One of the largest and longest-running LAN parties in the US, the 21st Annual QuakeCon heads to Grapevine, TX this August.
Zenimax Media recently announced the dates for the long-running QuakeCon PC gaming convention. In its 21st year of activity, QuakeCon 2017 will be held from Aug. 24-27; to accommodate for the seemingly exponential audience, QuakeCon is leaving the Hilton-Anatole in downtown Dallas, TX for the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX.
QuakeCon was founded in 1996 by a small group of gamers who met through IRC and their mutual love of the iconic shooter Quake. Often described as the “Woodstock of gaming” and a weekend of “peace, love, and rockets”, QuakeCon has grown to become one of the US’s largest LAN parties, sitting alongside the Dreamhack events. 21 years later, QuakeCon now has the sponsorship of several PC hardware companies and Zenimax Media- owner of Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, BattleCry Studios, Tango Gameworks and ZeniMax Online.
QuakeCon is also used as an additional front for debuting projects or expanding upon titles announced earlier in the year; the 2016 convention featured debut gameplay for Arkane’s Prey and Dishonored 2, and the world premiere of id’s Quake Champions. PC gamers who wish to use the weekend as a 4-day gaming marathon can participate in QuakeCon’s “BYOC” (“Bring Your Own Computer”), a massive room dedicated to PC gaming, the case-modding community, and individually-hosted tournaments outside of the weekend’s professional Quake tournaments.
Again, QuakeCon 2017 will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. The event itself is free, however a fee is required to participate in BYOC. The Gaylord is already accepting reservations for the weekend starting at $185 per night.