The French video game show is planning big with program enhancements for its comeback


After two successive cancellations due to the pandemic, then a reduced edition in a single hall of the exhibition center, the largest French video game show returns at the beginning of November in “next level” format at the Porte de Versailles.

Three halls “meets players’ expectations“, the streameur Cameto originally from Essonne in “guest of honor“…Paris Games Week is back in force and fashion”next level“for his 12the editing.

From 1is on November 5, the largest French video game event will once again take over three halls at Porte de Versailles, in the largest French exhibition center located in 15e district of Paris.

It is important for us that all the players, especially the youngest, can get together and have a sort of communion during the show by meeting their friends.insists organizer James Rebours. We want this edition of Paris Games Week to be a festive event.

“We want this edition of Paris Games Week to be a festive event”

James Rebours

Organizer of the PGW and president of SELL

In 2022, Paris Games Week edition “restart” – start again – brought together more than 150,000 visitors and enthusiasts in five days within the unique Hall 1 of the Porte de Versailles.

The largest video game show continues to give pride of place to esports: the main stage of Paris Games Week increases from 800 to 1,800 seats, symbol of a return to post-pandemic capacities for this major event of the French video game industry.

In France, more than 10.8 million Internet users over the age of 15 are interested in esports, including 6 million watching video game competitions according to the 2022 barometer from the France Esports association.

“It will be the most beautiful esports scene we have ever had at European level”

James Rebours

Organizer of the PGW and president of SELL

It will host tournament finals and esports competitions on its stage.at European and international level“for programming”more ambitious” specifies the organizer in a press release.

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We really increased the entire esports dimension of Paris Games Week with five non-stop days of esports programming. It will be the most beautiful esports scene we have ever had at European level“, welcomes James Rebours, the organizer of Paris Games Week and president of the Union of Leisure Software Publishers (SELL).

The esports competition program

— The 1stis November, La Banque Postale Coupe de France of League of Legends will shine on the stage of Paris Games Week. A competition which has the particularity of being open to professionals and amateur players alike.

— November 3rd Seniors Trophy around the game Wii Bowling will take possession of the big stage, organized by the SilverGeek association which fights against digital exclusion and isolation of the elderly. Last year, Monique and Marcel, two Breton retirees aged 70 and 95, won the national final of the tournament during Paris Games Week.

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— On November 4, the semi-finals and the final of theEVA Coupe de France 2023pour “Esports Virtual Arenas“, a discipline focused on virtual reality.

— On November 5, the PGW will host the Capcom Pro Tour 2023an international competition open to all around the game Street Fighter 6.

“Kameto will set the pace for these events. […] He is capable of promoting esports at the national level and attracting passionate crowds.”

James Rebours

Organizer of the PGW and president of SELL

Gold, the ultra-popular streamer and entrepreneur Cametoalias Kamel Kebir, great figure in French esports and originally from Corbeil-Essonnes, will be the “guest of honor” of this edition.

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Kameto will set the pace for these events. He is the embodiment of the player who is capable of being on all fields, of promoting esports at the national level and of seducing passionate crowds.“, proclaims James Rebours. Around ten streamers will also be present and will intervene “under the guidance” of Kameto.

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Nintendo – and others SwitchPlayStation – and the PS5as well as Microsoft – and its Xbox… They will be there. The three global console manufacturers confirmed their presence for this edition at the end of September, as did major video game publishers such as the French Ubisoft and the Japanese Bandai Namco, Capcom and Square Enix.

“An auction of retro consoles will be organized. It’s a first”

James Rebours

Organizer of the PGW and president of SELL

Retrogaming will also be in the spotlight during this edition: “an auction of retro products and consoles will be organized, a sort of Sotheby’s of video games. It’s a first“, confides James Rebours. As with retrogaming spaces, enthusiasts will be able to test consoles and upcoming games as the end-of-year holidays approach.

The lucky ones will be able to jump on the highly anticipated titles such as Final Fantasy VII Rebirthannounced for the end of February 2024, or even Tekken 8 – scheduled for next January.

If French players will be able to find the essentials that make up the DNA of the show, an esports and sports “village” is new for this edition.next level“. “In the Ile-de-France region, there is a strong desire to push esports into a sporting dynamicindicates James Rebours. There are shared values: collective spirit, competition, the ability to improve and performance.

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The esports village will offer a virtual motorsport experience, a discovery of virtual glider flight – also called “ePlaneur“, an introduction to three-on-three basketball, or a skatepark to learn skateboarding accompanied by a competition open to all on Saturday and Sunday.

“This openness to the video game ecosystem is essential, to esports today and ultimately to the artistic universe”

James Rebours

Organizer of the PGW and president of SELL

For the organizer, this edition “next level“is the opportunity”go further“around the video game ecosystem.”We will strengthen the esports part in the years to come, but also the pop culture, cinema and music part“, he confides. The artistic world will find its place there this year, with a dedicated area in the heart of hall 2: “this will highlight what can be done by real talented creators who imagine parallel worlds.”

An edition which marks the return of cosplay with a competition which will take place on the main stage, in which everyone can participate. “This openness to the video game ecosystem is essential, to esports today and ultimately to the artistic universe.”

Programming and more information on event website. Paris Games Week 2023from 1is to November 5, 2023 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Try to win your invitation at the show with the France Télévisions Culture Fans club.



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