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Win Tickets to WasabiCon 2022!

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WINNERS ANNNOUNCED: Congrats to Daniel M. and Olliver M. for each winning a ticket! We have reached out via your Gleam.IO provided e-mail address to confirm your tickets.

Thanks everyone for participating in this latest giveaway. We will have more in the future for other events soon!

For over a decade now, Events for Gamers has shared news about events, attended events and written about them — and now we’re offering readers a chance to attend some of these amazing events!

In partnership with WasabiCon, Events for Gamers has two tickets to WasabiCon 2022 to give away. Simply complete as many options in the following entry form to raise your chance at winning free access to the event!

Win Tickets to WasabiCon 2022!

This sweepstakes runs from October 3-7, 2022. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted on October 7, 2022 with a special code you can use to redeem on the WasabiCon website. Be sure to redeem your code by October 8, 2022!

Disclaimer: Badges/tickets are ONLY for access to the show and do not cover transportation, hotel stay, or any other fees or amenities whatsoever.

When is the event? Visit Events for Gamers’ WasabiCon 2022 calendar entry!

About WasabiCon

WasabiCon is Northeast Florida’s largest pop culture event for fans of cosplay, anime, gaming and everything “geek.” The two-day convention features celebrity guests, local artists, exhibitors, gaming, panels, contests and much more. Daytime programming and events are designed to be all-ages, with content presented for older attendees scheduled in the evening.

October 2022 Game Industry Events Calendar

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To give you the power to easily discover upcoming game industry events calendar that includes conferences, conventions, festivals and many other types of events, we post a consolidated list here on Events for Gamers each month.

October is the final strong month of the year for events before the holidays begin to slow things down. We’re still seeing a strong mix of Onsite vs Online vs Hybrid events. This won’t change until 2023 as we begin to see a strong pickup in Hybrid events, as well as the continued return of Onsite events. This month also matches the same number of events as in September, a strong showing!

View this month’s event list below. You can also click here for the main calendar view that includes events into 2022 and beyond.

OCTOBER 1-2: Zurich Pop Con & Game Show
1-2: Pittsburgh Gaming Expo
1-9: Melbourne International Games Week (Hybrid)
3-5: Games Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)
3-10: Steam Next Fest October (Online)
5-6: The International Games Summit on Mental Health Awareness (TIGS) (Online)
5-6: Horizons(s)
5-7: LEVEL UP KL (Hybrid)
6: Dutch Game Day
6-9: Game Industry Conference (GIC)
7-9: TwitchCon San Diego
7-9: PAX AUS
7-9: GXL COLOSSAL
11: Meta Connect (Online)
11-14: TING III (Hybrid)
13-15: CEEGS
15: #a11yTO Gaming
15-16: WasabiCon
17: Unreal Fest
18-21: Games Gathering Bratislava
19-22: MEGAMIGS
20-23: GamesCom Asia
21-22: Effing-Con
22-23: IndieDevDay (Hybrid)
22-23: Game Access Connect
23-29: Overcome Film Festival (Online)
24-25: Dev Play (Hybrid)
24-25: GAconf Redmond (Hybrid)
26: Gamesforum Seattle
26-27: Arm DevSummit
26-28: Games Job Fair Autumn
28-30: Polaris Convention
29-30: IndieDevDay
31-NOV 6: Play 22 Creative Gaming Festival (Hybrid)

Which events are you attending this month? Let us know by commenting on this article here or on Twitter and Facebook!

Game Wave Festival changes the dates to host the Nordic Game Discovery Contest Grand Finals

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Tallinn, Estonia, 20.09.2022 – The Game Wave Festival (GWF) announced new dates for the event. It will be happening November 28-29 in Tallinn, Estonia at Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel. In addition to new dates, Game Wave Festival is proud to host Nordic Game Discovery Contest Baltic Semi-finals leading up to NGDC Grand Finals.

“We have changed the dates for the conference because we got a unique opportunity to host NGDC Season VI: Special Qualifier and the NGDC Grand Finals for the first time in the Baltic region” — says Ints Viksna, Chairman of the Board at Latvian Technological center.

