With the start of a new year, there’s sure to be several gaming conventions. With new consoles coming our way, 2020 will include the best gaming conventions with high-profile game reveals, and next-gen announcements. In this article, we’ve listed 10 of the biggest gaming conventions in 2020.
10 Biggest Gaming Conventions in 2020:
#1: PAX (South, East, West) – Status: In-Progress
The Penny Arcade Expo or PAX was held at San Antonio, TX (South, Boston, MA (East), and TBD (West) on Jan17-19, Feb 27-March 1, and September 4- 7 respectively. You’ve already guessed that this one’s already over (except for PAX West). It was held almost 5 months ago and is among the most widespread gaming conventions held everywhere.
The convention brings forth a blend of tabletop, video game, and arcade fans. It was held in San Antonio where it always has been in mid-January, and in Boston PAX East was held at the end of February to the 1st of March. PAX West hasn’t been held yet and has been scheduled for September.
#2: Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) – Status: Cancelled
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was supposed to be held in the month of June from 9th June to 11th June in Los Angeles, CA. It’s considered the most integral gaming convention, more commonly known as “E3”.
The Convention features several compelling showcases and the biggest announcements of the gaming industry. In the previous convention, Xbox revealed their new console labeled the “Xbox Series X”, and called it “Project Scarlett”. If the convention was held, Sony would have announced its new PS5 console, but it was canceled. Sony did announce the console, but not on the convention.
It’s one of the best conventions held every year, and this year’s E3 would’ve been the 26th one, but it had to be canceled.
#3: DreamHack – Status: Held
The DreamHack tournament features esports tournaments, live music, and cosplaying. It was held this year in Leipzig, Germany, Anaheim, and CA (U.S.). It’s truly one of the best conventions and even holds the “Guinness Book of Records” for hosting the largest LAN party ever. The venue of the convention is switched every year with this year’s conventions being held at Leipzig, Germany, Anaheim, and CA (U.S.).
This year’s convention was truly breathtaking and featured one of the best eSports tournaments as of yet.
#4: Tokyo Game Show – Status: In-progress
If you enjoy/play Japanese games like JRPGs, fighting games, and anime-centric titles, you’ll surely love this convention. It’s held every year in Tokyo, Japan, and that’s not changing this year either, and it’ll be held at the end of September from 24th September to 27th. This year’s convention is sure to be a delight because of the upcoming consoles, so you don’t wanna’ miss it.
It’s going to have many exciting Japanese games both for console and PCs, and the new games might be meant for the new PS5, and Xbox Series X as well.
#5: GamesCom – Status: Canceled (Digital Only)
Major gaming conventions usually take place in the month of August, and this year wasn’t going to be any different. But due to the pandemic, the GamesCom, scheduled to be held in August (25-29), has been canceled, so there are no conventions in this year’s August. Publishers reveal their major games in this convention, but that’s not happening this year due to a worldwide crisis.
If it did take place, it would feature major games for the next-gen consoles or even sequels to the current popular games. The games may still be revealed, but it won’t be as epic as it would’ve been in the GamesCon convention.
#6: Fan Expo Dallas – Status: In-Progress
One of the largest North American conventions, this convention features everything from gaming to comic books and even Sci-Fi and is the dream convention of every geek out there. It even includes cosplays and several family-friendly activities. If you’re into tattoos, this convention offers tattoos of almost every game displayed in it, or you could even get a tattoo of your favorite comic book character.
It’ll be held in Dallas, TX from 23rd October to 27th October, so if you’re a geek, make sure you don’t miss it.
#7: Paris Games Week – Status: In-Progress
The Paris Games Week is quite identical to E3 and GamesCom conventions, but it’s held it Paris. This year’s Paris Games Week is going to be held in October (23rd to 27th), the same date as the Fan Expo Dallas. It doesn’t really complicate things as the two conventions are held in different places, so the same person isn’t likely to want to go to both.
It’ll likely feature new games and new hardware release, and their gameplay as well, so if you’re in Paris, be sure to buy a ticket for the convention!
#8: BlizzCon – Status: Canceled
2019’s Blizzcon blew the competition without a sweat, and this year’s convention was sure to be a banger, but it’s been canceled to the current worldwide pandemic. To give a little background, BlizzCon is blizzard’s own convention where they feature their own games like Overwatch 2, and Diablo 4. There may be an online alternative in 2021, but for now, there’s not going to be a BlizzCon 2020.
#9: The Games Awards – Status: Unknown
This year’s Games Awards isn’t exactly a convention, but a show held once every year. It is more like a convention where the best games of the year are featured, and the best among them is picked, and awarded. This year’s Games Awards was to be held in Los Angeles, CA, but its status is still unknown, so we’re not certain if it’ll be held or not.
There have been many controversies related to the shows judges and hosts, but it still remains one of the top showcases for new and upcoming games.
#10: EuroGamer Expo (EGX) – Status: In-Progress
The EuroGamer Expo, or more commonly known as “EGX” will be held in Excel, London in September from 17th to 20th. The convention features several hands-on experiences, tournaments, cosplays, and tons of other stuff. EGX has always had a huge number of people and is one of the best conventions out there.
In this article, we’ve listed 10 of the biggest gaming conventions in 2020, and we hope you find it useful. If you have any further queries or would like to add something to this article, feel free to comment down below, and we’ll try to respond to as many as we can!
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