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The GameHotel Festival 2024 at the Sempachersee Hotel

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The GameHotel Festival 2024 on Lake Sempach promises an unforgettable experience for all gaming enthusiasts. On November 2nd and 3rd 2024, the Hotel Sempachersee will open its doors for a weekend full of games, tournaments and interactive workshops. In collaboration with the Swiss Paraplegic Center, the festival offers a diverse program tailored to the needs and interests of gamers of all ages.

From exciting competitions to inspiring talks on accessibility in games, the GameHotel Festival has something for everyone. In addition to the gaming events, culinary highlights in the Vivace Restaurant and the Lago Bar will ensure the physical well-being of visitors. Whether beginner or pro, the GameHotel Festival 2024 is the perfect opportunity to exchange ideas with like-minded people and discover new gaming trends.


Program highlights of the GameHotel Festival 2024

The GameHotel Festival 2024 offers a diverse program with numerous highlights. From informative talks and workshops to exciting tournaments and interactive gaming areas, there is something for everyone. Here is an overview of the most important program items on Saturday and Sunday.


On Saturday, November 2, the program starts at 1 pm with a presentation on careers as a game developer. Here, participants will learn what steps are necessary to gain a foothold in the gaming industry and which skills are particularly in demand.

An introduction to accessibility in games will follow at 2 pm. This presentation will show how games can be developed to be accessible for all players and which technologies play a role in this.

At 3 pm there will be a panel discussion on "Accessibility in Games - Status Quo". Experts will discuss the current state of accessibility in the gaming world and provide insights into future developments.

From 4 pm, the day will continue with "Gaming without borders", a session that will show how inclusive gaming is possible and which tools and methods can help.

The day ends with an exciting live coaching session for Super Smash Bros at 6 pm and a musical finale at 7 pm with 8Bit Sound by David Pfluger.


Sunday, November 3, starts at 1 pm with an interactive talk about the importance of gaming and how to deal with it. "Let's talk gaming" offers a platform for discussions and the exchange of experiences.

At 2 pm, the use of artificial intelligence for accessibility will be on the agenda. This will show how AI can be used to make games more accessible for everyone.

The next item on the program at 3 pm is the talk "Enjoying games again". Here, experts will share their tips and tricks on how to regain the joy of gaming.

This will be followed at 4 pm by a session on adaptive controllers entitled "Plug'n'Play?". Participants will learn how these controllers work and what advantages they offer.

The event will conclude at 5 pm with a talk with four successful influencers. They will provide insights into their careers and explain what it takes to be successful as an influencer in the gaming sector.

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Special highlights of the GameHotel Festival 2024

In addition to the lectures and workshops, the GameHotel Festival offers numerous interactive entertainment areas.

The GameHotel Festival 2024 at Lake Sempach offers a variety of special features and amenities that make the event a unique experience. The focus is on accessibility, cosplay workshops, retro gaming and VR experiences. Here are the details of the festival's special offers.

Focus on accessibility and inclusion:

The GameHotel Festival 2024 attaches great importance to accessibility and inclusion. The aim is to create an inclusive gaming environment in which everyone can participate. Various workshops and talks will focus on accessibility in games. The free-to-play areas are specially designed to present games with accessible settings. Participants can experience games such as Prince of Persia in high contrast mode or The Last of Us in blind mode. These efforts underline the festival's commitment to an accessible and inclusive gaming community.

Cosplay workshops and selfie spots:

Another highlight of the festival are the cosplay workshops and selfie spots. Four cosplay booths will offer workshops on various topics, including sewing costumes, building armor and coaching for performances. These workshops are ideal for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the world of cosplay or improve their skills. In addition, there are three selfie points with themed backdrops and decorations perfect for photos with cosplayers. These areas offer a great opportunity to be creative and capture unforgettable memories.

Retro gaming area:

The retro gaming area is a must for all fans of classic games. Here visitors will find mini arcades of well-known games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders and TMNT. There are also arcade sticks and retro consoles to play with. This area evokes nostalgic feelings and offers the opportunity to rediscover the classics of gaming history. The retro gaming area is not only interesting for experienced gamers, but also for younger visitors who want to experience the beginnings of gaming.

VR experiences: Tennis VR Challenges:

The VR experiences are a special highlight of the festival. Visitors can take part in Tennis VR Challenges and compete against wheelchair tennis player Giuliano Carnavoli. These VR experiences offer an immersive gaming experience that goes far beyond traditional gaming. Participants can look forward to realistic and interactive games that give the feeling of actually being on the tennis court. This innovative technology makes it possible to experience gaming in a completely new way and offers an exciting challenge for all participants.

Competitions and tournaments: Tekken 8, Super Smash Bros, Racing Challenges:

The GameHotel Festival 2024 also offers numerous competitions and tournaments for all gaming fans. Highlights include tournaments in Tekken 8 and Super Smash Bros, which will take place in the auditorium. In addition, there are daily racing challenges in the special Racing Zone, which offer a realistic racing experience. These competitions are a great opportunity to compete with other gamers and win valuable prizes. They encourage sporting ambition and offer plenty of fun and entertainment at the same time.


Culinary offerings at the GameHotel Festival 2024

The GameHotel Festival 2024 not only offers gaming fun, but also culinary highlights. The gastronomic offerings in the Vivace Restaurant and the Lago Bar are specially tailored to the needs of the gaming community.

