If you've been contemplating a trip across the Tasman to the EB Expo 2016 you need to read this.
EB Games have pulled out all the stops promising to put on the biggest gaming and pop culture weekend in Australasian history. From 30th September to 2nd October Sydney Showground, in the iconic Sydney Olympic Park, gamers will be able to experience some of the top games available today as well as a sneak peek at some existing upcoming titles.
This year, the show will play host to Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, for his first ever Australian appearance. Phil Spencer is an icon in the gaming world and is set to inspire audiences at the expo with his keynote presentation 11:00am in the EB Expo Arena on Friday 30th September.
Spencer, who leads the global creative and engineering teams at Microsoft's premier consumer brand, is responsible for the Xbox console family of devices and accessories, Xbox Live service, and the gaming experiences and content across devices and platforms. A gamer at heart, Spencer has been instrumental in building a community of more than 48 million monthly active users globally on Xbox Live.
The latest amongst the all-star line-up of games on show this year is Bethesda Softworks' Dishonored 2. Dishonored 2 is the follow up to Dishonored, which won over 100 ‘Game of The Year' awards, including the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Game. For the first time in Australia, gamers will be able to play Dishonored 2 before its release at EB Expo 2016.
Other hot titles confirmed playable before release include 2K Games' WWE 2K17, and Ubisoft's For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Steep, and Just Dance 2017. EB Expo attendees will also get to experience Watch_Dogs 2 and never before seen content from Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
EB Expo attendees can expect an exciting all-new experience at the Mountain Dew VeloDrone. For the first time ever, Mountain Dew is hosting Drone Hunting battles with Australia's best drone pilots testing their skills in a specially designed course. Here fans can get in on the action and compete against the professionals in an epic drone vs. laser battle.
Be prepared for some heart-thumping action over three action-packed days when the hottest eSports games on the planet burn up the screens at EB Expo 2016! Headlining the eSports Arena powered by ESL is the epic Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament. Kicking off on Friday 30th September, the four best Counter Strike teams from New Zealand and Australia will compete onstage for their share of a $10,000 prize pool in front of a live crowd and online audience in a massive eSports spectacle until one winner is crowned on Saturday night.
Also featured in the eSports Arena powered by ESL are Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Melee tournaments where fans can win their share of over $2,000. Registration for these tournaments will be available online and at the Saturday and Sunday sessions of EB Expo.
There's loads of other fun stuff to do with the family including the all new Oracle laser show in the Poppin Popcorn Arena or chill out in The Pop Culture Dome with an exclusive souvenir Nuka Cola Quantum glowing cup and drink inspired by the beverage from Bethesda Softworks' 2015 title, Fallout 4.
The EB Expo 2016 promises to be the biggest and best yet, making the show, once again, an essential event for Kiwi gamers. If you are up for the trip, tickets are available in-store and from the EB Games NZ website.