QuakeCon 2014 – #TheGoodWithin

Before things get evil in October, we’re using the The Evil Within for a good cause. Inspired by the game, we’re partnering with the American Red Cross at QuakeCon 2014! Attendees that donate blood will be awarded an official The Evil Within chill pack.

To learn more about the QuakeCon Blood Drive, read the press release below…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS AND AMERICAN RED CROSS PARTNER FOR THE GOOD WITHIN BLOOD DRIVE AT QUAKECON® 2014 

Gamers to Donate Blood During Gaming Festival this Month in Dallas

July 8, 2014 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks® and the American Red Cross are partnering to host “The Good Within Blood Drive” during QuakeCon®2014, North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party and gaming festival. The blood drive, which was inspired by The Evil Within™, out October 21 from Bethesda Softworks and Tango Gameworks™, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. Donors who take part in “The Good Within Blood Drive” at QuakeCon will receive an official The Evil Within chill pack to honor the donation.

“QuakeCon has a great group of attendees who we think will want to help the community by donating blood,” said Pete Hines , VP of PR and Marketing,  Bethesda Softworks. “The American Red Cross is a terrific organization, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to QuakeCon.”

“The Red Cross is grateful for Bethesda Softworks’ invitation to host a blood drive during such a critical time,” said Jan Hale, External Communications Manager at the American Red Cross. “The summer months are a particularly difficult period for blood collections and being a part of this event gives us more opportunities to help save lives.”

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QuakeCon 2014 – Special Events Schedule

We’re less than two weeks away and to get you ready for QuakeCon, we’ve got a look at this year’s schedule of events.

Highlighted earlier this week, our sneak peek at the next DOOM game is an exclusive perk to attendees of QuakeCon and starts at 6:00pm. Give yourself time to get lined up for a 6:00pm start, as you won’t see it anywhere else.

Beyond DOOM, developers from ZeniMax Online Studios will be on hand at QuakeCon to let everyone see what’s coming next for The Elder Scrolls Online. A special panel, The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online will take place on Friday, July 18th at 5:00pm on the Ventrilo Main Stage. Senior members of the ESO team, representing a variety of disciplines, will discuss plans for short-term and long-term future content, approaches to addressing player feedback and suggestions, bringing ESO onto consoles, and more. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and the first 3,000 attendees will receive a free copy of The Elder Scrolls Online! Get more details at www.elderscrollsonline.com!

Attendees can also check out “Designing the Perfect Game”, taking place on the Ventrilo Main Stage on Saturday at 5:00pm. Join Chris Kluwe (former NFL punter, co-author of Genesis: Prime), Rick Malambri (actor, Step Up 3D), and Matt Grandstaff (Global Community Lead at Bethesda) as they work together to design the perfect game. Moderated by Andrew Reiner, executive editor at Game Informer Magazine and co-author of Genesis: Prime, the panelists will work together to design a game concept which will be judged by Feargus Urquhart (CEO of Obsidian Entertainment). After the panel, attendees can weigh in on the game design and provide feedback and reviews. The first 1500 attendees will also receive a Bethesda t-shirt!

Throughout the show, aspiring artists can also visit the id Software booth in the Exhibit Hall from 12:00pm – 2:00pm to meet Hugo Martin, id Software’s Art Director, for an art portfolio review. Amateur or professional artists who want feedback and career advice should bring their portfolios to the event for this unique opportunity to meet with an expert in the field of film and video game art.

Additionally, at the Bethesda booth in the Exhibit Hall, fans will have the opportunity to play The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from legendary director, Shinji Mikami. Attendees will also be able to join in tournaments for BATTLECRY, an all-new multiplayer action combat game featuring fast-paced and frenetic 32-player battles under development at BattleCry Studios, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Be sure to stop by the booth for details on participating in these tournaments.

If you’re attending QuakeCon, be sure to download the Official QuakeCon App on your Apple, Android or Windows mobile device to keep up to date on event happenings and highlights. We’ll be announcing more details soon.

And if you’re at home, Twitch TV will be showcasing a number of our panels and tournaments. Be sure to check out Twitch.tv/Bethesda for panels and The Elder Scrolls Online tournament streaming and Twitch.tv/QuakeCon to see all of the official QuakeCon tournament action in real time!

