The Yorkshire Games Festival is set to make a triumphant return from 7th to 10th March, captivating audiences at various venues across Bradford. The National Science and Media Museum will remain temporarily closed during this period as it undergoes a refurbishment.

The festival, dedicated to all facets of gaming, promises a comprehensive schedule featuring gameplay sessions, engaging talks, workshops, and networking events. Renowned industry speakers will share their insights, and the ever-popular Let’s Play family weekend is back with a bang.

Commencing on Thursday, 7th March, the festival kicks off with Game Talks at the Jubilee Centre, boasting a stellar lineup of industry insiders. Esteemed companies such as Larian Studios, the brains behind the 2023 ‘Game of the Year’ Baldur’s Gate 3, and Square Enix, creators of the iconic Final Fantasy series, will be in attendance. Hosted by Alex Earle, a Producer at Radical Forge, this year’s talks will delve into the journey from education to creating blockbuster games, crafting compelling characters and stories, and providing insights into design enhancements. A special in-conversation event and Q&A with actor Samantha Béart, recognized for her standout performance in Baldur’s Gate 3, are also part of the festival.

The Let’s Play family weekend, happening on 9th and 10th March, will transform the Broadway Shopping Centre with free family gameplay and activities. Attendees can explore projects from Northern developers, try out new Yorkshire-made games, and engage in free activities like code cracking and button bashing. Additionally, families can create their own game characters, challenge friends to classic couch co-op favorites, and much more. In a new addition, the festival will feature adults-only activities, taking over The Studio next to the Alhambra on Saturday, 9th March, offering a plethora of board games and multiplayer challenges on the big screen.

Commenting on this year’s festival, Sally Folkard, Head of Screen and Cultural Engagement at the National Science and Media Museum said: “We’re thrilled to deliver another packed Yorkshire Games Festival to celebrate all things gaming. This year the festival spreads across Bradford venues while the museum and Pictureville Cinema are temporarily closed. The programme not only welcomes an impressive lineup of industry experts working across the gaming sector to inspire the next generation, but also offers families opportunities to discover the industry with free gameplay and activities.”

Despite the temporary closure of the museum’s Pictureville Cinema, the Yorkshire Games Festival has organized a special screening at The Studio on Saturday, 9th March, featuring a gaming-related Kid’s Club film as part of the Pictureville Presents programme.

For more details about this year’s Yorkshire Games Festival and to secure tickets, please visit www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-games-festival.