Gaming Conventions 2017, 2018

E3 Expo 2018

E3 Expo

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
Gen Con 2018

Gen Con

Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
MineCon Earth 2017

MineCon Earth

Nov 18, 2017
Live, Online
North Bay Virtual Reality Expo 2017

North Bay Virtual Reality Expo

Oct 27-28, 2017
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, California
Gameacon 2017


Oct 27-29, 2017
Tropicana Casino Hotel
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Kogata Daycon 2017

Kogata Daycon

Davidson County 4H Grounds
Mitchell, South Dakota
IndieCade Festival 2017

IndieCade Festival

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Los Angeles, California
Melbourne International Games Week 2017

Melbourne International Games Week

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria
BlizzCon 2017


Nov 3-4, 2017
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
Con on the Cob 2017

Con on the Cob

Nov 9-12, 2017
Days Inn & Suites Richfield
Richfield, Ohio
U-Con Gaming 2017

U-Con Gaming

Nov 17-19, 2017
Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
Ypsilanti Township, Michigan
ConQuest Avalon 2017

ConQuest Avalon

Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast
Sacramento, California
PAX Australia 2017

PAX Australia

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Melbourne, Victoria
Sac Gamers Expo 2017

Sac Gamers Expo

Dec 10, 2017
Scottish Rite Center
Sacramento, California
PAX South 2018

PAX South

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas
Orcacon 2018


Holiday Inn Downtown Everett
Everett, Washington
Boston Festival of Indie Games 2018

Boston Festival of Indie Games

Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rocket City Gamefest 2018

Rocket City Gamefest

Marriott Space Center
Huntsville, Alabama
Shadowcon 2018


Clarion Hotel
West Memphis, Arkansas
Evercon 2018


Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin
MAGFest 2018


Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
Strategicon 2018


Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
PrezCon Winter Nationals 2018

PrezCon Winter Nationals

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Virginia

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.