GG Expo Inc. announced Tuesday the launch of GG Expo 2018, a three-day gaming event to be held in Bellevue.
GG Expo 2018 is the first player-focused conference and expo in the United States to cover the breadth of the esports landscape, company officials stated.
The event will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2018, at Meydenbauer Center.
“We’ve set out to build something that we as esports players and fans will want to attend,” said Joe English, Executive Director of GG Expo Inc., an organization developing a new breed of player-focused esports events. “We envision an event in which the attendees play the latest games, meet with experienced players, and learn how to be successful in esports.”
The event will feature the major esports titles and categories, including Massive Online Battle Arena (MOBA), First Person Shooter (FPS), Fighting, Card, Sport and Real-time Strategy (RTS) games.
Esports experts from Intel, RumbleMonkey, Curse Media, Splyce Gaming, and Stimulant have also joined the event’s Board of Advisors. When fully staffed, the board will include a large community of players, cosplayers and representatives from esports-related companies to guide the development of the event and ensure an authentic esports experience.
GG Expo 2018 details
The three-day program will feature game-play strategy sessions, panel discussions, and esports contests and competitions across multiple stages, zones and exhibits:
• Center Stage and Gaming Stages: Exhibition tournaments, game-play demonstrations and panel discussions with professional players.
• GG Discover Theater: Top players, teams, streamers, students and industry experts discuss trending topics in esports
• Contests and Fan Experiences: Participate in GG Expo’s “Tricked Out PC,” “Best in Cosplay” and “Best of GG Expo” contests
• Esports Triceleron: University and professional players compete to be crowned best all-around esports triathlete
• Expo & Fan Zone: Experience new games, products and services
“Our aspiration is to create something truly unique for the players,” GG Expo founder and RumbleMonkey CEO Jacob Rapoport said. “GG Expo 2018 is where esports communities come together to share their appreciation for what they love. ‘GG’ is shorthand for “good game,” something that’s immediately recognizable to players and fans of esports alike, and highlights the community focused mission of GG Expo. It’s about creating the show fellow gamers and esports enthusiasts want to see.”
Esports are defined as video games played in competitive environments, including league play, with a clear winner. Examples of popular esports titles include League of Legends, DOTA2, Overwatch, Hearthstone, SuperSmash Bros, and NBA 2K.
Additional details will be announced in the coming months. Tickets will go on sale in early 2018.
Formed in 2017, GG Expo Inc. produces large-scale conferences and expos dedicated to esports, where players of all skill levels can experience the sport on a deeper level. GG Expo 2018 is the company’s premier conference. For more information, visit ggexpo.show