Check the listings below for more details on the event schedule. (Please note: All times listed are Central Time.)

Thursday, July 17th

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews

12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth

Hugo Martin, Art Director | id Software

The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Tournament

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth

Annual QuakeCon Welcome & Attendee Exclusive DOOM Reveal 

6:00pm | QuakeCon Attendee Exclusive | Ventrilo Main Stage

Friday, July 18th

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews

12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth

Hugo Martin, Art Director | id Software

The Bonus Round with Geoff Keighley

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Tournament

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth

The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online

5:00pm – 7:00pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda
ZeniMax Online Studios panelists include: Matt Firor, Game Director | Paul Sage, Creative Director | Jared Carr, Art Director | Rich Lambert, Lead Designer | Brian Wheeler, Lead PvP Designer | Nick Konkle, Lead Gameplay Designer | Jesse McIntyre, Lead Programmer

Moderated by Jessica Folsom, Community Manager

Friday Night Magic Tournament and 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set Release Party

7:00pm – 11.30pm | Table Top Village

Master Pancake Presents… Labyrinth 

9:000pm – 11:30pm | Ventrilo Main Stage 

Saturday, July 19th

PC Perspective Hardware Workshop

12:00pm – 2:00pm | Ventrilo Main Stage

Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews

12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth

Hugo Martin, Art Director | id Software

The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Championship

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth

Ticket to Ride Tournament

2:00pm | Table Top Village

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Designing the Perfect Game

5:00pm – 6:00pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Panelists include:Feargus Urquhart, CEO at Obsidian Entertainment | Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter, co-author of Genesis: Prime, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies | Rick Malambri, actor Step Up 3D, Twitch.TV streamer | Matt Grandstaff, Global Community Lead at Bethesda

Moderated by Andrew Reiner, executive editor at Game Informer Magazine, co-author of Genesis: Prime

Tournament Finals Party!

8:30pm | Ventrilo Main Stage

In addition to the full schedule of events, attendees will also have the opportunity to check out various exhibitors and sponsors on the show floor, including:

QuakeCon 2014 Sponsors:

  • AT&T
  • DELL/Alienware
  • ibuypower
  • Intel
  • Logitech
  • Origins
  • PCPartPicker
  • Plantronics Gaming
  • Red Bull
  • Seasonic
  • Ventrilo

QuakeCon 2014 Exhibitors:

  • 505 Games
  • Common Ground Games
  • BAWLS Guarana
  • BenQ
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • CPU Magazine
  • Dallas Pets Alive
  • Ecomaster Technology Corp.
  • Enermax & LPEA
  • Final Boss Entertainment
  • Fractal Design
  • FRAGApparel
  • Gigabyte
  • GX-Gaming
  • Ilya Films
  • In Win
  • Magic Box
  • Miners Source
  • Minor Hosting LLC
  • Minor Key Games
  • Modders Inc.
  • NVIDIA
  • PC Perspective
  • Symbiote Studios
  • Therma Take-MSI
  • Treehouse
  • Upper Cut Circuit

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Thursday, July 17th: 10am – 6pm
  • Friday, July 18th: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday, July 19th: 10am – 6pm

Table Top Village Hours

  • Thursday, July 17th: 12pm – Midnight
  • Friday, July 18th”: 10am – Midnight
  • Saturday, July 19th: 10am – Midnight

QuakeCon 2014: The id & The ESO

Anxious for the DOOM sneak peek? Attending QuakeCon 2014 will satisfy your immediate desire to get the first details on the new shooter from id Software. And it will also give you a chance to meet the game’s art director.

Hugo Martin, already known for his work on Pacific Rim and games like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and The Force Unleashed, will be reviewing art portfolios for amateur and professional artists who want honest feedback and career advice.

Interested? Be sure to BYOP (Bring Your Own Portfolio) to our id Software booth in the exhibit hall Thursday-Saturday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

QuakeCon will also offer an opportunity to hear more about long-term plans for The Elder Scrolls Online.

