Next Friday will see the return of Game On Expo after a three year hiatus and I couldn’t be more excited. The video game and anime convention runs from August 5 – 7 at the Phoenix Convention Center (the South Building) and is bringing together a big list of guests, tournaments, and more.
Tickets: If you purchase your tickets ahead of time (not at the door), you do receive a small discount.
Full Event Pass – $55 ($65 at the door)
Friday Pass – $30 ($35 at the door)
Saturday Pass – $40 ($45 at the door)
Sunday Pass – $35 ($40 at the door)
Child Pass 10yr or younger – $15 ($20 at the door)
Game On Expo Exclusive Demon’s Tier+ Game & Weekend Pass Combo – $100
VIP – Sold Out
Parking/Transportation: Currently you can pre-purchase parking at one of the several Phoenix Convention Center garages for $15 a day thru the the convention center. The Jefferson St. Garage will be your closest option, which books thru Park Whiz, but there is a Phoenix Mercury game Saturday evening. There are many smaller lots in downtown that should be available, as well as parking meters.
An alternative option is to park at the closest Metro Valley Rail “Park and Ride” spot and take the rail to the convention center for just a few dollars each way.
Guests: Game On Expo is not short on guests this year which come from different backgrounds, just to highlight a few…
Content Creators: Phoenix Resale, Pixel Game Squad, Radical Reggie, Retro Rick, Metal Jesus
Industry Guests: Tim Kitzrow, Paul E Niemeyer, Warren Davis, Ho-Sung Pak
Voice Actors: Samantha Kelly (Princess Peach), Roger Craig Smith (Sonic The Hedgehog), Kira Buckland (Jolyne Cujoh), George Newbern (Sephiroth)
Cosplay: Heartless Aquarius, Cosplay Choco, NoonRaccoon
For the full list of guests, including what days they will be appearing and costs for autographs/photos, you can check that out here or a quick article I did earlier in the week.
What To Do: There will be PLENTY to do and see during Game On Expo! The first thing I want to highlight is The Art of Nintendo Power Museum Exhibit. This exhibit will have on display a lot of the original art from the iconic Nintendo Power magazine publication from the 90s.
Tabletop games, arcade games, pinball, console games will all be available to play (and its usually all free play!). Tournaments, VR, laser tag, musical performances, and panels will also be happening through out the weekend. To see the entire schedule of events, you check that out right here.
Vendors: Game On Expo has a pretty good exhibit hall full of vendors selling a wide variety of things. From video games, to art, hand made goods, and more. You can check out the full list of who will be attending and where they will be located by clicking here.