With just over a week until QuakeCon, Alienware wants to give you VIP treatment at this year’s BYOC. 10 lucky attendees will have a chance to get upgraded with the following:
- Upgraded chairs and tables for better comfort as you play late into the night
- 30” Dell Ultrasharp IPS Monitor setup at each seat for superior clarity and color
- Daily VIP gift bundles, GUNNAR Optiks glasses, and more goodies throughout the weekend
To enter, visit alienwarearena.com
We’re very excited to announce the schedules and times for QuakeCon 2012′s keynote and panels. As is tradition, the keynote will be given by id’s co-founder and technical director, John Carmack!
Then on both Friday and Saturday, we’ve put together an entertaining slate of panels featuring folks from across the gaming industry. Details below…
Thursday, August 2nd
Welcome and Annual Keynote with John Carmack (2:00 PM)
Friday, August 3rd
The Game of Making Games (11:30 AM) – featuring Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Jens Matthies (MachineGames), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), and Ted Price (Insomniac Games). Moderated by Blair Herter (G4TV).
Capture the Fan: Making Multiplayer Games That Last (1:00 PM) – featuring Chet Faliszek (Valve), Marty Stratton (id Software), and Max Hoberman (Certain Affinity). Moderated by Kevin Kelly (Wizard World).
Looking Back at Looking Glass Studios (2:30 PM) – featuring Tom Leonard (Valve), Austin Grossman, and Emil Pagliarulo (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios).
Talking Shop: Skyrim, Modding and Steam (4PM) – featuring Chet Faliszek (Valve), Matt Scott (Valve) and Joel Burgess (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks).
Virtual Insanity (6:00 PM) – featuring John Carmack (id Software), Michael Abrash (Valve), and Palmer Luckey (Oculus). Moderated by Todd Hollenshead (id Software).
Saturday, August 4th
GameTrailers’ Bonus Round (11 AM) – featuring industry veteran Adam Sessler, Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios), Michael Pachter (Wedbush Securities), and Raphael Colantonio (Arakne Studios). Moderated by Geoff Keighley (GameTrailers TV).
Celebrating id Modding (12:30 PM) – featuring Brendon Chung (Blendo Games), Robert Duffy (id Software), amd JP LeBreton (Double Fine). Moderated by Justin Blankenship (Hit Detection).
Idle Thumbs Podcast: Arena (1:30 PM) – featuring Chris Remo (Double Fine), Jake Rodkin (Telltale Games), JP LeBreton (Double Fine), Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks), and Steve Gaynor (The Fullbright Company).
For more information on QuakeCon visit: quakecon.org.
We’re pleased to announce that Ventrilo is once again sponsoring our “Ultimate Power Up” sweepstakes — this year giving you a chance to drive home from QuakeCon in a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe!
Get the full details in the press release below…
July 24, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, is returning once again to QuakeCon 2012 with its fifth annual sponsorship of the “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes. This year one lucky attendee will drive away from QuakeCon 2012 in a brand new race-red 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe.
“We’re very excited to work with our friend Brian Knapp and everyone at Ventrilo in order to provide QuakeCon attendees the chance to win this spectacular car,” said Todd Hollenshead, president of id Software. “This year someone will ride home in style in this sleek new vehicle.”
”It is the passion and camaraderie of the gaming community that helped spawn the creation of Ventrilo, and nowhere is that community more well represented than at QuakeCon.” said Brian Knapp, president of Flagship Industries. “We are proud to return as a major sponsor of this unique event for our fifth year in a row, and excited to provide one fan with the chance to win a Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe.”
The “Ultimate Power Up” winner will be randomly selected at 9:30pm CST on Saturday, August 4th as part of the tournament finals event on the QuakeCon Dell Main Stage. A total of 100 coveted tickets for the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show through QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events. Valued at approximately $58,000, the 550 horsepower V8 engine 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe will be on display in the main exhibition area throughout the event.
For the latest news on this year’s event, visit the official QuakeCon site.
Our friends over at @TeamGameCom are giving away VIP BYOC seats and prize packs that include the following:
BYOC Seat in Plantronics GameCom Row for you and a friend
VIP BYOC Check-In (We haul your rig to your seat)
The QuakeCon 2012 Swag Pack
- GameCom 780 PC Headset
- Plantronics BackBeat GO Bluetooth Headset
- FREE BenQ LCD Monitor Rental
- Upgraded Chair (which you take home after the event)
- $25 Visa Gift Card
For rules on participating, visit their official Facebook page.
