Play NYC, New York’s Biggest Game Convention, Returns In-Person, 65+ Studios, Exclusive Game Debuts & Safe Fun for All (Aug. 7-8)

Playcrafting announced today more than 65 game studios will join the 5th annual Play NYC  – the biggest, multi-day game convention in New York – live and in-person at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th Street) on August 7-8, 2021 to celebrate the return to playing, together.

Play NYC, which is once more supported by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, will feature playable games from studios large and small, and from creators old and new. Among this year’s meany features will be a new game from the world-renowned Avalanche Studios, the highly anticipated “Skate Story” by Sam Eng, and exclusive, debut demos from indie studios Moving Pieces (Shoulders of Giants) and a new VR experience from Pittsburgh-based studio Schell Games (I Expect You To Die 2). Additionally, Play NYC’s annual Graffiti Games program will showcase five brand new games created by developers from diverse backgrounds exclusively for Play NYC. All of the Graffiti Games, which can only be played with other people in the same room, are designed to convey what it means to play together, without any distance.

“When Play NYC was virtual last year, we got to see first-hand how games have helped so many people stay connected, unwind and escape during the pandemic,” said Dan Butchko, Playcrafting’s Founder & CEO. “Play NYC gives developers a safe space to show what they’ve been working on and people of all ages get the chance to get together, in real life, to celebrate the unifying power of games. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

This year, Playcrafting is adding new measures to deliver a fun and safe experience. All attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry. A negative test result taken within 48-hours will be accepted for children under 16.

65+ Confirmed Exhibitors To Date

Andrew Simon Thomas

Anthropic Studios

Astral Clocktower Studios

Augmented Pictures

Autonomic Interactive

Avalanche Studios

Baconeggandcheese (Sponsored by Schell Games)


Bindlestick Media

by Sam Eng

Cheap Ramen Games

Coexist Gaming

Computer Lunch

DB Attic Studios

Decoy Games

Drunk in Love

Friendship is Fun LLC

Giant Fox Studios, LLC

Greco Roman Games

Greystone Games LLC

Gumbo Collective Inc.

Phat Games


Item Get

KinSoul Studio


Move Rate 20 Games


Moving Pieces

Muse Monk Games



One Method Monkey LLC

Panda Hawk Games

PM Studios

Possum House Games

Pine Drake Games



Redstart LLC

Rue and Shadow

Rushdown Revolt

Schell Games

Seize The Play LLC

Talaga Games Studio (Sponsored by MHarris Games)

Team iNtuition (Sponsored by Naughty Children at Play)

TILT Games

Unreal Engine

Wirescribe Corp

Whalefood Games

Zero Eden Games

Visit for more detials. Tickets are now on sale here. Click here to request press passes. Play NYC activities will also be live streamed on Playcrafting’s Twitch page.

About Playcrafting

Playcrafting is the largest network of game creators in New York and one of the largest in the U.S, with more than 30,000 actively engaged developers. Playcrafting offers more than 50 local and industry-recognized classes and events, such as the Play NYC convention, The Bit Awards, and the largest Global Game Jam site in the U.S. These events give game creators and fans the chance to connect, learn and play. Since 2017, Playcrafting has connected the world’s biggest companies with game  developers nationwide. These partnerships have generated 88 games and prototypes and over $2 million in funding for independent game developers with companies like Bose, Google, Verizon, the NFL, Facebook, IBM, and Schick. Click here for more on our brand partnerships and to discover ways gaming can move your company and industry forward through play!