ZeniMax Media‘s QuakeCon is returning as a physical event this year to Grapevine, Texas for the first time since 2019. The event will run from August 10 through August 13 and feature an upgraded bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party event for “four days of around-the-clock gaming.”
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QuakeCon is a yearly showcase event held by ZeniMax to celebrate its subsidiary id Software’s franchises as well as IPs from its other studios. The event, traditionally held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, has only been conducted in a digital format for the last three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the event will once again a physical presence this year at the Gaylord Texan venue, the BYOC LAN party QuakeCon is famous for is also returning as an upgraded, continuous activity throughout the course of the event.
From Marty Stratton, id Software’s Studio Head:
QuakeCon is our favorite event of the year, and we can’t wait to finally see our incredible QuakeCon community in-person again, celebrate games, and frag all weekend with thousands of friends. For our first year back, QuakeCon 2023 is focusing on the fan favorite BYOC and the players that made QuakeCon the best gaming gathering for more than 25 years.
The event will also feature additional celebratory and socializing activities and be streamed digitally on Twitch for those unable to make it to the event in-person. Tabletop activities, BYOC community events, and QuakeCon Finals Party (for the Quake World Championships finale) will all be featuring at the event. Notably, QuakeCon 2023 will be a ticketed-only event (meaning pre-registration is mandatory for attendance) with no General Admission or exhibit hall this year.
While registration is not open yet, the ticket tiers and prices have been detailed as follows:
Tuesday, April 11 – NEW BYOC Elite Drawing Opens!
Elite BYOC Drawing – Introducing the New Elite BYOC Ticket, formally known as the UAC ticket. Enter for a chance to secure one (1) of these coveted ultra-premium tickets. If selected, you will have the opportunity to purchase the ticket and unlock all the perks, exclusive swag, and priority privileges of this top tier ticket.
Friday, April 21 – Full BYOC Premium and Standard Registration Opens
BYOC Premium & Standard Tickets – Premium packages (formerly QDQ) and Standard BYOC tickets include access to the BYOC, Tabletop Village, BYOC community events, and the Finals Party.
BYOC Guest Pass – Traveling with family or friends? This year we are focusing on the BYOC, therefore there will not be traditional General Admission tickets. If you plan to purchase a BYOC ticket, you will be allowed to bring up to two guests to the event with you, but you must add a request when you purchase your ticket(s).
Wednesday, May 10 – Quake Pro League Spectator Registration Opens
Quake Pro League Spectator Only Ticket – Not planning to LAN in the BYOC? This ticket allows access to watch the Quake Pro League (QPL) Tournament live! Access will be limited to the QPL tournament only.
While ZeniMax and id Software have made no mention of fresh game or content announcements at this year’s QuakeCon, new games and DLC have regularly been announced at the event in previous years, such as the Fallout 76 “Expeditions: The Pitt” update last year. Stay tuned here at MP1st for the full QuakeCon 2023 schedule and other details closer to the event dates.