Important reminder that online registration for QuakeCon 2012 closes on Monday, July 23rd. Visit registration.quakecon.org so you don’t have to register once you’re at the event.
For those registering, it’s not too late to order this year’s QuakeCon 2012 Swag Pack. For $40, you’ll get the Official QuakeCon 2012 T-Shirt, a Dishonored Tallboy shirt, and our newly revealed QuakeCon figurine from Symbiote Studios (shown above).
PRE-REGISTER & ORDER THE SWAG PACK HERE
We’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2012, the ultimate video game festival, will kick off on Thursday, August 2nd with an annual keynote address given by John Carmack.
In addition to John’s keynote, this year’s QuakeCon will host a number of panel discussions 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, GameTrailers ‘Bonus Round’, and Idle Thumbs Podcast Live: Arena. Panelists will include Marty Stratton from id Software, Ted Price, President and CEO of Insomniac Games, Chet Faliszek and Tom Leonard from Valve Software, and Geoff Keighley, host of Spike’s GameTrailers.
The full line-up of panels and guest speakers will be announced in the coming days.
During the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to play Dishonored, the supernatural assassin action game under development at Arkane Studios, and DOOM 3 BFG Edition, the full collection of genre-defining games from id Software, in Bethesda’s booth in the Exhibit Hall.
To learn about exhibitors and sponsors, hit the jump below…
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Details on this year’s tournament just went out in a press release. Highlights below…
July 13, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – The world’s most competitive QUAKE LIVE® players will come together to go head-to-head at QuakeCon® 2012, being held August 2-5 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Vying for their share of over $30,000 in prize money, top professionals will compete in the QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Masters Championship as well as the Intel-sponsored QUAKE LIVE Capture the Flag Open, QUAKE LIVE Amateur Duel and QUAKE LIVE Random Draw Free For All tournaments.
QuakeCon, which is free and open to the public, brings together some of the the greatest players in the world to participate in highly-competitive tournaments. Matches will also be broadcast live each day of the competitions on large screens with play-by-play commentary from this year’s shoutcasters who will be unveiling the excitement, energy, and behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolds, with live match coverage, player interviews and expert analysis.
Rocket jump below to learn this year’s tourney lineup.
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QuakeCon 2011 had faster-than-ever streaming and networked gameplay thanks to services provided by AT&T. In a press release that went out this morning, we’re excited to announce you’ll get the same great experience at QuakeCon 2012!
QUAKECON AND AT&T REUNITE TO PROVIDE ULTIMATE GAMING EXPERIENCE
AT&T Network Returns for 2012 to Provide Blazingly Fast Content Streamingand Greater Fan Interactivity
July 9, 2012 (Rockville, MD) — id® Software and Bethesda Softworks® are pleased to announce that AT&T is returning for the second consecutive year as an official sponsor of QuakeCon® 2012, 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 unmatched gaming experience.
In addition to providing attendees with the best possible networked gaming experience, AT&T’s presence helps open up the event to gamers around the world by providing the opportunity for increased live and on-demand video streams.
“AT&T was invaluable for us at QuakeCon 2011 thanks to the speed and accessibility their network resources bring to QuakeCon attendees and fans watching from home,” said Todd Hollenshead, president of id Software. “Their dedication and enthusiasm for the event is great, and we couldn’t be happier to join forces again to make QuakeCon 2012 the best, most connected QuakeCon yet.”
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Update 4/25: Registration is now live!
Original Post: We’re less than four months from QuakeCon, and to get ready, we’re opening pre-registration tomorrow!
While general admission to QuakeCon remains FREE for all attendees, when pre-registration opens we will be offering premium packages. These premium packages are limited and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Get all the package details after the break…
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Prepare for Peace, Love, and Rockets!
QuakeCon, North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party, returns to the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX on August 2-5. Those interested in attending can reserve special room rates at the hotel by calling 1-800- Hiltons and ask for the QuakeCon 2012 rate ($154 per night).
For the latest updates, keep an eye on QuakeCon.org and our Twitter & Facebook pages for the event.