Game Happens started in 2014 as an international festival in Italy – part conference and part showcase – dedicated to both indie game developersand students, without forgetting the diversity and variety of involved ideas and points of view.
Game Happens brought together in Genova amazing and inspiring game people such as Rhianna Pratchett, Paolo Pedercini, Eric Zimmerman, Tale of Tales, Rami Ismail, Adrian Hon, and Chipzel.
Learn more about our editions:
- [2018 – CANCELLED] Game Happens – Urban Geographies
-  Game Happens – On Stage
-  Game Happens! – Right Now
-  Game Happens! – Beyond the Screen
-  Game Happens!
Location: Villa Durazzo Bombrini
Villa Durazzo Bombrini is one of the most beautiful historical villas in the western side of Genova. Today, it represents the meeting point between art and technology, being home to more than 40 teams working in the creative industries: video production, game development, product design, stage design, photography and music industry.
That’s why Game Happens – a festival focused on the design and artistic side of games as well as the experimental and technological aspects of interactive installations – has been founded there. The local roots are well kept in consideration since Genova, as well as the region Liguria, has been involved in the video game and in the comics industry from the very beginning.
Built in 1752, in the XIX century Villa Durazzo Bombrini was one of the summer residences of the Royal House of Savoy. For the first half of the XX century, the district around the Villa had an important steel mill, but in the last decade the area has been converted to a post-industrial area focused on small companies and handwork.
How to get here
Villa Durazzo Bombrini
Via L.A. Muratori, 5
Genova is directly connected to Rome, London (Stansted, Gatwick), Paris, Amsterdam and Munich. You can reach Villa Durazzo Bombrini in 10 minutes by taxi from the Genova Airport (Cristoforo Colombo Airport), or you can take the airport shuttle (Volabus) towards downtown, get off at Via Pacinotti/Fiumara.
Take the highway exits of Genova Ovest (A7) or Genova Aeroporto (A10), and then follow the directions for Cornigliano – Villa Durazzo Bombrini. You can park in Via Muratori (free parking), or in the private parking on the East side of Villa Durazzo Bombrini (available to attendees during event hours).
Villa Bombrini is located about 10 minutes from the Genova Sampierdarena train station. Otherwise, if you arrive at Genova Piazza Principe train station, you can get the bus number 3 right in front of the station (direction: Sestri – Via Soliman), and then get off at Giardini Melis stop (about 20 minutes ride).
Public transport: the city’s public transport service is run by AMT and allows visitors to get around easily thanks to its extensive network connecting the entire city: this complete, integrated system includes buses, an underground, funiculars, and lifts. More info at visitgenoa.it
Local taxi company: (+39) 010 5966
You can learn everything about Genova at visitgenoa.it
A Few Suggestions
- Acquario di Genova (the largest Aquarium in Europe)
- Galata Museo del Mare (the largest Italian maritime museum; you can also visit the Nazario Sauro, the largest Italian submarine that can be visited still afloat)
- Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s residence, venue of many art and cultural exhibitions)
- Botteghe Storiche (a list of typical historic shops in Genova)
- How to Eat Your Way Through Genoa, Italy’s Most Underrated City (Condé Nast Traveler, May 31, 2017)
- Genoa Isn’t Rome or Florence. That’s Part of Its Charm. (The New York Times, April 26 2017)
- 9 Incredible European Cities that Tourists Overlook (The Independent, February 16, 2017)
- Is Genoa Italy’s most underrated city? (The Telegraph, June 7 2016)