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Mathew Anderson

Member Since 30 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active Apr 15 2016 09:28 PM

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Events for Gamers enters 2016 with more events than ever!

24 January 2016 - 04:47 PM

We're super excited to bring so many new events to the calendar this year. Last year was an incredible achievement with over 250 unique events, but now we're looking to hit the 300-event milestone in 2016! We've also been increasingly covering events on the site's social networks, so be sure to join them!

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eventsforgamers

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eventsforgamers

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/eventsforgamers

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+EventsForGamers

Events for Gamers has a core focus mostly on listing industry professional conferences and conventions. There is also a diversity of other industry related events, such as the IGDA Leadership Summit, and the hardware show, Computex. The calendar has grown so much, that we've added a new Quick List that features all of the events in one easy to peruse page:

Quick List: http://www.eventsforgamers.com/events/

Core Calendar: http://www.eventsforgamers.com/calendar/

Google+ Calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=eventsforgamers@gmail.com

This focus keeps the list from overflowing with events that stretch beyond the bounds of what we know you want to get the most out of the site. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive list that pertains to the professional industry. If a LAN event or festival has hardware vendors or similar backing, that is often sufficient to qualify it to be listed. There are other considerations as well, including events requesting being directly added.

Events for Gamers wouldn't be possible without your event and news submissions. Whether you are an event coordinator, attendee, or industry writer, we greatly appreciate your submissions and want to hear from you! Even if it is just to inform our team of a new event, it helps the rest of the community to get the key attendance information they need as soon as it becomes available.

Thanks for being a valuable contributor to the Events for Gamers community!

Trouble with our sites style on WPEngine

15 January 2014 - 12:12 PM

I was hoping a CSS/web/Wordpress expert could help us out here. We've had the core function of our site down for a week now, the event calendar.


The trouble began after we migrated to WPEngine. The staging environment works fine (e4g.staging.wpengine.com), but only logged in admin users of the primary (e4g.wpengine.com forwarding to eventsforgamers.com) will work. Those not logged in or not admin see the main calendar and sidebar calendar without the CSS style.


Everything else with the site works jiffy. I suspect this is a server caching limitation or security block somehow. Can this be worked around, or what do I need to say to WPEngine to get this fixed?


Thanks so much in advance!


- Mathew

New game conference event calendar

06 December 2013 - 03:10 PM

It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally reached the point in the development of Events For Gamers and all its websites to where we can provide you a truly all-encompassing game industry event browsing experience. The features you are looking for get their full treatment right here with the newly announced website!


Read more about Events For Gamers at: http://www.eventsforgamers.com.


The Site’s History


If you haven’t visited the site before, Events For Gamers was originally launched back in 2008. Marking our 5th anniversary, it’s been through five unique iterations. The first design theme was on a custom HTML solution and had no news or forum capabilities. Suffice it to say that design didn’t last very long with its myriad of template errors and security issues.


We quickly moved on to what was at the time a very promising CMS solution – Drupal. While it took awhile to setup and tweak the template, Drupal provided a fantastic array of options to customize the site in order to provide all of the event categories you wanted. Unfortunately, Drupal was too complex for us to maintain. It often had outdated plug-ins that opened up significant security threat concerns.


The Previous Design


This brings us to the previous iteration on Invision Power Boards (IPB). Up until WordPress, this was our most promising CMS platform. A few years ago the folks at IPB decided that CMS systems were so popular, they needed to take their forum solution to the next level. They added to the forums several key CSM features that included articles, pages, commenting, etc.


The site would still be on IPB today if it wasn’t for our recent experience in working with WordPress. Between Drupal, IPB, and even vBulletin and its wide array of options, we can’t positively remark enough about how WordPress and all the available plugins brought this site to the next level. As you peruse this site and reflect on how difficult it was in the past to navigate event pages, you will see what we mean.


New Event Features


Here is a highlighted list of all the game industry event features you will want to take a look at:

  • SEO optimized news section with the ability for you to submit news to us, as well as receive feeds and comment updates via e-mail
  • Dynamic event calendar section with the ability to submit calendar events. Also includes a new category: Parties!
  • Individual exclusive event pages that have complete customization for event coordinators to present any content they wish to reveal
  • Google World Map that shows where all the events are around the globe
  • Multiple Facebook and Twitter feeds to quickly view the latest hourly event announcements
  • ‘Connections’ profile section to find others in the industry that you may wish to connect with (direct game and event support fields coming soon!)
  • Improved ways to share social network feeds, news posts, videos, and calendar events straight to your Google Calendar!
  • Built on an open CMS solution that provides robust community development


And much, much more. This is only the beginning of what we will be able to offer game industry event attendees and interested readers.


Join the Community


If you have any questions about the new site, find an event we do not have listed, an update to an existing event we should add, have experience working with WordPress or editorial skills and would like to help us out, please contact us!


Thanks everyone for being a part of the Events For Gamers community!

Get 30% off a LOGIN Conference pass by using code E4G30

21 June 2013 - 08:49 PM

Missed early bird LOGIN registration? Register now for a LOGIN Conference pass via this E4G exclusive link and get 30% off! Using the link automatically discounts the cost from the normal registration fee.


Link also here: http://login2013.eventbrite.com/?discount=E4G30#

Summer game events

06 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

Anyone attending the summer fan events like Blizzcon, QuakeCon, Gen Con, and others?