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EB Games Expo, commonly known as EB Expo or EBX, is a video game trade fair / convention held annually in Australia. It is organised by EB Games Australia. It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware. Unlike E3, EB Expo allows members of the general public to attend. The most recent show was held in 2017 from 7–8 October.[1][2]

EB Games Expo
EB Games Expo Logo.png
StatusActive
VenueSydney Showground
(formerly Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Location(s)Gold Coast, Sydney
CountryAustralia
Inaugurated2011
Attendance38,000 in 2013
Websitewww.ebexpo.com.au

EB Games Expo 2011Edit

EB Games Expo 2011 was held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15–16 October; it was the first time the event was open to the public. The expo was attended by 14,278 people and 26 exhibitors.

ExhibitorsEdit

2K Games

Activision

Bethesda Softworks

Bluemouth Interactive

Capcom

Codemasters

Disney Interactive Studios

Electronic Arts

Konami

Namco Bandai

Microsoft

Nintendo

Parrot AR.Drone

Plantronics

Red Bull Mobile

Razer

SEGA

Sony

Square Enix

THQ

Turtle Beach

Ubisoft

Warner Bros Games

EB Games Expo 2012Edit

EB Games Expo 2012 was held at the Sydney Showground from 5–7 October, and was the first time it was held at the venue. It was announced during the Friday and Saturday 'Twilight Spectacular' shows that the Expo will be held at the same location in 2013 and 2014, as part of a 3-year contract for the event organiser. The expo was attended by 30,745 people and 32 exhibitors.[3]

ExhibitorsEdit

2K Games

Activision

Alienware

Astro Headsets

Bluemouth Interactive

Capcom

Disney Interactive Studios

Electronic Arts

Home Entertainment Suppliers

  • Tritton Headsets

Hot Stuff

Ikon Collectables

inComm

Konami

Logitech

Mega Bloks

Microsoft

Mindscape

Namco Bandai

Nintendo

Parrot AR.Drone

Performance Designed Products

Plantronics Gamecom

QV Software

Razer

Sega

Sennheiser

Sony

Square Enix

Turtle Beach

THQ

TRITTON

Tt eSPORTS

Tuff Kat

Turtle Beach

Ubisoft

Warner Brothers Games

EB Games Expo 2013Edit

 
The "EB Arena", the presentation stage, pictured during the 2013 EB Games Expo.
 
A view of the Xbox pavilion at the 2013 EB Games Expo.

EB Games Expo 2013 was held at the Sydney Showground from 4–6 October. The expo was attended by over 38,000 people.[4]

ExhibitorsEdit

2K Games

Activision

Alienware

All Interactive Entertainment

Astro Video Gaming Equipment

Banter Toys

Bethesda Softworks

Bluemouth Interactive

Codemasters

Disney Interactive Studios

Electronic Arts

Gaem

Game Informer

Goldie

Ikon Collectables

InComm

Konami

Logitech

Microsoft

Namco Bandai

Nintendo

Parrot AR.Drone

PDP

Plantronics Gamecom

Qantm

Razer

Sega

Sennheiser

Skullcandy

Sony

Square Enix

Tecmo Koei

TRITTON

Tt eSPORTS

Turtle Beach

Ubisoft

Wargaming

Warner Brothers Games

MapEdit

 

EB Games
Mega Store
Community
Hub
Home Grown
Gaming
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Home Grown
Gaming
(Developers)
EB Arena
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[1] Ikon collectables
[2] Loot Store
[3] Astro / Bluemouth
[4] Thermaltake
[5] Namco Bandai
[6] Logitech
[7] Plantronics Gaming
[8] Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
[9] Turtle Beach Systems
[10] Pop
[11] Bethesda
[12] Banter Toys
[13] Disney Interactive
[14] Razer
[15] Alienware


EB Games Expo 2014Edit

EB Games Expo 2014 was held at the Sydney Showground from 3–5 October. Sessions were from 9am to 3pm and from 3pm to 9pm. Twilight session was only allowed for persons 15+

ExhibitorsEdit

2K Games

Activision

Astro Video Gaming Equipment

Bethesda Softworks

CD Projekt Red

Codemasters

Disney Interactive Studios

Electronic Arts

GameSpot

Little Orbit

Logitech

Microsoft

Project Spark

Mindscape

Namco Bandai

Nintendo

Plantronics

QV Software

Razer Inc.

Riot Games

Roccat

Sega

Sony

Square Enix

TT eSports

Turtle Beach

Ubisoft

Warner Brothers Games

EB Games Expo 2015Edit

 
A view of the show floor at The Dome (Sydney Showground Hall 1), during the Expo.
 
"The Arena", the presentation stage, which had shrunk in capacity from previous years.
 
A view of the entrance to the Xbox One booth, the largest at the show.
 
A view of the PlayStation booth, with the start of the line for Star Wars: Battlefront in the foreground.
 
The stage at the Nintendo booth, during a presentation of Yoshi's Woolly World.

