About us

Norwich Games Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of video games, brought to you by The Forum

Norwich Games Festival is a non-profit event run by The Forum Trust, the self-financing charitable organisation which manages The Forum building in Norwich. All money raised by the festival is invested back into the event. 

Our History 

Norwich Games Festival started life as Retro Arcade in 2012, as a way of offering something free, interactive and unique to young people and families during the Easter holidays. 

The event proved popular, and from this, and working with colleagues at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), and the University of East Anglia (UEA) the event was broadened to encourage local independent game developers to showcase their games and skills, and to offer an insight into the game development industry to the public.

2017 saw over 60 developers showcasing their games. It changed names to Norwich Gaming Festival which then became Norwich Games Festival in 2019. 

The Festival has grown year on year, with the addition of retail, a more structured platform for independent developers and the gaming industry, and plenty of talks and workshops for visitors to learn more about gaming, programming and also the study and career development options available. 

Our aims 

We pride ourselves in being a family friendly event – targeting demographics that other gaming events can struggle to reach. We aim to reach: 

  • Gaming enthusiasts 

  • Newcomers keen to learn more 

  • Young people 

  • Families and older generations 

  • Game developers, industry freelancers, and gaming course students and graduates 

  • Schools, colleges and universities