In addition to this change, we are also introducing a new arena voting system to increase the variety of arenas played. Players playing on Standard-level matches will now have a choice between three arenas at the end of each match. The arena voted on will be the next match played. Premium matches will continue to have access to the entire arena pool, and matches created by our Pro players will continue to have the option to change arenas at any point.
In a press release released at QuakeCon, we’ve announced that Symbiote Studios (makers of our QuakeCon Swag Pack figurine), are releasing a Dragonborn figure – inspired by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim keyart. Full details in the press release below…
SYMBIOTE STUDIOS TO CREATE STYLIZED VINYL TOYS BASED ON BETHESDA SOFTWORKS’ AWARD-WINNING FRANCHISES
Tucson, Arizona (August 1, 2012) Symbiote Studios LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of toys and high-end collectibles, has received rights to create stylized vinyl toys based on Bethesda’s award-winning franchises, including The Elder Scrolls®, Dishonored™, DOOM®, Fallout®, andQUAKE®.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Bethesda,” said Joseph Reiter, CEO of Symbiote Studios. “We will give our utmost respect and attention to crafting the characters found in their video games.”
QuakeCon® 2012 attendees that ordered the QuakeCon “Swag Pack” will receive Symbiote’s first creation for Bethesda, an exclusive QuakeCon figurine.
Symbiote is also creating a Dragonborn™ figure, inspired by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®. The Dragonborn figure, which will retail for $9.99, will be available this Fall. Pre-orders for the figurine can be made in-person at Symbiote’s booth at QuakeCon, or online via Symbiote’s official website, http://www.symbiotestudios.com.
QuakeCon 2012 Figurine
As shared in our panel listing earlier in the week, GameTrailers’ popular web series, Bonus Round, will be streamed live on Saturday, August 4th, at 11 AM CST!
Full details from GameTrailers below…
Much like the Avengers, we’ve assembled an all-star group of industry experts to bring YOU the knowledge in an exclusive panel only at QuakeCon! GameTrailers’ host Geoff Keighley, industry analyst Michael Pachter, industry veteran Adam Sessler, and Dishonored dignitaries Harvey Smith and Raf Colantonio come together in one place to talk about all things gaming. Seriously – anything can happen when you put these guys together. From Pachter’s wild crystal-ball predictions, Keighley and Sessler’s collective experience with “world exclusives” to Harvey and Raf’s upcoming game launch – this is a panel you can’t miss. Will Pachter SMASH? Will Harvey and Raf reveal new insight about Dishonored? Will Adam and Geoff merge to create Adam Geoffler, a new breed of video game journalist? Find out!
For details on all of QuakeCon’s panels, check out this post.
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)
- 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).
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…