The Game Wave Festival is a business, education and entertainment event for the gaming industry professionals. It first took place with great success in September 2021 in Jūrmala, Latvia, and was attended by more than 270 participants from 25 countries. 

The festival is mainly B2B, however, it is designed to avoid the “stiffness” these types of events sometimes have by capturing the fun and relaxed ambiance. GWF is large enough to get an overview of the main tendencies in the Nordic and Baltic region, and small enough to make friends with all participants – The friendships you will make in GWF, will follow you all your life. 

Join The Game Wave Festival to experience the following:

  • Plenty of useful workshops, game company, art, technology & education expo, pitching opportunities and business meetings.
  • The conference and interactive events are divided in 5 tracks: General, Art (visual, audial, haptics), Unreal Engine and XR.
  • B2Match online matchmaking platform for booking meetings will be available for all participants during the conference days 28- 29 of November plus one day after the conference online.
  • Early stage mentor pitch for anyone not ready for any other pitches, but still willing to train, test their prototype and get feedback. Jammers are welcome.
  • Nordic Game Discovery Contest Baltic semi-finals where developers from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania can showcase their game to publishers and industry experts and compete for the place in the Nordic Game Discovery Contest Grand Finals.
  • The Business Party (27.11.2022) will be available for organizers, speakers, partners and business ticket holders only. 
  • The Afterparty (29.11.2022) will be available for almost everyone (except for student ticket holders). It will feature Marioke, a feast table and a quieter area for business conversations.

AMD’s Dr. Lisa Su to Keynote Live at CES 2023

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CES (Image: Consumer Technology Association)

Arlington, VA — Sep 19, 2022 The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® today announced Dr. Lisa Su, AMD Chair and CEO, will deliver an in-person keynote address at CES 2023, the world’s most influential technology event. Dr. Su will share AMD’s vision—a perennial highlight of the CES season—on how high-performance and adaptive computing transforms lives by addressing the world’s toughest problems.

“Over the last few years computing has become an essential and pervasive part of our daily lives, helping each of us adapt how we work and learn remotely, while keeping us connected and entertained,” said Dr. Su. “I am excited for the opportunity to deliver a keynote at CES 2023 to highlight the next generation of high-performance and adaptive computing innovations, and products that will push the boundaries on what is possible and play an important role helping solve our most important challenges.”

From driving greater efficiency and sustainability in the cloud to powering exascale supercomputing, today’s AMD is woven into our lives. The company’s innovations in areas including high-performance computing, AI and gaming will be showcased at CES 2023. More than 1300 confirmed exhibitors underscore how technology is a catalyst for change.

“AMD shows how creative innovation pushes the envelope of tech for good,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “Dr. Su’s power is bringing people together, and I can’t wait to see what advances they’ll share at the show.”

An engineer who inspires people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM, Dr. Su has played a major role advancing high-performance computing and the semiconductor industry for more than three decades. Her keynote will be delivered live and in person from Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom.

Dr. Su joins John Deere Chairman and CEO John May as a CES keynote speaker. The keynote schedule will be updated as speakers are announced.

Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2023 will take place in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2023, with Media Days taking place January 3-4, 2023. Attendees will experience new technologies from global brands, hear about the future of technology from thought leaders and collaborate face-to-face with other attendees. The show will highlight how innovations in sustainability, transportation and mobility, digital health, the metaverse and more are addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Audiences will hear from industry experts during live keynotes, including leaders from John Deere and AMD. Visit CES.tech for all CES 2023 updates, registration details and the media page for all press resources.

Steam Deck Tokyo Game Show Lineup

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Over 20 Titles To Be Showcased On World’s Most Powerful Gaming Handheld

September 12, 2022 – Valve and Komodo, the licensed provider of Steam Deck in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, are heading to Tokyo Game Show 2022 (TGS) where they’re hosting a massive booth showcasing Steam Deck, featuring over 20 gaming titles for showgoers to try.

