Annual Festival Returns for Four Days of Games, Fun and Tournaments Featuring more than $150,000 in Cash and Prizes
August 2, 2012 (DALLAS, TX) — QuakeCon 2012, a four-day celebration of games and the people who play them, begins today and will run through Sunday, August 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. QuakeCon 2012 will feature North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party, a keynote from legendary developer John Carmack, panels featuring well-known gaming industry professionals, and contests with more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. Admission into QuakeCon is free.
QuakeCon 2012 kicks off today with a welcome address by id Software’s Todd Hollenshead and Bethesda Softworks’ Pete Hines which will lead directly into a keynote address given by John Carmack, co-founder and technical director of id Software. In addition to the keynote, this year’s QuakeCon will host a number of panels featuring prominent members of the interactive entertainment industry. Attendees will be able to check out panels such as The Game of Making Games, Designing Multiplayer Games That Last, GTTV’s Bonus Round,’ and Idle Thumbs Podcast Live: Arena. Panelists will include Chet Faliszek and Tom Leonard from Valve Software, Geoff Keighley, host of Spike’s GTTV, Blair Herter, host of G4TV’s X-Play, Marty Stratton from id Software and Ted Price, President and CEO of Insomniac Games.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to play Dishonored, the supernatural assassin action game under development by Arkane Studios, and id Software’s DOOM 3 BFG Edition, in Bethesda’s booth in the Exhibit Hall.
More than 8,500 attendees are expected to attend this year’s QuakeCon, with more than half that number coming from out of state and around the world – some making the pilgrimage from as far as Japan. In order to ensure an event of this size runs smoothly, more than 235 volunteers will spend approximately 4,800 man hours setting up over 7.2 miles of cables, 1,300 tables and 2,650 chairs.
Attendees will take part in contests and tournaments throughout the show, vying for more than $150,000 in prizes. A limited number of attendees will be given tickets to Ventrilo’s “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will drive home in a brand new race-red 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe, valued at approximately $58,000.
“QuakeCon is the culmination of a dedicated group of gamers, ranging from casual to hardcore, who make the trip each year to visit with friends and connect with peers on the largest LAN party in North America,” said Todd Hollenshead, president of id Software. “We couldn’t host this event without such a devoted community behind us, including hundreds of volunteers and event sponsors who are passionate about making QuakeCon 2012 the most rewarding yet.”
The free event is open to general admission attendees thanks to the support of id and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2012 event sponsors and exhibitors.
Doors to the QuakeCon BYOC will open on Thursday, August 2 at 9:00am and will remain open through 12:00pm on Sunday, August 5.
QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:
Thursday, August 2 - 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday, August 3 - 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, August 4 - 10:00am – 6:00pm
For more information on QuakeCon 2012 visit http://www.quakecon.org.
About id Software
id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, has provided technical, design and artistic leadership as a world-renowned game developer and technology innovator since its founding in 1991. id Software’s iconic brands such as Wolfenstein®, DOOM®, QUAKE® , QUAKE LIVE®, and Enemy Territory® have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers. More information on id Software can be found at http://www.idsoftware.com. id, id Software, id Tech, Wolfenstein, DOOM, DOOM 3 BFG Edition, QUAKE, RAGE, Enemy Territory, and QuakeCon and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.
About ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington DC with international offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, and Tokyo. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames Sweden, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K. and ZeniMax Online Studios. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit http://www.zenimax.com. Arkane, Arkane Studios, Bethesda, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, ZeniMax Online Studios, Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, QuakeCon, and related logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.
About Bethesda Softworks
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Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, non-stop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to all and open to the public, QuakeCon 2012 will feature North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party for nearly 3,000 people, drawings and contests with big cash prizes, exhibits with the latest games and hardware, and non-stop entertainment, parties and events. First created in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC and now going into its fifteenth year, QuakeCon remains true to its original mission as an event created by gamers, for gamers. Sponsored by id Software and other industry-leading software and hardware manufacturers, QuakeCon continues to be run by a dedicated group of volunteers, including an executive team with more than 75 years of combined experience producing the event.
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