The QV Melbourne is hosting a free gaming festival in September called Game/On. The event will include eSports contests, a retro gaming arcade, augmented reality scavenger hunt and a Nintendo themed candy bar. The event will run out of the QV Square and surrounding laneways from 31 August – 23 September. The Game/On festival is not only a celebration of Melbourne’s artistic culture but also Melbourne’s strong gaming community.

On Friday, the 31 August, the event will kick off with a bang as Game/On celebrates with the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out. The AR Scavenger Hunt will begin at 10am and offer specially themed prizes from the QV fashion retailers, such as Republic Boutique vouchers. The launch night will also offer gamers ‘Power-Up’ vodka-based syringe shots. After the launch night, every Friday night from 4pm-7pm will host a party for gamers in the Nintendo themed bar. On display will be a retro gaming themed DJ set and a live progressive art installation in Albert Coates Lane.

Retro Arcade cabinets. Source: Fwoosh user VeeBee

The event will offer a slew of daily activities. The AR scavenger hunt is open everyday, offering a total of $10000 worth of prizes. To enter, simply scan the QR code in QV Square and set off to collect the five tokens needed for prizes. From 11am onwards, the retro arcade and big screen will be open to the public. This will included games such as Space Invaders, Mario Kart, Pong, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and many, many more. These public sessions are the perfect opportunity for keen players to brush up on their skills ahead of the official eSports competition.

Across the first three Fridays of the festival, gamers will compete in a Super Smash Bros. competition, with a chance to win $2000 worth of prizes. is reporting that the competition will work on a heat based system, with contestants going on to compete against professionals.

The upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. Source: Nintendo

They state “home-game heroes will compete in 2-3 minute heats of Super Smash Bros from 5pm-6:30pm. At 6:30pm, the top five scorers will test against the professionals. Then the top two public players from each night will progress to the grand final on Friday 21 September.”

The Game/On festival is completely free and open to the public.

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