GG Expo Inc. has announced GG Expo™ 2018, a player-focused conference and expo in Seattle, United States to cover a plethora of esports topics aimed specifically at the community and players.
The categories revealed for the event include broadly: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (“MOBA”), First Person Shooter (“FPS”), Fighting Game Community (“FGC”), Card and Real-time Strategy (“RTS”) games. The event is a three day event across Memorial Day weekend in Washington’s Meydenbauer Center, close to the heart of downtown Seattle.
“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 in a release. “We envision an event where attendees play the latest games, meet with experienced players, and learn how to be successful in esports.”
Esports experts from Intel, RumbleMonkey, Curse Media, Splyce Gaming, and Stimulant have joined the initial Board of Advisors. The Board plans to expand to include a community of players, cosplayers and representatives from esports-related companies to help guide the development of the event.
Although details remain fairly scant, the initial release reveals the following for the three day event:
- Center Stage and Gaming Stages: Exhibition tournaments, gameplay 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 2018 is where esports communities come together to share their appreciation for what they love,” said GG Expo founder and RumbleMonkey CEO Jacob Rapoport. “‘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.”
Th3 Rat, Professional Hearthstone Player commented: “Becoming pro isn’t something that just happens, for most people it takes a lot of determination and dedication. I’ve played at the top level of a few games and having an event, like GG Expo, where I could have heard from people who have made it, would have been a huge help in advancing my career and me as a person. I’m fortunate, to be in the position I’m in now. Now, I get to help others and see them succeed in esports which is fantastic.”
Jacob Rapoport, CEO, RumbleMonkey also said: “RumbleMonkey is focused on enhancing gameplay by making real-money esports accessible to players from all walks of life. GG Expo represents a fantastic opportunity to bring together people who share a love of esports, celebrating the titles they play, and engaging with the community. As gamers ourselves, that’s something RumbleMonkey can really get behind.”
Esports Insider says: Certainly an interesting concept from the chaps over at GG.Expo. Forget Comicon, these chaps are looking to tailor something unique to the esports fan base. Whether or not its as immediately successful as other conventions remains to be seen, but we’re on board with the idea.