Women In Gaming: Celebrating Success, Expertise and Diversity

Goto.game is partnering with the Australian Esports League (AEL) for Australia’s inaugural GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival at this year’s Vivid Sydney.

The first GIRLGAMER Festivals took place in Macau in 2017 and Portugal in 2018. In 2019, GIRLGAMER Festival is expanding to South Korea, Spain and Brazil, as well as Sydney.

Goto.game will bring influential leaders in the gaming industry, including streamers, hosts and speakers such as Jessie ‘GeekGG’ James and Amy ‘HelloMissPotter’ Potter, to the GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival, and will manage and measure the performance of social media and promotional support across owned, earned and paid media using Digivizer’s real-time platform.

According to the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association’s Digital Australia Report 2018, 67% of Australians play video games and 46% of those are female. In an industry that grew 25% in Australia (IGEA) in 2018, women of all ages who play games of all genres are an important audience for gaming software and hardware companies, the esports sector and commercial sponsors.

Yet according to both Phid McAwesome of goto.game and Darren Kwan of AEL, women remain under-represented in the esports world with large scale events historically highlighting the talents of men. GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival is an event to celebrate and shine a spotlight on women and those who identify as such in gaming.

GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival details: 

The GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival is part of Vivid Sydney at Chatswood.  The live tournament will see players battle it out on stage, competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Blizzard’s Overwatch, and Super Smash Bros.

  • Venue: The Concourse, Chatswood
  • Date: 9th and 10th June, 2019
  • Schedule: 10am – 7pm
  • Prices: Normal Ticket – $20; Student Ticket  – $15; Family Ticket – $40. Tickets available at https://www.girlgamer.gg/register/sydney/

image source: GIRLGAMER Festival


SuperByte 2013: Chiptunes, Retro Gaming and 8-Bit Art


Back in 2012,  a musical and cultural festival was held in Manchester – SuperByte 2012. This event had all day micromusic (chiptunes) and retro gaming aplenty. The festival turned out to be the largest of its kind in the UK and attracted visitors from all over Great Britain and mainland Europe.

For 2013, SuperByte is back and bigger than ever! From 13 to 14 September 2013, the UK and international chiptune community will descend on Jabez Clegg in Manchester for two days of live music, visual arts, retro gaming and heaps more. SuperByte 2013 is going to be huge!

Get your SuperByte 2013 tickets now.

Event: SuperByte 2013 Festival
When: September 13 – 14 2013
Where: Jabez Clegg, Manchester



Free event: Independent Games Festival 2012

Hands up if you like free stuff. I thought so. Well, if you are a video games player, you will be pleased to know that the Independent Games Festival 2012 is currently on at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne. Admission is free and open daily, from 10am till 6pm. This festival will run till July 8, 2012.

Event blurb:

Hot on the heels of the 2011 exhibition and direct from the 2012 IGF in San Francisco, a fresh batch of the world’s best independent games arrives at ACMI. Come and play more brilliant new games for free.
Dubbed the ‘Sundance of the game world’, the annual Independent Games Festival encourages innovation in game development and recognises the best work of indie designers from all around the world.