Gaming & Interactive Events

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+ The Georgia Game Developers Association • Meetings occur throughout the year • Georgia
Representing those people involved in producing games in Georgia, the GGDA focuses on professional development, public affairs, educational opportunities and ensuring that both the state and the industry benefit from this rapidly growing industry. (ggda.org)
+ Hi-Rez Expo (HRX) • January 5-8, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
Hi-Rez Studios announced that Twitch Prime will be the title sponsor for their upcoming annual event Hi-Rez Expo (HRX). HRX features live competitive gaming for all of the latest Hi-Rez Studios games such as the SMITE World Championship and the Paladins Invitational. Both tournaments feature the best players from around the world and Twitch Prime members watching live or from home will receive a variety of exclusive benefits.

“We have a long history of working with Twitch to enhance our player experience both in game and out of game,” said Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez Studios. “This will be our first year combining two of our major tournaments into one event, and we couldn’t think of a better partner to help us bring Hi-Rez Expo to fans, gamers, and esports enthusiasts across the world.”

Hi-Rez Studios previously partnered with Twitch Prime to bring gamers the exclusive Twitch Boss Ymir Skin in SMITE and the exclusive Twitch Bomb King Weapon Skin in Paladins. Additional Twitch Prime exclusive content for SMITE will be revealed in the days leading up to HRX.

HRX takes place at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia on January 5th-8th and all four days of SMITE and Paladins esports will be broadcast live on Twitch. For more information on HRX visit www.hirezexpo.com, and to sign up for your free Twitch Prime trial visit twitch.amazon.com/prime.

Twitch Prime is a new set of Amazon Prime benefits created for gamers and users of Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. It features a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot, a premium experience on Twitch that includes ad-free viewing, and a free Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, plus discounts on pre-order and new-release physical games on Amazon. Gamers and Twitch fans can get all the benefits of Twitch Prime by starting an Amazon Prime free 30-day trial, and Amazon Prime members can unlock their Twitch Prime benefits by linking their Prime accounts to Twitch, all at www.twitchprime.com.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States. Its games include the squad-based shooter Global Agenda, the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend and SMITE, the Battleground of the Gods. Hi-Rez Studios’ latest games include Jetpack Fighter, a swipe-to-attack high speed platformer for mobile devices, Paladins a fantasy FPS with progression using collectible cards which is currently in Beta, and the recently announced turn based strategy game SMITE Tactics. www.HiRezStudios.com.

Media Contact: press@hirezstudios.com

(www.hirezexpo.com)

+ ELEAGUE Major • January 22-29, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
The next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championship hosted in partnership by Turner and WME | IMG (www.eleague.com)
+ AniBlaze Anime and Fan Convention 2017 • March 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
 AniBlaze Anime and Fan convention celebrates anime. (aniblaze.com)
+ Georgia Technology Summit • March 17, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
Reinforces the significance of innovation and recognizes leaders in technology (www.tagonline.org/events/georgia-technology-summit)
+ FINAL ROUND 20 • March 17, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
Final Round is one of the most celebrated events on the major circuit in the FGC. This event has been in existence since 1997, and next year will be its 20th anniversary of bringing the FGC together in the south. (https://smash.gg/tournament/final-round-20)
+ Taiga Con • April 2016 dates pending • Atlanta, Georgia
Taiga Con is a brand-new 3 day anime convention full of cosplay, special guests, events, etc. (taigacon.com)
+ Creative South • April 6-9, 2017 • Columbus, Georgia
Creative South is a design conference that exposes “creative and marketing professionals, business people, students, and the community to key speakers on the subject of branding and design in the digital era.” (creativesouthga.com)
+ Street Fighter V Invitational •  April 7-May 26, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
The ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Regular Season will be held on Fridays beginning Friday, April 7, and lasting through Friday, May 12. Tickets are available to the general public for Friday night’s matches. Specific matchups are noted on the ticket reservation page.

Playoffs will begin on Friday, May 26, concluding with the ELEAGUE Grand Final. (eleague.com/tickets)

+ Digital Summit Atlanta • May 23-24, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia 
Digital Summit Atlanta is the region’s digital marketing gathering focusing on content marketing, social innovation, startups, digital strategies, analytics, emerging technologies and digital trends. (digitalsummit.com)
+ MomoCon Anime and Gaming Convention •  May 25-28, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
MomoCon is one of the fastest growing family-friendly conventions in the entire country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation and Video Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming, browsing the exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows and games, and much more over this 3-day event. (momocon.com)
+ indieMEGASHOW •  July 15, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
Indie MEGABOOTH presents… MEGASHOW: Games. Music. Art. – a new traveling event series dedicated to creative indie communities with a special emphasis on local talent and discovery. ATL is the first stop and the indie MEGASHOW is the type of event where there’s SOMETHING for EVERYONE! The MEGASHOW will feature local talent such as musicians, visual artists and videogame developers!

In partnership with Sony PlayStation and Atlanta-based Adult Swim Games, the first MEGASHOW is kicking off at Tabernacle in Atlanta on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Some additional info that the event organizers have announced thus far:

  • Adult Swim Games MEGASHOW Showcase
    • Battle Chef Brigade, DESYNC, Duck Game, Kingsway, Rain World, Rise & Shine, Small Radios Big Televisions, and WASTED: A Post-Apocalyptic Pub Crawler
  • VR Demo Showcase
    • Chocolate by Tyler Hurd/Viacom NEXT – A psychedelic music video for the song Chocolate by Giraffage starring lots of sparkles and lots of cats.
    • Chroma Lab by Sean Tann – An interactive particle physics sandbox game. A joyful explosion of light and colour. Like playing with thousands of multicolour bubbles.
    • Space Pirate Trainer by I-Illusions – Space Pirate Trainer is the “official trainer” for wannabe space pirates. Pick up your blasters, put on your sneakers, and dance your way into the Space Pirate Trainer hall of fame.
    • Tilt Brush by Google – Paint life-size three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Experience painting as you have never before.
  • 13 Additional Playable Games with a bunch being created by local Atlanta-based Developers (hooray ATL indies!) megashow.indiemegabooth.com
  • Day Stage Show Stuffs:
    • Game Stage Demos + Tournaments: Brawlhalla, Crypto the Necrodancer, Divekick & Tilt Brush
  • Night Stage Show Stuffs: Music!

