of course we’ll be attending the convention to experience everything first hand. Hopefully we’ll see you there as well!