Upcoming Video Game Events in Wisconsin

Human Head
07 / 30 / 18
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As Wisconsin’s game scene continues to grow, more and more exciting events are popping up in the Madison area. These events range from casual to professional and welcome developers and fans of all ages. Check out the list and grab your calendars, there’s something here for everyone!


FemDev Game Jam • August 4-5, 2018
— Powderkeg (330 Locust Dr, Verona, WI)
Founded by Human Head’s own Katherine StullMadison FemDev aims to promote gender diversity for women, non-binary, femme, and girl-identifying people in the games industry.  Join them in Verona for a two-day game jam full of food and fun!

Madison Comic Con • August 12, 2018
— Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI)
Mighty Con is going big for their last hurrah of the year with over 100 vendors, cosplay events for kids and adults, and a free comic book at the door! Entry is free for all children under 12 years old.

Play Make Learn • August 13-14, 2018
— Union South (308 W. Dayton St, Madison, WI)
Play Make Learn is a weekend-long convention for game makers and educators alike. Hear about interactive solutions for personalized learning, try out the newest virtual reality games, and plenty more. Register for the event here!

Forward Fest • August 22, 2018
— StartingBlock Madison (821 E. Washington Ave, Suite 200, Madison, WI)
The Wisconsin Games Alliance will host Forward Fest, a celebration of the area’s technology and entrepreneur community. Don’t miss out on this free event, held at the brand new StartingBlock Madison.

Indie Arcade Presents: Community Garden • August 31, 2018
— Robinia Courtyard (829 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI)
In preparation for Indie Arcade Vol. 3, head to Robinia Courtyard for a night of garden-themed indie excitement! The list of developers includes Flippfly, Lunar Signals, Madison FemDev, and more.

Indie Arcade Vol. 3 • October 11, 2018
— Robinia Courtyard (829 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI)
Head back to Robinia Courtyard for the third installment of Indie Arcade! Check out a showcase of premier indie games from the Midwest and beyond. Developer submissions will open mid-August!

M+DEV Conference • October 19, 2018
— Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI)
M+DEV returns for their second annual professional video game developers conference. Meet and hear from established developers for a full day of learning and networking.


Whether you’re a seasoned developer or just entering the game scene, these events have plenty to offer. Follow the links provided to see how you can get involved. If you’d like to share another event, leave a comment.


Photography by Meaghan Sargent