Glasgow’s gaming thumbs are poised ahead of Resonate – Total Gaming, 29-31 July

Tsitsi Lynn Makuni, Show Director at QD Events, organisers of Resonate – Total Gaming, discusses the impact and influence of gaming on both Scotland and Glasgow…

Scotland – we’re the proud nation of many of the world’s most life changing inventions, we’re the home of golf and the place both Nessy and Andy Murray call home! Yes, for such a small nation we’re definitely punching above our weight…and for a new generation, Gaming is top of our illustrious list of achievements.

Glasgow – we’re a city known for our creativity and boast one of the world’s top events and entertainment venues.

What happens when we combine Glasgow and Gaming?  RESONATE - Scotland’s brand new festival of eSports and Gaming.

We’ve become a nation of gamers and will go down in history as the birthplace of some of the world’s most successful games.  Racing to the top of the gaming charts was Grand Theft Auto and since then gaming has become a phenomenon; its worth over £3.9billion in the UK alone.  Our cities are clearly identified as game-making hubs and Resonate will bring the Scottish industry and passionate gaming community together in Glasgow.

Powering in to the SECC from 29 – 31 July, this live event is a three day celebration of all things gaming.

Perceptions of gaming have changed and as a result the gamer has changed; young, old, male and female, you’ll find a hardcore gamer amongst them all.  Gamers are now recognised as exercising brain power in a multi-dimensional way which has a positive effect on attention, memory and decision making.  For children gaming is now seen as a part of modern childhood and a powerful tool in developing life skills.

Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, this new gaming event offers an exciting range of programming to satisfy all ages. From the casual player to diehard gamer, there will be something for everyone.

With eSports giants Gfinity, Versus Scotland and Xtreme Gaming on board, visitors will enjoy participating in exciting gaming tournament action with games including FIFA, Street Fighter V Halo, Rocket League and TrackMania..

Children aged 12 and under can enjoy the dedicated Resonate Juniors area designed together with 110% Gaming. As an interactive zone, it will let kids ‘live the games’ while they learn tactics, compete and win prizes.

To top it all off, visitors will be able to get their hands on the latest kit with well respected local gaming retailer Creative Computing also on board to offer gamers the chance to try and buy hardware from key international brands including BullGuard, GIGABYTE, Thermaltake, Razer and AOC – the first time they will have all been showcased together in Scotland.

Set in a high-tempo, exciting environment, festival-goers will explore new, retro and indie games while competing alongside their peers on Scotland's biggest gaming stage! They'll also meet YouTube & broadcast champions!

The Indie Zone is where visitors can play, experience, compete and watch the next up-and-coming games and visit the Indie Arcade, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and All4Games, for a chance to play great games designed by previous Game Jam winners as well as some BAFTA winning titles.

With support from the city and across the country, all eyes will be on the Clydeside this summer when Resonate opens its doors…

Resonate has brought together many businesses and organisations from across Glasgow and the UK to collaborate and develop Glasgow as a not only a city of major events but a city of Gaming in its own right. Discover below what some of the Partners and supporters have been saying:

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO at Ukie, the only UK trade body for games and interactive entertainment industry, said:

“Resonate: Total Gaming will shine a welcome spotlight on Scotland’s impressive games sector, which is a vital economic and cultural contributor to the UK’s games industry, and is the birthplace to the fastest selling entertainment product of all time, GTA V as well as many other well-known titles and technologies. Glasgow is bursting with talent, creativity and culture so we are pleased to support Resonate’s mission to celebrate games, the Scottish sector’s creativity, and raising the profile of this important games city.”

Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said:

“Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as a world-class major events destination and a creative powerhouse, so we’re excited to be hosting Scotland’s leading festival of eSports and gaming in our city. Moreover, the state-of-the-art campus at the SECC lends itself perfectly to an event like Resonate and will deliver a phenomenally immersive experience for gamers and visitors alike.”

Colin MacDonald, Commissioner at Channel 4’s - All 4 Games, said:

“All 4 Games is all about harnessing the creativity of new games and getting them out there to a playing audience. Resonate is doing exactly that – but in a live environment! Dundee has long been the heart of gaming in Scotland, so it’s great to see the industries expansion into other cities like Glasgow through events such as Resonate. We’re really excited to be part of it – and look forward to celebrating all things gaming!”

Jon Blayney, Events & PR Manager at Xtreme Gaming, said:

“At Xtreme Gaming we are all about the community, you are the people who buy and play games so we want to make sure you have an amazing time doing so. With one of a kind experiences being something we love to deliver, we are planning something special for the people attending Resonate 2016. Our stand will be a live action eSports zone full of challenges, prizes and fun! So if you want to play a game on our stage, have a casual game with friends or take part in one of our daily challenges… Come along and join in!”

For more information about Resonate - Total Gaming (29 – 31 July 2016), how to get involved or book tickets, visit www.resonatetotalgaming.com

Interested in a related degree? Look at Computer Games Development at the University of West of Scotland, Computer Games (Design) at Glasgow Caledonian University and Computer Game Applications Development at the University of Abertay.