First Fan-Launched Gaming Expo WePlay Coming to Shanghai This Weekend

By Josh Parker, October 25, 2017

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WePlay, the first ever completely fan-launched Chinese gaming expo is set to land this weekend at the Shanghai Ever Bright Convention & Exhibition Center.

Made by fans for fans, WePlay offers a forum for lovers of every type of gaming where they can congregate to take part in and discuss their shared favorite pastime.

"If you're a die-hard gamer or even just wading into your feet into gaming, WePlay has something for you," notes China Indie Games Alliance (CiGA) spokesperson, Eric Jou.

And that distinction is one made clear by the event organizers. Not just catering to games played with joysticks, controllers or VR headsets - although those will still be in abundance there - at WePlay the doors are open to all sorts of games fans and those not yet converted.

Whether you specialize in Settlers of Catan or Dungeons & Dragons, you'll be sure to encounter fellow fans of your favorite game. Those who care to indulge in a little cosplay should also expect to feel welcomed at the convention.

But back to what's on show.

With a huge level of backing from the indie community, developers and publishers will be on hand with demo booths to showcase various titles across multiple platforms from Japan, South Korea and the US.

In addition to this, an esports "arena" will be set up with an exhibition planned from pro teams, while talks are also scheduled by world-famous developers and other creatives behind classic video games known the world over.

Esports tournament
There will be an esports arena at WePlay. Image via That's

Shun Nakamura, one of the game designers behind Sonic the Hedgehog, will be there to hold a talk alongside Akira Yamaoka, composer of the Silent Hill franchise.

With big names in attendance such as Ubisoft and AlienWare, the spotlight is also shed on titles outside of the mainstream, as the Indie Megabooth, BitSummit and Busan indie games will each have a presence at WePlay.

Really, there's very little this event doesn't offer.

"We've taken the best from around the world to build an amazing show for everyone interested in gaming and gaming culture," says Simon Zhu, founder of CiGA and organizer of WePlay. "It's our love letter to gaming."

[Image via Flickr]

Oct 28-29, 9am-5pm (Saturday) and 9am-7pm (Sunday), RMB100 tickets can be purchased onsite. Shanghai Ever Bright Convention & Exhibition Center, see event listing.

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