The Toulouse Game Show returns for its 14th edition, for the first time at the new MEETT exhibition center in Toulouse. A record attendance is expected, after the cancellation of 2020, for the pop culture festival (manga, video games, TV series).
But comment do they? Created in 2007, the Toulouse Game Show has become one of the highlights of the year, for lovers of manga culture, video games and TV series. For the 14th edition, the first in the new MEETT Toulouse-Aussonne exhibition center, more than 60,000 visitors are expected. A recording. The organizer, Frédéric Devèze, expects a real “tidal wave” after two years of scarcity.
+ 30% of seats sold before the event
“We saw a 30% increase in the number of presale seats. The fans are very impatient.” The 43-year-old Toulousain, who started in Diagora Labège, finds with the MEETT “a magnificent setting” for the festival. As for fifteen years, it will count on an explosive cocktail of live music, cosplay competitions (costumes of fictional characters), video game demonstrations, conferences, meetings and conferences with actors, cartoonists, screenwriters and YouTubers, without forgetting the stars of cinema and series.
Tom Felton, the “villain” of the Harry Potter saga, a world star
The headliner this year is called Tom Felton. Star adored by fans of the Harry Potter saga in the cinema, the “bad” Draco Malfoy disembarked in a private plane from his London residence, this Friday in Toulouse Blagnac. Housed in a luxury hotel at the expense of the TGS organizers, he will be present to sign autographs, have their photos taken with his fans and talk about his career at a conference, in the large MEETT amphitheater. A paid presence, but an essential headliner for the show.
800 reservations for photoshoots and autographs with the star
“Bringing in Tom Felton is very expensive. We make profitable his cachet thanks to the photo sessions, the” photocalls “and the autographs, paid by the fans”, explains the organizer. For Tom Felton, as for Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully in The X Files) or Richard Dean Anderson (Mac Gyver), to name a few in previous years, the investment is substantial. But it’s worth it. And the fans are present. More than 800 people have already booked their photoshoot for € 90, or their Tom Felton autograph for € 80. “It’s huge, a pre-sale record for a TGS star,” says Frédéric Devèze. “We are also not sure to open new slots on the same day, because 800 people in two days is huge and everyone must have a privileged moment with Tom “and a unique opportunity to meet Tom. Felton this year, the fans are willing to pay those sums, yes. ”
Actors from “The Walking Dead”, “Stargate”, “Avengers”
Besides Tom Felton, Peter Mc Nally (Gibbs in Pirates of the Caribbean), David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis) and Ross Marquand (Aaron in The Walking Dead and Red Skull in Avengers) will be in attendance this weekend. “The Covid and re-shoots took three other stars away from us, in particular John W. Shipp (Flash in the series of the 90s) “. Too bad The 14th TGS will still welcome dubbing actors from Manga, Marvel, manga writers, the new Goldorak comic, about fifteen Youtubers, seven concerts (K Pop). Toulouse Opus 31, compose of 50 musicians and 20 singers, will come to play music from video games and films.
The biggest event of the new MEETT Exhibition Center
The 14th Toulouse Game Show will be the biggest event since the opening of the new MEETT Toulouse-Aussonne exhibition center in summer 2021. Over 30,000 m2, seven out of eight halls, and the large amphitheater will be used during the show . “It is a magnificent setting, more accessible, with 3000 free parking spaces, we are delighted”, deplore the organizers. The health pass, or a negative PCR test will be mandatory to enter the show, and wearing a mask will be mandatory. Presale tickets will be at 9:30 a.m., and ticket office opening at 10 a.m., closing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The price is 16 euros for the day, 26 euros for two days, 11 € for 6-11 year olds, free for children under 6 years old.