XPO Game Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow in Tulsa, Oklahoma

XPO Game Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow in Tulsa, Oklahoma

VisitTulsa’s inaugural XPO Game Festival is set to kick off this Friday, September 23, at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma (tickets are still available online and will be sold at the door).

Tickets:
https://xpotulsa.eventbrite.com

QUOTE
Matt Stockman (Events Manager, VisitTulsa):

“Excitement doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel about this weekend. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into this event so that people in the Heartland can finally have a large game festival to call their own. This is going to be the first of many XPO Game Festivals, so let’s make it one for the history books!”

Everything gaming will be featured at XPO including: sessions from industry legends such as Jacky Ke Jiang (thatgamecompany) and Tramell Isaac (Boss Key Productions); retro lounge where you can enjoy a massive collection of old-school arcade games, Indie Alley showcasing some of the most unique independent games from around the world; LAN parties, laser tag, concerts, afterparties, and more. Attendees will even be able to experience the future of gaming in a special virtual reality (VR) environment — or witness a piece of history through the mythical Nintendo PlayStation prototype.

If you’re a tactile gamer, be sure to stop by the tabletop gaming area where you can enjoy games like MAGIC: THE GATHERING, YU-GI-OH!, and POKEMON. If you’ve ever wanted to try out some of these iconic games, or see what they’re all about, now’s your chance to play with other like-minded folks. There’s even going to be a MAGIC: THE GATHERING Kaladesh pre-release tournament on Saturday at noon!

Wichita eSports has organized several PC tournaments that will take place throughout the festival where even the most competitive gamers can show their skills. You can build the best deck in HEARTHSTONE ($250 daily prize), work co-operatively in LEAGUE OF LEGENDS ($2,150 grand prize), and test your reflexes in OVERWATCH ($650 grand prize) in FREE tournaments. Console tournaments include STREET FIGHTER V and SMASH BROS. WII U ($1,000 prize each).

XPO Game Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The XPO Game Festival will take place September 23-25, 2016 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attendees can buy tickets online or at the door — but hurry … because time is running out! 🙂

XPO SCHEDULE KICKOFF PARTY
Thursday, September 22nd; 5:30-8:00pm
The Bond Event Center
609 East 3rd, Tulsa, OK 74120
Featuring a live performance by Brentalfloss!

FESTIVAL HOURS
Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th; 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, September 25th; 11:00am – 3:00pm

DAILY ACTIVITIES
Unlimited Laser Tag
PC Free Play
Retro Lounge Arcade
Hearthstone Tournaments ($250 each) *
Pokemon Go Competitions with prizes
Card Game Tournaments
Virtual Reality Showcase
Indie Alley Showcase
Nintendo PlayStation Prototype on Display
Tabletop Gaming
Live Escape Room
Panel Discussions
Vendors and Exhibitors
Xbox One Free Play
* Computers Provided for All PC Tournaments and Events

ACTIVITIES: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
* Daily Festival Activities, 11:00am – 7:00pm
* League of Legends Begins (over $2,000)*
* Kids Game Development Workshops
* Street Fighter V and Smash Bros Wii U Free Play**
* CS:GO Pickup Matches with Prizes

* Computers Provided for All PC Tournaments and Events
**Street Fighter and Smash Bros Tournaments are “Bring Your Own Controller”

Panels
* My Favorite Terrible Game with Susan Arendt & Friends
* So You Want to Work in Games with Candace Brenner
* Making your own retro game music with Metroid Mike

Afterparty
Watch Bit Brigade do an epic speed run on a classic Nintendo game, all while playing a rock version of the game’s soundtrack live!

ACTIVITIES: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
* Daily Festival Activities, 11:00am – 7:00pm
* League of Legends Finals
* Overwatch Tournament ($650)*
* Kids Game Development Workshops
* Cosplay Contest and Parade organized by Tokyo in Tulsa
* Street Fighter V and Smash Bros Wii U Tournaments ($1,000 each)**
* Magic: The Gathering Kaladesh Pre-Release

* Computers Provided for All PC Tournaments and Events
**Street Fighter and Smash Bros Tournaments are “Bring Your Own Controller”

Sessions
* Keynote with Tramell Isaac
* Nintendo PlayStation with Terry Diebold
* Cosplay Construction with XPO’s guest cosplayers
* Use Your Words Live with Brentalfloss
* When Games and Music Collide with Mega Ran

Music in XPO Game Room
Double bill: Live performances by Bit Brigade and “chip hop” legend Mega Ran.

ACTIVITIES: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
* Daily Festival Activities, 11:00am – 3:00pm
* Overwatch Pickup Matches*
* Street Fighter V and Smash Bros Wii U Free Play**
* Cosplay Workshops with Mythos Creations

* Computers Provided for All PC Tournaments and Events
**Street Fighter and Smash Bros Tournaments are “Bring Your Own Controller”

Sessions
* Keynote with Jacky Ke Jiang
* Video Game Video with Jake Baldino
* Wings & Things Cosplay Construction with Mythos Creations

 

PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Tickets are available here:
https://xpotulsa.eventbrite.com

Day Passes are available for $35 and feature full access to XPO, including the virtual reality showcase, Indie Alley showcase, retro lounge, tabletop gaming, fighting games, Magic the Gathering tournaments, panels, and the expo floor. In addition, attendees will also get access to that day’s concert and afterparty in downtown Tulsa.

Weekend Passes are available for $75. Weekend passes grant access to the XPO Game Festival and all of its attractions for the whole weekend. In addition, attendees will get access to the kickoff party on Thursday, September 22nd.

Party Passes are available for $10/night or $25 for all three nights. These passes grant you access to each day’s afterparty in downtown Tulsa.

Tournaments (FREE)
* League of Legends tournament with $2,150 prize pool
* Overwatch tournament with $650 prize pool
* Hearthstone tournaments with $250 prize pools
* Street Fighter V and Smash Bros Wii U tournaments with $1,000 prize pools

Computers are provided for all PC tournaments and events; however, players are allowed to bring their own equipment if they wish.

 

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