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Meet professional gamers and test out virtual reality at free Thamesmead gaming festival

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 07 August 2017

The Link in Thamesmead is hosting a gaming festival later this month

The Link in Thamesmead is hosting a gaming festival later this month

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The event is free to Bexley and Greenwich residents

A week-long festival of gaming is arriving in Thamesmead later this month, with Bexley residents able to go free.

The Thamesmead festival starts on August 21 and is open to anyone aged 11 and over living in the borough, or neighbouring Greenwich.

Professional gamers will meet visitors, who will also have access to the latest virtual reality equipment at the festival.

Peabody have organised the festival alongside GAME and PopUp Business School, with the hope young people will gain insight into the careers available within the growing gaming industry.

PopUp Business School’s co-founder, Alan Donegan said: “We are excited to be working to help young people realise it is more possible than ever to make their living doing something they are passionate about. With the rate the gaming industry is growing, there has never been a better time for young people to get involved in a really exciting future.”

Stephen Burns, Peabody’s executive director of communities, said: “The gaming and enterprise industry is worth nearly £4bn in the UK alone so we want to help people learn more about it.”

The event lasts takes place midday to 5pm from Monday August 21 to Friday, August 25.

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