+ DreamHack • July 21-23, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
DreamHack is the world’s largest computer festival, providing a live platform for fans of eSports, digital creatives music acts, game developers and cosplay. DreamHack Atlanta is the second of three cities on the premiere U.S. tour. Click here for more information and to register: https://atlanta.dreamhack.com/17/tickets/
+ SMITE Epsilon Invitational Tournament• August 13-14, 2016 • Alpharetta, Georgia
The SMITE Epsilon Invitational tournament will be taking place this weekend August 13th-14th at our esports arena in Alpharetta. This tournament is a result of team Epsilon (now known as Panthera) winning the 2016 SMITE World Championship and getting their own costume for one of our in game characters “EpSOLon Sol”.
Sol_CardFor every sale of the costume $1 was contributed to the Epsilon Invitational prizepool and a total of $26,247 was raised. The four best SMITE teams from North America and Europe will be participating in this LAN and we will be streaming it live from the HiRezTV Twitch Channel.


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SMITE Console League Summer Finals  August 20-21, 2016 • Alpharetta, Georgia
TEAMS

North America:

  • Most Wanted
  • Team Eager

Europe:

  • Retribution
  • Team Rival

PRIZE POOL:

1st Place: $13,000.00
2nd Place: $6,500.00
3rd Place: $3,250.00
4th Place: $3,250.00

Total: $26,000.00

SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 20th (2 game sets)

  1. Match 1: Retribution vs. Team Rival – 11:00am EDT
  2. Match 2: Most Wanted vs. Team Eager – 12:30pm EDT
  3. Match 3: Most Wanted vs. Team Rival – 2:00pm EDT
  4. Match 4: Team Eager vs. Team Rival – 3:30pm EDT
  5. Match 5: Team Eager vs. Retribution – 5:00pm EDT
  6. Match 6: Most Wanted vs. Retribution – 6:30pm EDT

Sunday, August 21st

  1. Finals (Best of 5) – 1:00pm EDT

Event will broadcast it live from the HiRezTV Twitch Channel

 

+ Dragon Con 2017 • September 1-4, 2017 • Atlanta, GA
The largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film in the world. (www.dragoncon.org)
+ Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) 2017 • Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2017 • Atlanta, GA
The largest anime convention in the Southeast. (awa-con.com)
+ SuperNova South • October 2-6, 2017 • Atlanta, Georgia
The Southeast’s largest and longest-running tech conference. (supernovasouth.org)
+ SIEGE • Oct. 7-9, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia
The largest professional game development conference in the South. (siegecon.net)
+ FutureX Live • Oct. 27, 2016 • Atlanta, GA
Explore the promise and potential of VR and AR at the largest alternate realtities summit in the Southeast. (moxieusa.com/futurexlive)
+ Walker Stalker Con Atlanta 2016 • Oct. 28-30, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia
Opportunity for fans of The Walking Dead to meet the actors and become part of a larger community. (walkerstalkercon.com/atlanta)
+ Mobility LIVE 2016 • Nov. 1-2, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia
Mobility LIVE! brings together key thought leaders and decision makers in the areas of mobile technology standards, strategies and innovations. (mobilitylive.org)
+ Venture Atlanta 2016 • Nov. 2-3, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia
The premier investor conference in the Southeast. (ventureatlanta.org)
+ ELEAGUE Season Two Semifinals • Dec. 2, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia
The professional eSports organization established by Turner and WME | IMG. Semifinals Friday at 5PM. All events at Turner Studios.www.eleague.com/eleague-schedule
+ Geekend 2017 • January 27-28, 2017 • Savannah, GA
Entrepreneurs, designers, developers, marketers and other creatives meet to share and discuss cutting edge developments and exciting solutions. (www.geek-end.com)

 

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  • Georgia’s in a prime position to showcase leading virtual reality capabilities and compete both nationally and internationally. Our tech and creative communities in the state are inherently driven and focused on innovating. VR is a new, fertile ground to do just that – invent new VR and AR experiences and solutions that will transform our realities, both in the real world and in the virtual world.
    Chad Eikhoff, Founder, TRICK 3D
  • Show me another major U.S. city that has quick access to a large number of highly talented, creative people and a 30% tax break.
    Matt Thompson, Floyd County Productions
  • We were looking to expand to a place where we could do digital animation economically... We found that the Georgia incentives, combined with the OTJ (On-the-Job) training incentive, plus the local pool of creative talent, made Atlanta the right place.
    Brett Coker, COO, Bento Box Entertainment
  • I couldn't imagine building my mobile gaming studio anywhere other than Georgia. It has everything you could want - top tier colleges to recruit great talent, a bustling city and international airport, a thriving entertainment industry and it’s a fantastic community for me and my team to raise our families.
    Jeff Hilimire, CEO, Dragon Army
  • The state's commitment to supporting companies working in new areas such as Augmented Reality has enabled us transition our experience into the marketplace, through students and startups, and will help Georgia become recognized as a leader in this area.
    Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology Augmented Environments Lab
  • The state's entertainment incentives have supported our efforts to build an exceptional, Georgia-grown game development studio. We have relocated over a dozen experienced game industry professionals to Georgia and put them in mentoring positions with talented new graduates.
    Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios

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