Now Play This 2024: Open Call

Now Play This returns to Somerset House in Spring 2024 with a new edition of the festival. As in previous years we want to use the festival to delve into a pressing subject, and find ways that games can shed a new light on the unexpected aspects of it.

by Luján Oulton NPT2024, News, Open Call

ANNOUNCEMENT: Now Play This Director Appointment

We are so pleased to announce the appointment of our new director, Luján Oulton, who will lead Now Play This into our 2024 festival and beyond! We’ve already started plotting what that will look like, and are very excited to start sharing our plans wit

by Nick NPT2024, News

Now Play This Summer Summit

Are you a game-maker or artist interested in careful and caring game design? We would like to invite you to the Now Play This Summer Summit!  April’s Now Play This Festival investigated one of humanity’s foundational experiences: love. Continuing some

by Nick NPT2023, News
Audience member in front of large yellow screen

Why we do what we do

Now Play This started with an idea – could we make space for all the interesting stuff that was happening around the fringes of game making? Games-literate people were bending the form in innovative ways to comment on culture, to explore ideas and find

by Sophie Sampson News

We are looking for a new director!

Now Play This first ran in 2015. We had half a dozen rooms of games and opened them for three days, testing out the idea of a festival that looked at game design in all its forms: videogames, board games, playful sculpture, interactive poetry, work by

by Nick News

Now Play This 2023 – OPEN CALL

Now Play This will be returning to Somerset House in Spring of 2023 as part of London Games Festival. We’re once again opening up a call for playful makers and creators to tell us about their work. Daisy Oracle of Love – U.S. Patent Application by Pedr

by Sebastian Quack NPT2023, News

How to participate in Now Play This 2022 outdoors & online!

We’re so excited to be back at Somerset House after two years of hosting Now Play This online, but we know that being on-site for this year’s festival won’t suit everyone. So we’ve made sure to provide lots of different ways to be involved, whether tha

by Holly Gibbs NPT2022, News

Create Experimental Games & Playful Art at the Now Play This Design Camp!

We’re inviting makers, artists, researchers, organisers and activists from all backgrounds to come together for a week of co-creation, reflection and play at Somerset House. In the lead-up to this year’s Now Play This festival, we are hosting a design

by Sebastian Quack NPT2022, News

Venturing back into physical space

After another year of online activities, we were thrilled to present some of the highlights from our 2021 programme in a physical space full of real people at Next Level Festival. Next Level takes place in Essen, Germany, at Zollverein, a former coal m

by Sebastian Quack NPT2021, News

Announcement: Meet our new festival director & board!

2021 is fast approaching and we are busy planning a new year of events, exhibitions and commissions. There will be a few changes to the festival, and as part of that we have two exciting announcements.  We are so pleased to announce our new festival di

by Nick News