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Sun 26 Feb

Multiple days : The Atrium

Drop-in Family Friendly Free
  • Parking
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilets
  • Disabled toilets
  • Changing places

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727 950

A free-entry weekend packed with exciting gaming experiences and showcases.

Hosted by OLL Games the OLL XP celebrates all aspects of our local games industry. Featuring Norwich Games Festival and supported by the best gaming communities around the city. 

No tickets required for entry.

Some talks and classes may require an advance ticket and a small fee.

For exhibitor enquiries, please contact [email protected]

What's On:

Colleges & Universities Project Showcase

Presented by Norwich’s leading colleges and universities, visitors are invited to get hands-on with in-development games projects and learn about the routes into the games industry through programming, design and esports courses.
- Norwich University of the Arts
- City College Norwich
- Access Creative College

Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday10am - 4pm

Game Developer Showcase

With titles curated by local game publisher Wave Game Studios, experience up-and-coming games in development and meet their creators, as well as enjoy completed projects now on the market.

Making a great game isn’t the only challenge! Understanding the structure of the industry and the real-world game development process from concept to retail is critical for a successful project. OLL XP offers the opportunity to quiz those in the industry and see real-world examples of how products are brought to market. 

Saturday9am - 5pm
Sunday10am - 4pm

Historical Gaming Formats Exhibit

Brought to you by Norwich Retro Gamers and the Norwich Amiga Group, play across 30+ stations featuring consoles ranging from the 70’s to 00’s. Expect to see some rare machinery on display, as well as all the classic favourites!

Alongside hundreds of games available for visitors to play, staff will be demonstrating repairs, modifications and advising on how you can enjoy the best of the retro gaming scene with today’s current technology.

Saturday9am - 5pm
Sunday10am - 4pm

Console Arcade

The console arcade is a classic element of Norwich Games Festival events, and 2023 will be no different! Simply come and play across any of the 30+ consoles on offer, with hundreds of games available!

Whether you’re a fan of classic NES titles, or perhaps you were a 90’s Sega kid, there’ll be something here for everyone. Modern consoles will be available too of course, as well as everything in between! Try out the various hi-score challenges!

Saturday9am - 5pm
Sunday10am - 4pm

Live Streaming and Content Creation Classes

For all the budding content creators out there! This entry-level class is designed for those who are seeking to gain an understanding of live streaming and content creation.

This 1-hour class will cover the essentials to enable creators to learn the best practices to produce high-quality broadcasts and video content.

- Content types: gameplay, reviews, game guides, video podcasts
- Introduction to OBS/Streamlabs streaming software
- Layering gameplay and on-screen overlays
- Audio and microphones
- Cameras and layouts
- Trackers, donations and analytics
- Titles, tags and engagement best practice

These classes are designed for under 16’s. Under 12’s must be accompanied by a parent or supervisor.

Saturday11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
Sunday11am 12:30pm, 2pm

Talks and Panels

Across Saturday 25th February, Norwich Games Festival will be supporting talks in the Forum Auditorium by our guests and exhibitors. Tickets will be required in advance.

NUA Games Course Lead Steven Coltart10:30am
Access Creative College – What is Esports?12pm
Guest Industry Speaker1:30pm
Stuart Ashen3pm

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament

With competitive play being one of the cornerstones of the modern gaming industry, it wouldn’t be a gaming event without a big tournament!

Taking place on Sunday 26th February and hosted by Albion Games, a 48-person Super Smash Bros tournament will be held in the Auditorium and downstairs areas.

Registration is required in advance, along with a small entry fee: Book here

Sunday11am - 4pm

Games Retail and Prize Competitions

Here's your chance to win some serious prizes, including consoles, gaming accessories and tickets to the OLL ’23 Video Games Convention in April!

Simply enter the prize competitions at any time during the weekend – winners drawn and awarded at 3pm Sunday 26th February.

There’ll also be a Just Dance 2023 competition hosted by Nintendo Norwich! No advance registration required.

Saturday9am - 5pm
Sunday10am - 3pm