The 2015 edition of the EB Games Expo ran from 2–4 October 2015 at the Sydney Showground.[5][6] The event had two "daylight" and "twilight" sessions, each 6 and 4 hours in length respectively, on 2 and 3 October, with one 6 hour session on 4 October, following the same format as the previous two years. The Dome (Hall 1), Ross Pavilion (Hall 2) and Binnie Pavilion (Hall 3) will once again host the exhibition floor itself. The Expo was the third to showcase games for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and will be the fifth to showcase games for the Wii U. Multi-platform games Star Wars: Battlefront and Call of Duty: Black Ops III were available to play exclusively at Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation stand.[7]

ExhibitionEdit

The 2015 EB Games Expo was held at the Sydney Showground, located in Sydney Olympic Park. The expo occupied The Dome, its neighboring pavilions and the Southee Complex to the north of The Dome. The event was open on two "daylight" and "twilight" sessions, each 6 and 4 hours in length respectively, on 2 and 3 October, with one 6 hour session on 4 October, following the same format as the previous two years.[8]

The 2015 edition of the EB Games Expo was the first without the presence of Riot Games or League of Legends. In previous years, Riot had staged the annual Oceanic Regional Finals for League at the convention, but had instead chosen to host it instead in August 2015 at Luna Park Sydney, where it was able to host a larger audience than the Southee Complex at the Sydney Showground; the event's previous venue at the 2014 EB Games Expo.[9]

EntertainmentEdit

The Expo featured a performance from comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers,[10] and comedian John Robertson, presenting his stand-up act Horror Stories from a Bad Gamer.[8]

ExhibitorsEdit

The Expo was the third to showcase games for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and the fifth to showcase games for the Wii U. Highly anticipated titles Electronic Arts' Star Wars: Battlefront and the twelfth entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, were made exclusive to play at Sony's PlayStation stand.[7][11][12] Activision showcased the fifth entry in the Skylanders franchise with Skylanders: Superchargers, promoting the game at the event by giving away exclusive "Frightful Fiesta" Skylanders figures to the first few attendees to visit the booth. In addition to Forza Motorsport 6 and Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break, the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians was available to play at the Xbox booth, showcasing the game's 24-player "Warzone" multiplayer mode on the show floor.[13] The Xbox stand also made use of a "One Pass", a card that allowed attendees to tap in after playing certain games in the booth, entering a draw to win prizes. In contrast to previous years where the One Pass was a separate card, it was incorporated into the wristband sold upon the purchase of a ticket to the expo.[8]

ShowcaseEdit

List of video game exhibitors and games showcased by booth

2K

Activision

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bethesda

Electronic Arts

PlayStation

Ubisoft

Nintendo

QV Software / Turn Left Distribution

Warner Bros.

Xbox One[a]

List of electronics and accessories exhibitors

^[a] The Xbox pavilion was referred to as the "Xbox One" pavilion during EB Games Expo 2015.

EB Games Expo 2016Edit

The sixth annual running of the EB Games took place at the Sydney Showground from 30 September to 2 October 2016. PlayStation VR made its second and final appearance before its commercial release in October 2016.[14] Ubisoft's lineup of games for 2016–17 release included Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, Just Dance 2017, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Steep and South Park: The Fractured But Whole.[15]

ExhibitionEdit

Following an identical format to previous years, the 2016 edition of the EB Games Expo was open on two sessions on the Friday and Saturday of the expo, known as "daylight" and "twilight" sessions, and a single session on Sunday. Daylight sessions last six hours, from 9am to 3pm, while twilight sessions run for 5 hours from 4pm to 9pm; the Sunday session, designated as "family day", lasts eight hours.[16]

The expo featured an "E-Sports Alley", touted as an e-sports competition venue for "kids, parents and pro e-athletes". Over 2,000 prizes, worth $10,000 in total, were given away in competitions held at the E-Sports Alley.[17] Competitions for cosplayers were also held, as per tradition at the expo, with exclusive competitions and prizes, worth $5,000, available to those who purchased an "Ultimate Cosplayer Pass" ticket – a new ticket class introduced for the 2016 expo.[17]

EntertainmentEdit

Non-gaming attractions at the 2016 edition of the EB Games Expo include the annual Lego exhibition, a "horror maze", movie vehicles, and the Zing Pop Culture and EB Games Megastore.[17]

Exhibitors and gamesEdit

Nine video game publishers have so far been confirmed as exhibitors at the EB Games Expo 2016, including Activision, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation), Ubisoft and Microsoft Studios (Xbox).[17] Electronic Arts, who have exhibited at the EB Games Expo since 2011, have not yet announced their intention to exhibit at the 2016 edition of the expo. PlayStation VR will make its second appearance at the expo, and will be its final appearance at the show before its scheduled commercial release in October 2016.[14]

ShowcaseEdit

List of video game exhibitors and games showcased by booth

Activision

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bethesda

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Ubisoft

Nintendo

QV Software / Turn Left Distribution

Warner Bros.

Microsoft Studios

List of tabletop game exhibitors and games showcased by booth

Hasbro

List of electronics and accessories exhibitors
  • Afterglow
  • Astro Gaming
  • GMS
  • Licensing Essentials
  • Logitech G

EB Games Expo 2017Edit

EB Games Expo 2017 was held on 7–8 October at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

EB Games Expo 2018Edit

On 13 March 2018 it was announced that EB Games Expo 2018 would be held as part of the Penny Arcade Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. PAX is being held between 26–28 October 2018.[18][19]

ReferencesEdit

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