During ZeniMax Online’s panel, ‘The Future of ESO’, Game Director Matt Firor and other members of the team will discuss where the game is headed and answer your questions on the Ventrilo main stage. Like Hugo from id, members of the ESO team will be on hand throughout QuakeCon to meet and greet fans. For full details on ESO’s QuakeCon showing, including how to receive a free copy of the game at QuakeCon, visit elderscrollsonline.com.

For the latest news and announcements for QuakeCon 2014, visit the event’s official site, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

The Next DOOM at QuakeCon

You’ve been clamoring for it for years, and now the wait is almost over. As announced in our E3 teaser trailer, fans in attendance at QuakeCon 2014 will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the new DOOM game from id Software.

This an exclusive thing we are doing for attendees as part of our Annual QuakeCon Welcome presentation. We’ll have plenty more to show everyone at a later date, but we didn’t want another QuakeCon to go by without doing something special for the amazing QC community and id supporters that have been with us for more than 20 years.

Don’t miss out! QuakeCon 2014 takes place July 17th – 20th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. For more information on attending, visit quakecon.org.

QuakeCon Trials II: The Revenge

QuakeCon 2014 marks year two of the fan-favorite QuakeCon Trials, a series of daily trials testing the skills of players in games from both Bethesda and id Software – including a chance to go hands on with Shinji Mikami’s upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within.

Participants will compete in six separate trials for a share of prizes, including Bethesda Store gift cards, Quick Draw entries to win cash prizes, additional prizes from our exhibitors and sponsors, and a grand prize of $ 1000.

So, when and where do these feats of strength take place? During QuakeCon Exhibit Hall hours: Thursday July 17th, Friday, July 18th, and Saturday July 19th from 10 AM – 6PM CDT. For specifics on the QuakeCon Trials, read our OFFICIAL RULES and hit the jump below. Continue reading full article ›

Ventrilo and QuakeCon Together Again For the “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes

Ventrilo is back this year for the 7th Annual “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes! Three winners will receive $10,000 each in Cash Prizes. Check out the press release below to get all the details.

If you need more information on anything related to the con, visit QuakeCon.org.

VENTRILO AND QUAKECON® 2014 TEAM UP FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL ‘ULTIMATE POWER UP’ SWEEPSTAKES

 Three Winners to Receive $10,000 each in Cash Prizes

June 30, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, is sponsoring QuakeCon 2014’s seventh annual “Ultimate Power Up” sweepstakes. One hundred lucky attendees will be entered into the sweepstakes for their chance to be one of three randomly selected winners, each receiving a $10,000 cash prize.

QuakeCon 2014, the ultimate video game festival, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX and is free to the public. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:00am and will remain open through 12:00pm on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

“We’re thrilled to once again work with Brian Knapp and the amazing team at Ventrilo to give the world’s most passionate gamers their chance to win $30,000 in prizes,” said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software. “It is the passion of the gaming community that continually sets QuakeCon apart, and we’re excited to be able to give back to the fans who make this event possible year after year.”

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to show our appreciation to the gaming community that helped make Ventrilo what we are today,” said Brian Knapp, president of Flagship Industries. “The Ventrilo team is honored to once again return as a QuakeCon sponsor, and offer fans the chance to win this year’s Ultimate Power Up prizes.”

The “Ultimate Power Up” winners will be randomly selected on Saturday, July 19, as part of the QuakeCon tournament finals event on the Ventrilo Main Stage. A total of 100 coveted tickets will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show through QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10am – 6pm

Friday, July 18, 2014 10am – 6pm

Saturday, July 19, 2014 10am – 6pm

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 2014 event sponsors and exhibitors.

To pre-register for QuakeCon today go to: http://registration.quakecon.org. For more information on QuakeCon 2014 visit www.quakecon.org.

QuakeCon Ultimate Power Up Rules:
QuakeCon 2014 registered attendees who are 18 years of age and older AND are legal residents of the United States, its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia are eligible to participate. No purchase necessary. A total of 100 raffle tickets will be distributed throughout the QuakeCon event. Additional information about contest rules, eligibility, restrictions and requirements will be available at www.quakecon.org.

Common Ground Games brings tabletop games to QuakeCon 2014

We’re excited to announce that QuakeCon and Common Ground Games have joined forces to bring the best of table top gaming to the new Table Top Village, located in the BYOC at QuakeCon 2014!  Common Ground Games, with the help of DFW Nerd Night, will be hosting some exciting events at the show for all skill levels!

