“Expect a classic three-day weekend expo that will include games, tournaments, panels, cosplay contests, and more.”
– Paul Philleo (Events for Gamers)
XPO Game Festival Coming to America’s Heartland
TULSA, Okla. — June 28, 2016 — Mark your calendars: The XPO Game Festival is coming to the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 23rd through 25th. (The official kickoff party takes place on the evening of September 22nd.) Get ready for a weekend filled to the brim with games, tournaments, panels, cosplay contests, and much more.
XPO Game Festival is a first of-its-kind festival for gamers, developers, industry leaders, and personalities to come together and celebrate video game culture. Featuring a dedicated tabletop gaming area, retro gaming lounge, laser tag arena, and pre-festival events such as film screenings, XPO Game Festival is sure to offer something for players of all stripes.
If you’re looking for competition and eSports, there’s a $10,000 Rocket League tournament produced by LegionBattles. Learn about the game industry from some top speakers at the festival’s many panels and workshops. You’ll be able to explore virtual reality like never before in a special VR environment. Or if you prefer to try something completely different, put your teamwork skills to the test at The Escape Tulsa — a special event that few have experienced.
Don’t miss the Indie Alley, where the best (and most unique) independent games from around the world will be featured. You’ll be able to play hidden gems and mainstream indie titles alike — and even chat with the developers. Studios will be hand-picked by XPO organizers to showcase some of the brightest talents in the industry.
If you need a place to chill out, be sure to stop by the Retro Lounge and check out our massive collection of old-school arcade games. After you’ve had enough of the arcade, kick back and relax on the couch and enjoy some classic console games. At any time, you can always get in the groove and enjoy live music performed by “chip hop” artist Mega Ran, old-school Nintendo rockers Bit Brigade, and YouTube sensation Brentalfloss.
What’s a festival without a party . . . or three? Official afterparties will be held all weekend long. Join us at any of the venues around the Cox Business Center for a spirited celebration of video game culture.
“XPO was created so that America’s Heartland can have its very own game festival,” says Ray Hoyt, President of VisitTulsa and Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture. “Both local and visiting game enthusiasts, as well as developers, deserve a place to meet and connect with industry leaders from all over the country. XPO is the perfect opportunity to do just that while celebrating the vibrant atmosphere of Tulsa.”
XPO Game Festival At-a-glance
- $10,000 Rocket League tournament produced by Legion Battles
- Retro Lounge
- Trade Show
- Keynote speaker + panelists
- Daily after parties with live music
- Indie Alley
- Tabletop games
- Film screenings
- LAN party areas
- Laser tag arena
Pricing & Availability
Until August 1st, Early Bird passes can be purchased for $35/day or $65 for a weekend pass. As of August 1st, the weekend pass will increase to $75. Tickets and passes will include admission to afterparties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Afterparties alone (no event privileges) are $20/night or $50 for a weekend pass. Online registration is expected to begin this week. See http://xpotulsa.com for more information.
About XPO Game Festival
Presented by VisitTulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, XPO is a festival for gamers, fans, developers and game industry leaders. Join thousands of other gamers in Tulsa for a packed expo floor, panels and speakers, and a first look at new gaming technology. Other highlights include an independent game showcase, exclusive after parties with live music, tabletop games, cosplay contests, a retro gaming lounge, and general game badassery. For more information on XPO, please visit http://xpotulsa.com.
VisitTulsa, a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, is dedicated to promoting the Tulsa region as a premier destination for global leisure travel and convention business. VisitTulsa partners with area hotels, attractions and restaurants, leading a united effort to draw visitors to the region and grow the economic impact of the tourism industry. For more information on VisitTulsa, please visit http://visittulsa.com.