PAX South 2016 – Location: Texas
Date: Fri 29th Jan – Sun 31st Jan
According to the Pax South Site:
“In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. Sure, comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were cool, and those activities all had their own shows… so what about games? From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming.”
“When the first PAX was birthed in 2004, live music was one of the core pillars to the show. We were fans of the Minibosses and MC Frontalot, and from there we expanded both our knowledge and lineup of the genre. At the time, having that many people in a room listening to nerdcore music wasn’t “a thing.” In fact, nerdcore music was barely “a thing.””
2016 D.I.C.E. Summit + 19th D.I.C.E. Awards Las Vegas
Tue 16th Feb – Thu 18th Feb
According to the Dice Summit Site:
The D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit is an exclusive, high-level gathering of the brightest and most creative minds across many industries to discuss the trends and the future of the interactive entertainment industry. Attendees include all the major publishers and developers while the speakers comprise of fresh voices from both inside and outside the video game world, offering insight into how their respective industries can affect the interactive entertainment industry.
For 2016 speakers and attendees will explore the magical and sometimes elusive Art of Engagement – sharing insights about the varying ways to enlist and captivate an audience while building the entertainment medium of the future. And to foster the discussion, D.I.C.E. 2016 is enhancing the traditional Summit format with roundtable, break-out sessions to tackle dedicated topics and concepts.
About the D.I.C.E. Awards:
Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. The D.I.C.E. Awards are the most credible, respected and recognized awards for the interactive entertainment community with voting cast by 33,000+ members of the Academy. The 2016 D.I.C.E. Awards will take place on the evening of Feb. 18, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center following the close of the D.I.C.E. Summit.
E3 2016 Location: Los Angeles
Date: Tue 14th Jun – Thu 16th Jun
According to the E3 site:
“E3 is the world’s premier trade show for computer, video and mobile games and related products. At E3, the video game industry’s top talent pack the Los Angeles Convention Center, connecting tens of thousands of the best, brightest, and most innovative professionals in the interactive entertainment industry. For three exciting days, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products will be showcased. E3 connects you with both new and existing partners and provides unprecedented exposure to emerging markets. E3 is where new worlds of the interactive entertainment industry are inspired.”
“E3 is owned and operated by the ESA, which is dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies that publish computer and video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global content protection program, business and consumer research, government relations and intellectual property protection efforts.”
QuakeCon 2016 Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Thu 4th Aug – Sun 7th Aug
According to the QuakeCon Site:
“For many, QuakeCon is an annual tradition. For others, QuakeCon 2015 was their first time attending this fan-favorite convention. Whether you’re a long-time attendee or new to the QuakeCon experience, the four-day video game festival will be back in 2016 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, on August 4 through August 7 – so start making your plans!”
“Whether you come for the BYOC, tournaments, exclusive panels, or to play the latest games from Bethesda – or all the above – QuakeCon is packed with awesome activities for longtime fans and newcomers alike.”