There are many gaming events in around the world, ranging from conferences and trade shows to summits and festivals. No matter what gaming area you are interested in, there is sure to be something up your alley. Since there are so many gaming shows out there to choose from, I decided to curate a list of the best gaming festivals around the globe – starting with a look at the United States.
PAX – Multiple Locations including Boston, MA
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a large gaming convention held across the world in many different locations. The PAX East Event is held in Boston and is a four-day festival. Additionally, PAX is home to tabletop gaming, arcade gaming, and video gaming events. The East Event also hosts tournaments, trading, performances and more!
MegaCon – Orlando, FL
Another top gaming event in the U.S. is MegaCon. This gaming festival is the South East’s largest event home to anime, comics, gaming, horror, and sci-fi fans. Over 100,000 visitors attend MegaCon each year, making this a must-see. This year’s event is hosting many celebrity guests including Michael Cudlitz from The Walking Dead and Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park.
QuakeCon – Dallas, TX
QuakeCon is an annual gaming festival that started in 1996. The show has grown into one of the most popular and anticipated gaming conferences in the United States. QuakeCon is a four-day event that welcomes guests from around the world. The festival is North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party, workshops, sneak peeks of upcoming games, tournaments, exhibits, and more.
Norwescon – SeaTac, WA
Moving to the west coast, Norwescon is a highly rated event to see. Norwescon is one of the nation’s largest science fiction and fantasy convention. The festival is also home to anime, art, costuming, gaming. For gaming fans, Norwescon offers nonstop gaming options including tabletop, card, RPG, and other gaming systems. The event started in 1978 and has been running every year since!
BlizzCon – Anaheim, CA
The last festival to make the list is BlizzCon. Hosted by Blizzard Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, hosts this event to heavily promote many of its franchises including Warcraft, Starcraft, Overwatch, and more. Blizzcon features previews of upcoming games Q&A sessions and panels, costume contests and playable versions of various Blizzard games.
The United States is home to many excellent gaming festivals. While there are many more gaming events, these five are my favorite. Be sure to check back soon for a blog on the top gaming shows in Europe!