Quakecon Is Coming to Your House for Dinner.
If anyone had been told last year that their favourite events and conventions would all be held online, even those celebrating milestones, they would have laughed. But with the world the way it is, everyone is finding new ways to adapt and offer online experiences to their fans, and it has just been announced that QuakeCon will be the newest even to (temporarily) go digital.
The 25th Annual QuakeCon, which will run from August 7th to August 9th, has been renamed ‘QuakeCon at Home’ and promises to offer a variety of live-streamed content from around the world, including tournaments and charity initiatives, as well as ways for gamers to get together and just play the games they love.
The event places a lot of focus on charitable causes and initiatives, including raising money for animal charities (in an attempt to replace the ‘good doggos’ who visit the Exhibit Hall every year, which I did not know about but now immediately miss). Attendees will be able to make donations directly to some of the event’s suggested charities, including Direct Relief, UNICEF, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and The Trevor Project, but will also be able to show their support by buying merch. Purchases of exclusive “Dogvahkiin” and “Catodemon” t-shirts for sale, with 100 percent of the profits going to long-time Dallas animal adoption partner, Dallas Pets Alive, as well as FOUR PAWS, a global animal welfare organisation. There’s also a whole bunch of (sadly) non-animal-related merch to be bought, including ‘QuakeCon at Home’ shirts that the organisers hope will be the only ones of their kind.
One of the announced highlights includes a round-the-clock roster of content from streamers and Bethesda Community teams and a QuakeCon Twitch team, who will play games for and alongside the community to raise money for charitable causes. This will occur alongside an Esports tournament which will include the conclusion of the Quake World Championship, which showcases the top 24 Quake players around the world as they compete for their share of $150,000 worth of prizes and the title of Seasonal Champion. There’s a lot going on.
For more information about the event and how to register for competitions and the QuakeCon at Home Twitch Team, head over to QuakeCon at Home’s website.
Jess is a writer and researcher who loves games with good puzzles, good stories, and a tendency to punch you straight in your feelings. She is one of the directors of not-for-profit organisation Queerly Represent Me and is particularly interested in games told from unique perspectives that highlight themes or characters from groups that are often underrepresented. She also just really loves coffee, hot chips, and terrible superhero TV shows, and is always secretly hoping that one day the world will give her a good Sherlock Holmes game.