Come join Friday Night Magic on July 18th at 7:00pm CT to celebrate the release of the 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set (M15). As this is a sealed event, anyone at any skill level can participate. The tabletop area will also host additional M15 drafts throughout the rest of the weekend whenever  at least 8 people want to join in.

In additional to MtG and other tabletop gaming activities and retailers, Common Ground Games will also be holding a Ticket to Ride Tournament on Saturday, July 19th where a copy of the 10th Anniversary Ticket to Ride is up for grabs!

No clue what any of this means but think it sounds fun? We’ll also have tons of demo games and staff on hand to teach newcomers how to play! See below for hours that the demo area and retail space will be open.  The play area will be open 24 hours a day as of noon on Thursday, July 17th all the way through noon on Sunday, July 20th.

Details on how to sign up for tournaments, along with a full schedule of events will be available soon!

Table Top Village Hours (including retailers):

Thursday, July 17th:             12:00pm – Midnight

Friday, July 18th”:                 10:00am – Midnight

Saturday, July 19th:              10:00am – Midnight

QuakeCon and AT&T Come Together to Provide Ultimate Gaming Experience

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QUAKECON AND AT&T COME TOGETHER TO PROVIDE
ULTIMATE GAMING EXPERIENCE

AT&T Returns to QuakeCon 2014 to Provide Fast Content Streaming and Fan Interactivity

May 30, 2014 (Rockville, MD) — id® Software and Bethesda Softworks® are pleased to announce that AT&T is returning for the fourth consecutive year as an official sponsor of QuakeCon® 2014, North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party and gaming festival. AT&T’s powerful network and U-verse® High Speed Internet will once again provide optimal bandwidth speed and connectivity to bring together thousands of gamers for an amazing gaming experience.

In addition to providing attendees with an excellent networked gaming experience in QuakeCon’s BYOC, AT&T’s presence helps open up the event to gamers around the world by providing the opportunity for Quakecon to present live and on-demand video streams of tournaments and presentations.

“Once again, AT&T was instrumental in the success of QuakeCon 2013 thanks to the speed and accessibility their network resources provide attendees and fans watching from home,” said Tim Willits, studio director of id Software. “Thanks to their support and enthusiasm, we’re excited to make this year’s event the best and most connected QuakeCon yet.”

“We’re proud to return to QuakeCon with U-verse High Speed Internet to help connect the thousands of BYOC attendees,” said Tasos Kaiafas, Director of AT&T U-verse Game Product Development, AT&T Home Solutions. “We know how important fast, reliable speeds are to the gaming community, and AT&T U-verse is thrilled to offer the connectivity they need.”

QuakeCon 2014, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX on Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00am and will remain open through 12:00pm on Sunday, July 20.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

Swag Pack Registration tonight!

We’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2014 online pre-registration for the Swag Pack Presented by Logitech® G as well as general attendee registration will open today, April 16th at 7pm CT/8pm ET at: registration.quakecon.org. The Swag Pack includes:

Swag Pack Presented by Logitech® G
Full of Limited Edition Items
$120 (500 packages available)

  • Official QuakeCon 2014 T-Shirt
  • TWO Special Limited Edition T-Shirts
  • Poster and Exclusive Drawstring Backpack for The Evil WithinTM
  • QuakeCon 2014 Branded Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
  • The Elder Scrolls® Online Branded Mousepad
  • 1-year ‘Pro’ Subscription to QUAKE LIVE®

As all pre-registration BYOC seats are now accounted for, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. Be sure to keep an eye on our QuakeCon Twitter account and Facebook page for all the details on how to win!

Fantastical Feats: Throned Edition

The parallels between the world of Tamriel and Westeros has not gone unnoticed. Brady Wold’s viral ‘Thrones’ is a perfect combination of the opening theme of “Game of Thrones” with the familiar cities of Skyrim.

Check out the album below to see the most up-to-date fan artwork! Don’t forget, you can send your photos, models, mods, illustrations, or any of your works to bethblog@bethsoft.com or @BethBlog on Twitter with #BethesdArt.