In the Vivace Restaurant, guests can enjoy a variety of gaming-inspired dishes. These range from hearty snacks to full meals created especially for the festival. The food is not only delicious, but also nutritious and perfect to recharge your batteries for the gaming sessions.

The Lago Bar offers a selection of special gaming drinks to round off the festival experience. These creative drinks are ideal to refresh and recharge your batteries between gaming events. The bar will remain open until midnight and invites guests to end the evening in a relaxed atmosphere.

In addition, there is a gaming area around the Lago Bar with multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch and Fortnite PC stations. These areas offer additional fun and the opportunity to compete with other festival visitors.


The Sempachersee Hotel and the GameHotel Festival 2024

The Sempachersee Hotel offers the ideal conditions for an unforgettable gaming experience. As an event venue, the hotel provides its modern conference rooms and comprehensive technical equipment, which are perfectly tailored to the needs of a major gaming event. With its professional team, the hotel ensures that the festival runs smoothly and that all guests feel at home.

The location of the Sempachersee Hotel on beautiful Lake Sempach provides a relaxed and inspiring environment for the GameHotel Festival. The modern and well-equipped rooms offer guests a comfortable stay, while the numerous leisure activities in the surrounding area, such as cycling and water sports, provide a welcome break between gaming sessions. The hotel offers excellent connections and accessibility for participants from near and far. This combination of first-class facilities and ideal location makes the Sempachersee Hotel the perfect host for the GameHotel Festival 2024.

The collaboration with the Paraplegic Center Paraplegiker-Zentrum enables the creation of an inclusive and barrier-free environment for all participants. The center's expertise helps to ensure that all guests, regardless of their physical abilities, can fully enjoy the festival. The Sempachersee Hotel is thus setting a strong example for inclusion and accessibility in the gaming community.

By providing optimal premises, technical equipment and a beautiful location, the Sempachersee Hotel creates the perfect conditions for a successful and unforgettable GameHotel Festival 2024. It not only offers the setting for an exciting weekend full of gaming and fun, but also the opportunity to be part of an inclusive and diverse community.

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The GameHotel Festival 2024 on Lake Sempach promises to be an exceptional event for gaming fans. With a varied program, numerous activities and culinary highlights, the festival offers an unforgettable experience. Here are the most important reasons why you shouldn't miss this event.

The GameHotel Festival 2024 offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of gaming. On November 2nd und 3rd , a weekend full of exciting activities and workshops awaits you at the Sempachersee Hotel. The collaboration with the Paraplegic Center ensures an inclusive and barrier-free event that welcomes all gaming enthusiasts.

Highlights of the festival include exciting e-sports tournaments in Tekken 8 and Super Smash Bros, daily racing challenges and interactive VR experiences. The free-to-play area allows you to try out different games with accessible settings, while the cosplay workshops and selfie spots offer creative ways to let off steam and create unforgettable memories.

The Sempachersee Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for the festival with its modern meeting rooms and excellent technical equipment. The beautiful location on Lake Sempach and the extensive leisure facilities in the surrounding area contribute to a relaxed and inspiring ambience. The culinary offerings in the Vivace Restaurant and the Lago Bar round off the festival experience and ensure that you are well catered for.

Whether you're an experienced gamer or a newcomer, this festival offers something for everyone.

Get your tickets for the GameHotel Festival 2024 here!


FAQ: GameHotel Festival 2024

What is the GameHotel Festival?

The GameHotel Festival 2024 is a gaming event taking place on November 2 and 3 at the Hotel Sempachersee and Swiss Paraplegic Center. It offers a variety of activities, including e-sports tournaments, workshops and VR experiences. Organized in collaboration with the Paraplegic Centre, the festival places particular emphasis on inclusion and accessibility.

Who can attend?

The GameHotel Festival is aimed at gamers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you are an experienced gamer or a newcomer, the festival offers something for everyone. Families, individuals and groups are all welcome to take part in this unique event. The festival is barrier-free and can also be attended with a wheelchair.

What are the highlights of the festival?

Highlights of the festival include e-sports tournaments in Tekken 8 and Super Smash Bros, daily racing challenges, VR experiences and interactive workshops on topics such as accessibility and game development. There will also be cosplay workshops, a retro gaming area and numerous free-to-play games.

How can I buy tickets?

You can purchase tickets for the GameHotel Festival 2024 directly HERE.

Are there special offers for groups or families?

Yes, the GameHotel Festival offers special deals and discounts for groups and families. Find out about the different options and prices HERE. Group and family tickets provide access to all festival events and activities.

What special provisions are made for accessibility?

The GameHotel Festival attaches great importance to accessibility. In collaboration with the Paraplegic Center, the event is designed to be accessible to all. There are special workshops and lectures on the topic of accessibility in games, and the event areas are designed to be barrier-free. Assistive technologies such as adaptive controllers are available.

What gaming events and tournaments are on offer?

The festival offers a variety of gaming events and tournaments, including competitions in Tekken 8 and Super Smash Bros as well as daily racing challenges. There are also VR experiences and free-to-play areas with accessible game settings. Participants can compete in various disciplines and win valuable prizes.

What culinary offerings are there during the festival?

During the festival, the Vivace Restaurant and the Lago Bar will offer special gaming menus and drinks. These culinary highlights are perfectly tailored to the needs of festival visitors and cater to their physical well-being. The Lago Bar will remain open until midnight and invites you to relax after the gaming sessions.

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