New York City is home to various video game publishers, including Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar Games. Unfortunately, the Big Apple isn't where most of the big video game events such as E3 are located. For years, fans have waited for something big to happen in the area involving one of the biggest industries in the world.
Play NYC is designed to turn Terminal 5 into the biggest video game hotspot on Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20. For two days, over 5,000 video game fanatics will pack the venue to play some upcoming games from various developers, including Pillow Fight Games, Bomb Shelter Games, NYU Game Center, and Digital Continue, whose upcoming game Next Up Hero will make its East Coast debut at the event. All three floors of the venue will be filled with games from over 100 developers.
What kind of games can you expect during your time at Play NYC? Well, you're going to see 50 percent of mobile games and 50 percent of console/PC games. If you're a tabletop gamer, don't worry. There will be a few games on hand just for you. There will also be 10 games graffiti pieces seen throughout the venue. On the rooftop, Come Out & Play will have some exciting live games for your enjoyment.
Aside from the gaming, there will be 20 panels and talks taking place inside John Jay College, which is a couple of blocks away from Terminal 5. If you're not at the event, it will be streamed live via Twitch with several game tournaments set to take place during the weekend.
Tickets for Play NYC are available right now on AXS, and they're going for $25. Family 4 pack weekend pass family are available for $135. Developers and professionals can get on the wait list for tickets here. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates leading up to and during the event. Terminal 5 is located on 610 W 56th St. If you're using the subway, take the 1, A, C, B, or D lines to the Columbus Circle stop and walk on W 56th St towards 11th and 12th Avenues.