With E3 2018 over and done with, the gaming world looks to the future of gaming events in 2018. Whilst the hype and reveals of E3 are hard to top, that doesn’t mean our industry big guns don’t have an extra card or two up their sleeves. In this article yours truly is going to give a rundown of some of the stand out events of the year.
In fact, this writer will 1-up that last sentence with confirmation that this games writer will be covering all of the following events. There will be live updates on the Reggie Reviews Twitter so stay tuned! One might even see you there, so sit back and enjoy Reggie’s Guide to 2018 Gaming events:
QuakeCon 2018 (August 9th – August 12th 2018) Dallas, Texas.
QuakeCon is one of the oldest and legendary yearly events in gaming. Run by Zenimax media, this is a safe haven for id Software and Bethesda fans worldwide to celebrate. Here is a rundown from the QuakeCon site:
“QuakeCon is an annual celebration of games and the people who play them. Founded in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC, QuakeCon has grown to become one of the most distinguished festivals in gaming, welcoming thousands of gamers from around the globe to participate in the annual four-day event. QuakeCon features North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party, tournaments, exhibits, workshops, sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming games, and more. QuakeCon is free and open to the public thanks to the support of id Software, Bethesda Softworks, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and its event sponsors and exhibitors.”
GamesCom 2018 (August 21st – August 25th 2018) Cologne, Germany
Second only to E3, Gamescom is the place to be for players worldwide with showcases of unreleased titles and possibly the biggest industry presence year on year. Here’s a description from Gamescom’s website:
“You don’t want to miss this! Concentrated gaming fun, pure entertainment, inspiration and innovation – everybody who is anybody meets at Gamescom. Discover the latest games, test new games before everybody else and be part of the biggest event the games industry has to offer.”
PAX West (August 31st – September 3rd 2018) Seattle, USA.
The notorious PAX event tour kicks off in Seattle this year, here is a great history of the event:
“In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively to celebrate gaming and game culture. Comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were all cool, but those activities already had their own shows…where could gamers call home? With that in mind, PAX was born, and when exactly 1337 people pre-registered for the very first event, we knew we were on to something magical.
From our humble beginnings in the Meydenbauer, PAX has doubled in size each year until it hit venue capacities. At that point, we partnered with Reed Exhibitions and started bringing PAX to other cities around the world including Boston, San Antonio, and Melbourne, Australia.
Over the years, PAX has evolved with the times: embracing the cutting edge of technology with VR Freeplay, reaching out across the full spectrum of gamers via our Diversity Lounge, and building up immense game libraries for every genre and platform. Despite this, we’ve stayed true to our roots and a pretty surprising amount of what makes PAX what it is today existed way back in 2004. Freeplay, Tournaments, Enforcers, Expo Hall, Concerts, Panels, and the Omegathon…it was all there. Just, y’know, on a much different scale.
Going forward, we hope to continue providing a space for gamers of every discipline to celebrate all games and the surrounding culture. No matter what your preferred genre or platform, if you love games, we hope you’ll find home at PAX”
EGX (September 21st – September 23rd 2018) Birmingham, UK.
EGX is the UK’s gaming hub for early looks at unreleased games and tech. If players can’t get to Germany, EGX has your back. In fact, EGX has your back in Germany also! Here’s a bit more info from the site:
“It’s only the UK’s biggest video games event! Come along and you’ll find the most anticipated console and PC games, all playable weeks or months before they’re released. We also have presentations by game designers from world renowned studios, areas dedicated to esports, the opportunity to meet and chat with game creators and loads more.”
ESL One New York (September 29th – September 30th) New York, USA.
In what is guaranteed to be an explosive weekend for CS:GO fans worldwide, here’s the description from the site:
“World class Counter-Strike returns to the big apple this fall. On the 29th to 30th of September, Brooklyn will rumble with the roars of thousands of esports fans as ESL One makes its third annual visit to Barclays Center. Over the course of this weekend, $250,000 in cold hard cash, an Intel Grand Slam win, and the ESL One title will be awarded to one of the world’s 8 best CS:GO teams.”
ESL One Hamburg (October 26th – October 30th) Hamburg, Germany.
Returning from the on-fire performances on display at ESL One Birmingham, teams are back to smash out DOTA 2 in Germany (Shocker). Here is some deets from ESL’s site:
“For the second time in a row, Hamburg will be greeting players, talent and fans from all over the world for an entire weekend of Dota 2 action from October 26th – 28th at ESL One Hamburg 2018! Get ready for an unique atmosphere, signing sessions, cosplay, side activities and so much more!”
ESL Pro League Season 8 (December 4th – December 9th) Odense, Denmark.
This is it, the deciding Season of the latest CS:GO season that has been building momentum and hype all year. Here’s some more info from the Website:
“Denmark, we are back! The Season Eight Finals of the world’s longest running professional league for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will return to Odense, Denmark this December!
The sixteen best CS:GO teams from Europe, North America, South America and the Asia-Pacific region will battle it out for a lion’s share of the US $1 million prize pool once again at the Sparekassen Fyn Arena on December 7-9 in front of one of the most passionate crowd we have ever seen!”
And That’s it!
Readers, there is certainly a lot to look forward too. With a heavy presence of Counter Strike: Global Offensive in ESL Tournaments to some nice Industry events teasing Gamers worldwide. This writer is very excited to see what we will learn by the end of the year and stoked for some of the biggest matches in eSports history. Remember to follow