With shenanigans kicking off for consumers tomorrow, MCV takes a look at ten basic facts regarding the EB EXPO’s program.
- The show was Australia’s largest gaming expo last year, with almost 15’000 tickets sold. This year’s show passed 22’000 a week ago, and is likely close to its total of 30’000 now, doubling last year’s ‘biggest’ effort.
- Voting for the EBX Awards will be open from 10am Friday to 2pm Sunday, and you can encourage people to vote at the official web site here.
- The event is slated to take on more of a celebratory ‘festival’ vibe than last year, focusing on providing entertainment as well as first-looks and first-plays of the games themselves.
- The EB Exhibition is the swirling centre of the action, housing almost all publishers and showing off every major game set for release between now and early 2013.
- EB Live will be the live presentations by various big-name developers of their games on stage at the Arena.
- The stage will be punctuated by the EB Arena Spectacular, which will see stunt bikes and pyrotechnics light up the stage at 9.30am Friday and Saturday.
- Twilight will have its own surprises, with the team looking to outdo the closing extravaganzas of last year at the EB Twilight Spectacular sessions, running from 10.30pm Friday and Saturday.
- The EB Grand Finale will have the cosplay competition finals, as well as being the culmination of the other ‘Spectacular’ sessions and will take place at 3.00pm on the Sunday.
- The in-show EB Games store will be 2.5x the size of last year’s.
- The Home Grown Gaming section will house the eSports events, local developers’ stands, the best in tech and the pop-culture and comic-focused Sideshow Alley.
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