Komodo was recently revealed as the official distributor of Valve’s Steam Deck in these regions, and is currently accepting reservations for the powerful handheld device, which is targeted to start shipping later this year.

Located on the north side of Hall 5, the large booth will be an ideal place to get some hands-on experience and discover how light and comfortable it is to play on Steam Deck. Those who try Steam Deck at the booth will receive limited edition Steam Deck swag, including a TGS-only Steam Deck book, items featuring Steam Pal – the official Steam Deck mascot – and more. 

Thousands of games are already playable on Steam Deck, and the following titles will be available to play at TGS: 

  1. ACE COMBATT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN
  2. Aperture Desk Job
  3. Apex LegendsT
  4. Core Keeper
  5. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  6. DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR’S CUT
  7. Devil May Cry 5
  8. ELDEN RING
  9. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE
  10. Hades
  11. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+
  12. LegoŽ Star WarsT: The Skywalker Saga
  13. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  14. MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA
  15. No Man’s Sky
  16. Persona 4 Golden
  17. PowerWash Simulator
  18. SCARLET NEXUS
  19. Sonic Origins
  20. Stardew Valley
  21. Stray
  22. Tales of Arise
  23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  24. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

In addition to games, the booth will also feature livestreams with guests from game content makers and popular YouTubers; highlight new titles coming soon to the platform; and give attendees a chance to win a Steam Deck.

Steam Deck is a powerful handheld gaming PC that runs thousands of games already known and loved by gamers worldwide, including many AAA franchises popular around the world.  It has been designed for ease of use, ergonomics, and comfort, and is customizable to fit each gamer’s play style. Customers can reserve a Steam Deck immediately.

Steam Deck is set to ship in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan later this year, with starting prices (shipping and tax included) of:

  • 59,800 JPY in Japan
  • 13,380 TWD in Taiwan
  • 3,288 HKD in Hong Kong
  • 589,000 KRW in South Korea

To reserve a Steam Deck for delivery in these regions, please visit https://steamdeck.komodo.jp/

Taipei Game Show 2023 Returns to Physical Events

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Registration Is Open for Exhibitors and the Indie Game Award

As the pandemic in Taiwan eases, the Taipei Game Show announces its grand return to full-scale physical events starting in February 2023. According to the organizer, the Asia Pacific Game Summit (APGS) will feature domestic and foreign lecturers, and the physical part of B2B Zone will also be back in play. The B2C Zone for players will remain its previous hybrid form. In addition to the show scheduled to take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1, there will be special online programs to engage gamers all over the world. Taipei Game Show 2023 is now open for exhibitor registration. Stay tuned to the official website for more information.

According to a report issued by Video Game Insights, starting in 2021, independent games have been dominating the new game scene on STEAM. 98% of the new games launched are independent games, and the trend remains consistent this year, signifying the forceful surge of independent games. Taipei Game Show has been dedicated to helping independent game developers reach gamers. The B2B Zone, Indie House, and the Indie Game Award 2023 are also now open for registration. Winning teams of game developers will not only be entitled to the glory but also get a chance to promote their works globally using official publicity resources.

Taipei Game Show 2023
DateB2C ZONE  Feb. 2nd to Feb. 5th, 2023
B2B ZONE  Feb. 2nd to Feb. 3rd, 2023
Asia Pacific Game Summit Feb. 2nd to Feb. 3rd, 2023
Special AreaIndie HouseBoard Game Wonderland
VenueTaipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1
Official SiteB2C ZONE: https://tgs.tca.org.tw/index_2c_e.phpB2B ZONE: https://tgs.tca.org.tw/index_2b_e.php
Facebook Fan Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/taipeigameshowglobal
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/taipeigameshow

DreamHack Returns to Atlanta November 18-20

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COLOGNE / STOCKHOLM / NEW YORK — DreamHack is back! The three-day, immersive, gaming lifestyle festival will return to Atlanta for the ultimate weekend experience for the first time since before the pandemic in 2019. DreamHack Atlanta will take place November 18-20, 2022, at the Georgia World Congress Center, offering everything gaming under one roof. The “early bird” pricing for tickets starts at $24 for a one-day pass, and $85 for a three-day experience. More details are available at dreamhack.com/atlanta/tickets.

