Gaming Conventions 2017, 2018

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E3 Expo 2017

E3 Expo

Jun 13-15, 2017
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
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Gen Con 2017

Gen Con

Aug 17-20, 2017
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
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MineCon Earth 2017

MineCon Earth

Nov 18, 2017
Livestreaming
Live, Online
Gamescom 2017

Gamescom

Aug 22-26, 2017
Cologne Exhibition Centre
Cologne, Germany
Coulee Con 2017

Coulee Con

Aug 25-27, 2017
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Omega Con 2017

Omega Con

2017
Holiday Inn
Charlottesville, Virginia
PAX Dev 2017

PAX Dev

2017
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington
TempleCon 2017

TempleCon

2017
Crowne Plaza Rhode Island Providence-Warwick
Warwick, Rhode Island
PAX West 2017

PAX West

Sep 1-4, 2017
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
SoCon 2017

SoCon

Sep 16, 2017
South County Recreation Center
Bixby, Oklahoma
Meggacon 2017

Meggacon

Sep 23, 2017
Commonwealth Commerce Center
Jackson, Michigan
NerdBot Con 2017

NerdBot Con

Sep 30, 2017
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California
GaymerX 2017

GaymerX

2017
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California
Tokyo Game Show 2017

Tokyo Game Show

2017
Makuhari Messe
Chiba, Japan
Tacticon 2017

Tacticon

2017
Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Noble Con 2017

Noble Con

Oct 6-7, 2017
Noble Lion's Club
Noble, Illinois
rAge Johannesburg 2017

rAge Johannesburg

Oct 6-8, 2017
Ticketpro Dome
North Riding, Johannesburg
GAME 2017

GAME

Oct 6-8, 2017
Springfield Expo Center
Springfield, Missouri
Retropalooza 2017

Retropalooza

Oct 7-8, 2017
Arlington Convention Center
Arlington, Texas
Save Against Fear 2017

Save Against Fear

Oct 13-15, 2017
Harrisburg Mall
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
XPO Gaming Convention 2017

XPO Gaming Convention

Oct 13-15, 2017
Cox Business Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Minefaire Philadelphia 2017

Minefaire Philadelphia

Oct 14-15, 2017
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Retro Con 2017

Retro Con

Oct 14-15, 2017
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks, Pennsylvania

Gaming conventions are large gatherings of gaming enthusiasts that focuses on video games, collectible card games, board games, role playing games or other types of games. Similar to a trade show but geared more towards hobbyists and the companies that support them.

Video game events have a history dating back more than forty years according to BigFish Games. Video game events like the Electronic Entertainment Expo have been known to make huge waves in the industry and gives developers a platform to display upcoming products to a large audience. They also give fans a first time look at their upcoming favorites and sometimes even a hands on experience.

People will often dress as and role play as their favorite characters at gaming conventions. Often this live action role play takes place during the entire event. You will commonly see attendees, in full costume, playing games and attending conferences.

In a similar way to video game events, board game conventions provide an outlet for developers and players to get together and share ideas. Independent game designers get a chance to share their creation with the public and get real time feedback. Established companies get to build hype on their new products and answer questions about fan favorites. Game cons are a great place to meet new people with similar interests.

Gaming conventions are typically about 2-3 days long, and are often held in convention centers, hotel conference halls, or on a college campus. Some game cons can be rather small in attendance and some have been extraordinarily large. Comic con and E3 events commonly have thousands in attendance over the weekend.