Events in August

Placeholder image: Illustration of OZARIN mascot, Rinny.

The August event lineup is absolutely packed! Read about gaming and game dev events for August 2016, in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.

I’ve been hiding away from the blog for a little while now, but I feel with this month being so jam-packed full of events, I should really share an update in case any of these flew in under the radar.

I’ll be along to the majority of these events at some point, so drop me a mention on Twitter if you’d like to say ‘hello’ in person!


Dundee: Monday 1st – Saturday 6th

The Digital Games Research Association and the Foundations of Digital Games (quite a mouthful!) conference will run at Abertay University in Dundee this week.

With workshops and talks from professionals in design for virtual reality, game development methodologies, artificial intelligence, user experience and much more, the conference’s full lineup is definitely worth your consideration.

More information: Conference website

IGDA Scotland: August 2016 – Adrienne Shaw

Dundee: Wednesday 3rd

Free tickets for August’s IGDA event tonight in Dundee are still available.

Head along to hear Adrienne Shaw (@adrishaw) discuss her book, Gaming at the Edge, and her new project, the LGBTQ Video Game Archive.

More information and free tickets: Eventbrite ticket page

Dare Protoplay 2016

Dundee: Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th

Branding from the Dare to be Digital homepage, promoting their 2016 events.

I’m seriously hyped for this year’s Dare Protoplay in Dundee. Last year’s event presented numerous games which really captured my interest, and I would expect the standard of quality to be just as high this year.

With free entry to the public, and more than 40 games to play at their indie game showcase, Protoplay claims to be the UK’s biggest indie games festival.

There’s more to see than just a generous helping of exhibition titles. Check out the full event listing, and head along to be inspired!

More information: Dare to be Digital website

PRESS PLAY |> Dundee

Dundee: Saturday 6th

Photograph of Dance of Whispered Truths by Mantra & Niall Moody. People crowd around a console whilst a small ensemble plays music behind them.
Dance of Whispered Truths by Mantra & Niall Moody – Demo & Presentation

Presented by the Edinburgh Game Symposium, PRESS PLAY |> will showcase interactive game art productions featuring sonic installations and digital adaptive artworks, as well as indepth microtalk sessions with the artists and performers on their creations and projects.

PRESS PLAY |> will be followed by a social event from 7PM. Tickets are free, but places are limited so please register soon if you’re coming along.

More information and tickets: Eventbrite ticket page

Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

Edinburgh: Thursday 4th – Sunday 28th

The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival is a curation of the very best  in culture, performing arts and technology.

Of particular interest to some of you, may be their game development and VR lineup. I’ve picked a few of the most relevant events below, but you can read the full schedule on their website.

More information and tickets: Festival website

GlesGames IX

Glasgow: Saturday 20th

Photo of people playing the game Overcooked at GlesGames X Nord event.
Overcooked by Ghost Town Games, at GlesGames X Nord last month

GlesGames IX takes place at the Drygate Brewery, Glasgow. From 5PM until midnight, they’ll have the latest and greatest local multiplayer titles on modern consoles and PCs as well as plenty of classics in their retro section.

Prior to the event, Bit Socket will be recording their second live show at GlesGames. I’ve only recently discovered their podcast, but these guys have quality patter.

More information and tickets: Eventbrite ticket page

Rainbow Jam ’16

Saturday 20th (ends Sunday 4th September)

Rainbow Jam is a 2 week game jam to celebrate and promote diversity within the game industry.

The event is the result of collaboration within the Rainbow Game Dev Group. Created by and for the LGBT+ identifying and allied community in Scotland.

The event itself is inclusive to all genders, nationalities and professions (even tentacle monsters!).

Participation is a great way to learn, and I’d urge all budding game developers to take part in a game jam as early as possible.

More information and registration: #RainbowJam16 on

Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life

Perth: Throughout August (ends Saturday 17th September)

An exhibition looking at trends in digital play across the ages. Explore the evolution of consoles and games, and pick up a control pad to interact with gaming history.

More information: Exhibition website and tickets (webpage removed)

Monthly meetups

Edinburgh Game Dev

Edinburgh Game Dev is a social meet up, where developers and enthusiasts can come along and socialise with a some great food and merry banter.

Attendees are also more than welcome to bring along their projects for demonstration and feedback.

This month, Game Dev Edinburgh will meet at OX184, Cowgate, Edinburgh (Google Maps) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 9th
  • Tuesday 23rd

Twitter: @gamedeved


EdIndies is a casual productive meet up. Attendees can bring along their game projects to work on with the possibility of guidance and feedback from the local indie developer community.

Meets are every Saturday from 2PM, in Starbucks, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh (Google Maps).

Twitter: @edindies

MEGAbytes: Fighting Friendlies

MEGAbytes will be hosting Fighting Friendlies each Thursday in August.

Come along to compete against others in Smash Bros. on the Wii U. If you can prove your skill, you’ll earn a chance to fight in their big tournament on the 27th August.

Meets take place from 5PM, in MEGAbytes Retro Arcade Cafe, Howard Street, Glasgow (Google Maps).

Twitter: @MB_glasgow

If you’d like to add your event to this or future lineups, get in touch with the details.

  • rachelnertia

    Nice, I was wondering about when and where stuff in Edinburgh goes on. Ta!

    • Happy to be of service!