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3 Best Destinations for a Gaming-Oriented Holiday

14 Feb 2024
If you’re an avid gamer who enjoys playing a wide range of video games from your Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or laptop and also want to see the world, then you may want to consider going on a gaming-oriented holiday. The gaming tourism niche is now a multi-billion dollar industry and is more popular than ever. Let’s dive straight in to reveal the names of three of the biggest destinations for a gaming-themed holiday.
3 Best Destinations for a Gaming-Oriented Holiday © Andre Hunter / Unsplash

What is gaming tourism?

When it comes to gaming tourism, there are two different categories. One type of gaming tourism is where you actually go out into the big wide world to visit any of the world’s most video game-friendly destinations. When you physically go to these places, you can attend some of the world’s biggest gaming expos/conferences and sample the latest games (or the traditional favourites) at licensed and regulated online casino sites using your preferred desktop or mobile device. You can also visit gaming museums, stay at gaming-themed hotels, or be a spectator in the finals of a huge eSports tournament while travelling the world.

The other type is where you never need to leave your home to visit some of the world’s most iconic destinations or watch the world’s biggest eSports events. You can do so from the comfort of your own home using only the latest tech. To do this type of gaming tourism, all you need is the right kind of AR (Augmented Reality) or VR (Virtual Reality) headset, a travel app that lets you visit the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, or any other iconic location. If you want to watch an eSports event without having to travel miles, all you need is a reliable streaming site like Twitch that streams the world’s biggest eSports events.
Who needs clocks, daylight or reality? Not these fine fellows! © Jezael Melgoza / Unsplash
There was even a company that let you visit some of today’s biggest triple-A video game destinations in hit titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Anthem, Sea of Thieves, Metro Exodus, and Halo 5: Guardians. You could meet up with friends and take in the enchanting surroundings like you were on holiday without having to try to complete the game. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking to explore that world, then there’s nothing quite like getting out there and physically experiencing these places and events in person.

What are the top 3 gaming-oriented holiday destinations in the world?

If you are looking to get away from it all and see the world yet still stay well connected with the global gaming community and culture, then you may want to try visiting one of these major hubs well known for catering to gamers in more ways than one:

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Seoul, Korea
3. Los Angeles, USA

They have pretty much everything a gaming tourist could ever want from a gaming-oriented holiday, and they are easy to get to. If you want more suggestions and have plenty of spare cash floating around, you must also visit London in England and Manilla in the Philippines.
Hand tats? Never a bad idea in our book © Kadyn Pierce / Unsplash

Honourable mentions

In recent years, some of the other major destinations on the planet that are also getting a name for themselves as great gaming tourism destinations for one reason or another are Cologne in Germany, Sacramento and Seattle, which are both in America, Zurich in Switzerland, and Stockholm in Sweden.

Final note

Thanks to the booming global iGaming and eSports industries, the latest developments in video game technology, major gaming exhibitions held across the globe, and the ever-growing gaming community, gaming-oriented holidays are bigger than ever and are here to stay.

Some of the biggest gaming exhibitions you want to try to visit when you next go on your travels are the PlayStation Experience, the Tokyo Game Show, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Game Developers Conference, Gamescom, QuakeCon, and ChinaJoy, to name a few.


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