Major three-day gaming convention for Peterborough is postponed

CityLAN Launches in Peterborough Ahead of the eSports and Technology Careers Expo in August, Luke Harris Plays Halo TMCC Kingsgate Conference Centre, Peterborough 10/03/2015.  Picture by Terry Harris. THA
CityLAN Launches in Peterborough Ahead of the eSports and Technology Careers Expo in August, Luke Harris Plays Halo TMCC Kingsgate Conference Centre, Peterborough 10/03/2015. Picture by Terry Harris. THA

A major three-day gaming convention for Peterborough has been postponed until next year.

The event called CITYLAN was due to begin on Thursday, August 20 with top gamers from the United States, Sweden and the UK participating in live Call of Duty tournaments on both the XBOX One and Playstation 4.

Workshops and a careers exposition were also part of the convention.

In addition, a giant screen of 157 inches by 118 inches opposite the guildhall in the city centre was due to be showing matches of the game Fifa and other parts of the convention.

However, organisers say the decision to move the convention from the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Parnwell to Peterborough United’s ABAX Stadium, due to high demand, has impacted the event they were looking to put on.

Therefore, they have decided to hold back until the Peterborough City Skills Service 2016 careers event, which as yet has no planned date.

Ticket holders for next week will receive a refund through the website Eventbrite.

In a statement announcing the postponement, organisers said: “Due to the event having grown bigger than originally anticipated we were required to relocate to a larger city centre venue, but with this move being so close to the event and with the additional workload and health and safety requirements it became impossible to manage in such a short time and would have been a shadow of the event that we promised and wanted to deliver.

“We will still host an eSports tournament as part of our interactive entertainment portfolio ensuring we bring the excitement and tension of eSports to the city in a new and innovative way where the entire community is involved from the ground up.

“This will include a number of smaller LAN parties throughout 2016 taking the eSports to different venues to show businesses that there is a new sport in town and encouraging them to become more involved.”

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View: The CITYLAN statement in full