DreamHack creates an arena where the community can come to connect, explore, win, play a part, and be yourself through the gaming lifestyle experience. Whether festival-goers are admiring cosplay costumes, participating in tournaments, watching pros compete, learning to stream, testing technology at the Expo, DreamHack offers an unforgettable experience.

“We are super excited to bring DreamHack back to the great city of Atlanta,” said Shahin Zarrabi, VP Strategy & Growth at DreamHack. “These last two years of the pandemic have been so hard for so many, but gaming has always brought communities together both online and in person. So it is especially meaningful to bring our event back to Atlanta for the first time in three years. The DreamHack experience truly has no equal — we can’t wait to once again share it with Atlanta.”

Among an array of professional, amateur and collegiate gaming competitions will also be Fighting Game Championships, the beloved and famous Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) three-day LANpartyCosplay Championship; Magic: The Gathering Atlanta Showdown; PanelsIndie Games; Expo and much more to be announced.

In addition, the annual Esport Summit will take place ahead of DreamHack Atlanta, punctuating the thriving esports industry in Georgia and beyond. Esports Summit provides global business leaders and educators a comprehensive view of the entire esports ecosystem, including networking opportunities, presentations from industry leaders, and workshops with some of the largest names in the esports and scholastic esports industry.

DreamHack’s 2022 global tour includes a total of 10 festivals in seven countries. DreamHack’s first event since the pandemic was DreamHack Dallas in June — DreamHack has not been to Atlanta since before the pandemic in November 2019.

September 2022 Game Industry Events Calendar

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To help you discover upcoming game industry events calendar that includes conferences, conventions, festivals and many other types of events, we post a consolidated list here on Events for Gamers each month.

September is one of the most exciting months for events. Not only are there many more events than any other month of the year, but some of our favorites are included like PAX West, Dragon Con, D.I.C.E. Europe, and more.

One interesting note about the trend of Onsite vs Online vs Hybrid is the vast number of Onsite in September. We’re clearly seeing an interest in back-to-onsite attendance. There are some Hybrid events out there still, but hardly any Online only compared to the vast number of other types. We’ll see what October and beyond will show in contrast.

View this month’s event list below. You can also click here for the main calendar view that includes events into 2022 and beyond.

SEPTEMBER 1-2: Hyper Games Conference September
1-4: Busan Indie Connect Festival
1-5: Dragon Con
2-3: PDXCON Stockholm
2-5: PAX West
4-6: D.I.C.E. Europe
5: Mobidictum Business Conference
5-7: ESI London
5-8: Foundations of Digital Games (FDG)
7-9: External Development Summit (XDS)
8-9: WN Conference Cyprus (Hybrid)
10: Capital Creative Showcase
14-17: EVA Argentina
15: Gamesforum London 2022
15-16: MeetToMatch Tokyo (Hybrid)
15-17: Baltic Dev Days
15-18: Game Devs of Color Expo (Online)
15-18: Tokyo Game Show (Hybrid)
15-18: Gamesweekberlin
17: The Thing
19-22: GTC (Online)
19-24: Gamathon (Online)
20-22: GI Live: London (Hybrid)
21-23: Game UX Summit
23: Game Developers Session
23-25: Latinx Games Festival (Hybrid)
23-25: Game Conference Armenia
27: We Speak Games (Hybrid)
27-28: Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki
28-30: Immerse Global Summit Europe
29-30: MGS Games
29-30: Northern Game Summit
30: Game Wave Festival
29-OCT 1: Reboot Develop Blue

Which events are you attending this month? Let us know by commenting on this article here or on Twitter and Facebook!

