Funstock will be heading the sponsoring of the competition and will provide a Dingoo retro gaming console to all heat winners. There will also be a grand prize for the eventual winner.
The events themselves will be taking part across the UK throughout the year, beginning at the Game Expo East Kent and finishing at the Play Expo in Manchester this coming October. Each heat will feature five games from a shortlist of 15 and will include classics such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Kart and Paperboy.
While entrance to the tournament is free, you’ll still have to have purchased a show ticket for wherever the heat is being held.
In addition to receiving a Dingoo for winning their heat, winners will also receive a special CGC medal and an expenses paid trip to Manchester.
Retro competitions like this have always been a big draw at past events so its good to see Replay Events tackling things on a far bigger scale. Here’s hoping Robotron makes the short list. We may have to take part ourselves…
The Nine Heats are as follows
• Game Expo East Kent – 21-23 February, Margate
• *NEW* Cardiff Film & Comic Con – 1-2 March, Cardiff
• EGX Rezzed – 28-30 March, Birmingham
• Play Blackpool – 3-4 May, Blackpool
• *NEW* NERG – 5-6 July, Gateshead
• *NEW* London Film & Comic Con – 11-12 July, London
• *NEW* Collectormania, 23-24 August, Glasgow
• EGX London – 25-28 September, London
• Play Expo – October, Manchester
You can find out more information by visiting the official website.