Gaming Conventions 2018

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E3 Expo 2018

E3 Expo

2018
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
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Gen Con 2018

Gen Con

2018
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
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MineCon Earth 2018

MineCon Earth

2018
Livestreaming
Live, Online
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo 2018

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo

2018
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia
PrezCon Summer Nationals 2018

PrezCon Summer Nationals

2018
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Virginia
Good Game Expo Warsaw 2018

Good Game Expo Warsaw

2018
Ptak Warsaw Expo
Nadarzyn, Poland
iGBL 2018

iGBL

2018
Cork City (Clayton Hotel)
Cork, Ireland
Let's Play 2018

Let's Play

2018
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel and Convention Center
Appleton, Wisconsin
BroCon 2018

BroCon

2018
University of Limerick's PESS buildng
Limerick, Ireland
Billings Alternacon 2018

Billings Alternacon

2018
Bones Arcade
Billings, Montana
Historicon 2018

Historicon

2018
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Pintastic New England 2018

Pintastic New England

2018
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Dice Tower V 2018

Dice Tower V

2018
Caribe Royale Resort
Orlando, Florida
Play On Con 2018

Play On Con

2018
Alabama 4-H Center
Columbiana, Alabama
Classic Game Fest 2018

Classic Game Fest

2018
Palmer Events Center
Austin, Texas
Wyvacon 2018

Wyvacon

2018
Wytheville Community College
Wytheville, Virginia
GEXCon 2018

GEXCon

2018
Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
Fredericksburg, Virginia
World Boardgaming Championships (WBC) 2018

World Boardgaming Championships (WBC)

2018
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Champion, Pennsylvania
Glass City Con 2018

Glass City Con

2018
SeaGate Convention Centre
Toledo, Ohio
Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering 2018

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering

2018
Enumclaw Expo Center
Enumclaw, Washington
ReplayFX Arcade & Video Game Festival 2018

ReplayFX Arcade & Video Game Festival

2018
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Go Play NW 2018

Go Play NW

2018
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington
Adelaide's Anime and Video Game Festival - AVCON 2018

Adelaide's Anime and Video Game Festival - AVCON

2018
Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, South Australia

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.