Get your tickets now: Highlights at gamescom congress 2022

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Cologne, 18 August 2022: More than 80 international speakers, top politicians on site and numerous strong partners make the gamescom congress on 25 August 2022 unique! From various perspectives, the congress shows that there is much more to computer games than entertainment. In around 50 different programme points, the gamescom congress impressively demonstrates the opportunities that games offer for education, science, business, and culture, as well as for our social interaction. After two digital editions, Europe’s leading conference on the potential of computer games will once again be held on site at Koelnmesse’s Congress-Centrum North as part of gamescom. Tickets are still available at short notice at www.gamescom-congress.de.

“Finally, gamescom in Cologne is back again! And after a three-year break, the gamescom congress is once again taking its permanent place at the world’s largest event for games. Once again, we have succeeded in bringing national and international experts to Cologne. They will show the economic and social areas in which games have already become indispensable. I am looking forward to the exchange and networking at the gamescom congress”, says Nathanael Liminski, Minister for Federal and European Affairs, International Affairs and Media of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Head of the State Chancellery. The state of NRW has been a sponsor of the congress for many years.

Political kick-off

The gamescom congress kicks off with a talk between Felix Falk, Managing Director of game, the association of the German games industry and Nathanael Liminski, Minister for media in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Afterwards, one of the political highlights of the entire gamescom will attract attention: At the Debatt(l)e Royale, Kevin Kühnert (Secretary General, SPD), Mario Czaja (Secretary General, CDU), Emily Büning (Federal Executive Director, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and Bijan Djir-Sarai (Secretary General, FDP) will discuss hot topics of the young generation and what framework conditions politics must create in order to make the best possible use of the potential of games. The debate will be moderated by streamer Kim-Noemi Adam aka Freiraumreh and journalist Niklas Kolorz. Everybody is invited to join in the discussion via #DebattleRoyale and submit questions to the panel. The talk will be streamed live on www.gamescom-congress.de and https://www.twitch.tv/gamescomcongress.

Now or November – When Should You Buy a New Graphics Card?

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For the past couple of years, since Nvidia released their RTX 3000 series of graphics cards (GPUs) and AMD released their Radeon RX 6000 series, the GPU market has been in extremely short supply (at least for us regular gamers). The primary reason is due to a relatively limited supply of the cards being bought up by crypto miners and resellers. As the crypto market has dropped sharply in recent months, GPU supply has been opened up at much lower cost. Up until June, it was nearly impossible to buy a card that you needed, or might it cost you an arm and a leg from some scalper offering.

Today, things have changed. GPUs are in abundance with many selling at below MSRP. The time is right to buy!… or is it?

Some personal considerations

  • In immediate debt?
  • Rely on a computer that just broke down or might fall apart in the very near future?
  • Rely on a computer but it’s slow, hampering your use of it?
  • Emotionally willing to wait a month or two?
  • Have no problems with current computer, but feel an upgrade would help in games?
  • Love to upgrade and have the money to do so every year or two?

Let’s play devil’s advocate and look at the two main points of view.

Now is a good time to buy

In general, now is an excellent time to buy if you don’t want to wait a couple of months to get the next best thing and are not the type of person to need the latest and greatest. You especially probably don’t need the next generation of GPUs as the current generation will run just about any game even at 4K with RTX. If you want 4K and RTX at higher refresh rates, then a wait might be worth it. Prices on current generation cards may drop further, but they probably won’t drop much more than they are now and inventory is starting to dry up for many variations.

However, if you’re like us who are ok with their current systems but crave the latest and greatest for our mod heavy, poorly optimized, games that need sheer brute force performance, or are eager to shave off a few more seconds on that video compilation time, then a wait would perhaps be worth it.

Now is NOT a good time to buy – ‘Futureproofing’

Waiting just a couple of months can often be a good choice to ‘future proof’ your system. Yes, you can future proof your system. Don’t listen to those naysayers that suggest ‘you’re always going to be waiting with that mindset’. This is a shortsighted answer if you follow some basic reasoning, like how close is the next generation of products, how long will it be after their release before something once again worthwhile arrives, and what’s the cost difference between generations if you wait to save some cash on dropping prices or last gen considerations?

