Interview by Independent.ie Newsdesk
More than 20,000 people are set to attend the first ever PlayersXpo in Dublin later this year, bringing together gamers, exhibitors and talkers in a highly-anticipated two-day event.
The industry-leading show, organised by Independent News & Media (INM), will include some of the biggest names in gaming, YouTube, blogging, publishing and game development, and showcase the best that next generation and retro gaming has to offer.
The two-day event takes place at the Convention Centre Dublin on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of October.
From Minecraft to Mario Kart, and from Call of Duty to Hearthstone, the event has been designed by gamers for gamers to unite players from various backgrounds all over the country with the franchises they love.
Mick Finucane, Creative Director of PlayersXpo, brings a wealth of wisdom as the former co-founder of GameStop Ireland with more than 23 years of experience in the video games industry.
He grew his first video game business from a small unit in the back of a bookstore on an investment of £3,500 to a 60-store chain across Ireland, employing more than 600 people with a turnover of €60m, valued in excess of €120m.
"We’re delighted to be launching the very first PlayersXpo in Ireland giving families and fans alike a destination occasion for all things gaming," he said.
"With a long heritage in the industry it's so important to us as fans first and foremost, that the latest gaming consoles, from the biggest names with the best games will be appearing at PlayersXpo this October."
PlayersXpo will provide a network of experiences for fans and content creators alike, with the latest in video games showcased from some of the most celebrated entertainment companies in the world, including Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.
The event will include 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and a 2,000 seat auditorium housing the biggest international stars, along with the best of homegrown Irish talent.
Cliona Carroll, Sponsorship and Events Manager INM, added: "INM launched the first games page in a national paper in 1994, back when Ireland sold more PlayStations per head of population than anywhere else in the world, so we know games and we know gaming - it's in our DNA.
"From the biggest International YouTube stars to the mum or dad who plays Candy Crush, PlayersXpo will cater for everyone with some great chances to play and win across an action packed weekend of inimitable entertainment."
Tickets are available here priced from €25.