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
PAX South 2018

PAX South

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

Orcacon

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

Boston Festival of Indie Games

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

Rocket City Gamefest

2018
Marriott Space Center
Huntsville, Alabama
Shadowcon 2018

Shadowcon

2018
Clarion Hotel
West Memphis, Arkansas
Evercon 2018

Evercon

2018
Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin
MAGFest 2018

MAGFest

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

Strategicon

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

PrezCon Winter Nationals

2018
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Virginia
DunDraCon 2018

DunDraCon

2018
San Ramon Marriott
San Ramon, California
Rapier 2018

Rapier

2018
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Airport
Jacksonville, Florida
TotalCon 2018

TotalCon

2018
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Marlborough, Massachusetts
OwlCon 2018

OwlCon

2018
Rice University
Houston, Texas
Playthrough Gaming Convention 2018

Playthrough Gaming Convention

2018
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina
Con of the North 2018

Con of the North

2018
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
Plymouth, Minnesota
Amelia Con 2018

Amelia Con

2018
TBA
Amelia Island, Florida
Game-o-Rama 2018

Game-o-Rama

2018
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
Atlanta, Georgia
MineVention Dublin 2018

MineVention Dublin

2018
The RDS - Royal Dublin Society
Dublin, Ireland
CoastCon 2018

CoastCon

2018
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
Biloxi, Mississippi
NashiCon 2018

NashiCon

2018
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina

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.