For example, the coming CPUs by AMD are going to be the first (for AMD) to have DDR5 memory, PCIE 5.0 bandwidth, more cache on the CPU and GPU (great for games), and other technologies that’ll be valuable to have for years. Sure, I could ignore all that and get a DDR4 system now, but then I’d just want all these new technologies a year from now when I can wait just another month to get them instead. The products coming out in a year are not going to have this many new technologies. DDR6, PCIE 6.0, etc., won’t arrive yet for several years.

Cost is going to be a big decision maker of course. Last gen products and ones that are a few months old may be a cheaper and thus a better buy. However, we’ve found that the price difference is often not enough to justify a near-term repeat purchase. Purchasing a decent DDR4 64GB option will set you back about $200 at the low end. DDR5 64GB is about $330 or so at the low end. If you buy DDR4 64GB now and then a year from now go “shucks, I want to upgrade” you’re doing it all over again (perhaps at a lower price, but don’t forget you’ll need a motherboard with DDR5 support), instead of just getting the higher priced (but better performing) DDR5 now and having that last for years instead.

This is what we mean when future proofing your system can make sense. There are of course other variables as the years go by, like improving DDR5 performance that may sway you to wait yet another year, new technologies that may need another year to become stable with improved drivers, etc., but that’s really getting into the weeds at that point.

Decide to wait for that new RTX 4090 GPU? There’s a catch…

While last generation sucked a lot of power from your wall outlet, this upcoming generation for both Nvidia and AMD are going to increase power demand considerably, and the quality of that power will need to be considered. There are rumors of cards upwards of 600 watts or more (though some of these may be test boards and not actual final retail specs). Graphics cards are increasingly exhibiting millisecond power spikes call ‘transients’ that can, for just a few milliseconds, draw 2x or even 3x the power. Power supplies are designed to handle these spikes, but the next generation of graphics cards are going to have extreme spikes.

The power supply is always going to be the most important component for system stability. If you’re willing to wait for the next generation of graphics cards, by the time they are available the new ATX 3.0/12VHPWR power supplies that handle large transient spikes will also be available. Especially if you’re going to be purchasing a top end RTX 4090 or RX 7900XT once they are available later this year, you’ll want to pickup an ATX 3.0/12VHPWR power supply of at least 1000 watt capacity.

But what about Intel ARC?

ARC by Intel is an interesting new option coming to the GPU arena to fight alongside Nvidia and AMD. We personally would only recommend these GPUs as a potential budget solution, which several early previews appear to verify. But there’s too many unknowns yet about how the ARC GPUs will perform in all scenarios and driver support will take years to fully develop. The industry does need more competition, so Intel ARC on the stage can overall only be a good thing. Should you buy it, though? Well, at this time, it’s safe to say necessarily recommend buying any ARC-based GPUs or laptops or PCs released in 2022. But do keep an eye out for 2023, when a fuller picture of the ARC’s capabilities and software/hardware roadmap will be clearer.

Which events coming up soon might tell me more?

HotChips 34:
This event is coming up quickly, but it’s online and won’t require as much planning to attend. HotChips is for people who really like to geek out over GPUs, motherboards, and other architectures. Much of the discussions from this event won’t necessarily make it to the headlines, but for news sites that dissect the presentations, the show may be like a compass needle that reveals some architectural capabilities from Intel, Nvidia, and AMD.

Nvidia GTC 2022:
Coming up in mid-September online, NVIDIA’s next GPU Technology Conference (GTC) will focus on artificial intelligence and the metaverse. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a hardware announcement, such as a new or updated GPU, that may impact gamers.

CES 2023:
There are few shows in a calendar year, except, arguably, for Computex Taipei, where there’s more fresh news rolled out about hardware and software products than CES, which takes place at the start of the year. Nvidia, AMD, and Intel will certainly come prepared with plenty of fresh news for what to expect for their GPUs product lines and more in 2023.

Summary

At the end of the day, buy what feels right for you! We hope these guidelines, resources, and considerations will make your purchasing option a stable and fast one for years to come. Let us know what you purchase in the comments below or on social media!

TwitchCon San Diego 2022 Masking and Vaccination Policies Updated

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At the start of the month, Twitch, the livestreaming giant, who hosts their content creator-centered convention, TwitchCon, announced their health guidelines for the 2022 event in San Diego, CA. The original TwitchCon San Diego health policy stated:

“We’re constantly reviewing our health and safety guidelines along with local authorities. In accordance with current local guidelines, there will be no COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements at TwitchCon San Diego. Although masks are encouraged, they are not currently required to attend TwitchCon.”

At the same time, a highly virulent version of COVID-19, the Omicron BA.5 strain, is the most dominant strain — with about 700-1,300 daily cases (at the time of this posting) in San Diego County. Although by early October, when TwitchCon commences, the COVID situation could be better or worse. However, this policy raised concerns for a number of potential TwitchCon attendees, especially among the immunocompromised and disabled community, who face greater risk of experiencing more severe COVID-related symptoms and for longer periods of time if they are infected.

One of the more prominent voices raising concerns has been Steven Spohn (Spawn), a disabled variety Twitch streamer and advocate, who suggested skipping TwitchCon San Diego this year as a response:

The backlash from some creators and attendees evidently made an impact. In a blog post this morning, TwitchCon organizers announced they’ve revised their health policies for attendees. Attendees will be required to wear masks for all indoors spaces at TwitchCon San Diego and to show a proof of vaccination and proof of negative COVID test within 72 hours of attending the show. The revised health policies can be found on the event site here.

Regarding this update, the early social media feedback from potentially attendees, especially among those who raised concerns (such as Spawn), has been generally positive.

TwitchCon San Diego is scheduled to take place in San Diego from October 7-9.

Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, to Deliver PAX West 2022 Storytime Keynote

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PAX West logo in blue against white background

SEATTLE – August 9, 2022 – Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios, will deliver the Storytime keynote address at PAX West 2022, the West Coast’s most attended celebration of gaming and gaming culture. After the keynote, attendees can hit the Seattle Convention Center show floor, where legendary game creators The Pokémon Company will join a blockbuster lineup of exhibitors from Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5.

Keynote speaker Matt Booty welcomes the global gaming community home to PAX West on Friday, September 2 at 10:30 am PT in the Main Theater. Matt’s storied career kicked off in the ‘90s with engineering work on legendary Midway Games titles like Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, and Cruis’n USA. He joined Microsoft in 2010 to help lead internal game development teams and played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Minecraft and its expansion to other platforms, including Nintendo Switch, VR, and educational spaces. Matt is currently corporate vice president of Xbox Game Studios, the organization responsible for developing and publishing Microsoft games for console, PC, and mobile platforms.

The Pokémon Company hits PAX West inviting Trainers to experience the latest and greatest from the storied monster-catching franchise. ESL Gaming brings esports tournaments to the expo floor alongside other fan-favorite exhibitors, AAA and indie alike, including Nintendo, Sega, Finji, Bandai Namco, PLAION (formerly Koch Media), tinyBuild, Devolver Digital, Apogee Entertainment, Ysbryd Games, Raw Fury, Yacht Club Games, and so many more, including tech giants Intel, AMD, and ASUS.
“Every day leading up to the show, the PAX West experience is enrichened – and now we’re proud to announce industry powerhouse Matt Booty to kick off the show,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade and PAX. “Now, I gotta go. I have a whole lotta Warhammer minis to paint before the show.”

For the safety of every participant, including attendees, exhibitors, guests and staff, PAX West 2022 will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination and attendees must wear face coverings at all times. For more information, please see the official health and safety guidelines.

A limited number of four-day badges for PAX West 2022 are available for $235, with single-day badges for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday available now for $62. For travel info, event schedules, FAQs, and more, check out the official website of PAX West and follow PAX on TwitterFacebookTwitch, and Instagram.

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