With QuakeCon’s doors officially opening on Thursday morning, Bethesda has officially given out the full schedule and list of events that have been planned for the course of this weekend including the QuakeCon reveal of DOOM Eternal’s first gameplay footage.
For attendee’s looking to head to Bethesda’s annual QuakeCon event featuring one of the largest BYOC’s to date. With expanded hours, expanded events, and massive tournaments, fans from around the world are preparing to see some of the best Bethesda has to show starting tomorrow morning. But what, when and where can you expect all of this to happen at?
First up, for those who are unknowing to the exact dates and location can attend QuakeCon 2018 in Grapevine, TX, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. But before we get to the juicy stuff, Bethesda has outlined a few major notes that you need to know.
First off, the annual QuakeCon Keynote is back and will feature gameplay of the highly anticipated DOOM Eternal, an expanded look at RAGE 2, and even breaking news for already established titles such as Quake Champions among select others. Bethesda has revealed that the Keynote will begin at 11am CST this Friday.
On Saturday at 11am CST, Bethesda will be conducting a Fallout 76 Panel and Fan Q&A ahead of its Nov. 14, 2018, launch. During the panel, Todd Howard and others from Bethesda Game Studios will give a more thorough look at their upcoming game by showing off more about the character system and Perks coming to the game. The closing of the panel will be finished out with a live Q&A session where fans can ask any questions they may have regarding the upcoming game and even voice their concerns.
Those at home and unable to attend the free-to-the-public event can tune in via the official Bethesda streaming channels on Mixer or Twitch.tv. Alongside the panels and keynote address, Bethesda has revealed that both of their esports tournaments for Quake Champions and The Elder Scrolls: Legends will be hosted live on Thursday and Friday and can be found on their respected Twitch.tv channels:
For those looking to attend the event, QuakeCon is free for general attendees. If you are looking to pre-register for the event, you will need to register here: QuakeCon Registration.
Here’s a look at the official schedule as provided to us by Bethesda:
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURED PANELS (all times listed in Central)
Thursday, August 9:
1:00–9:00 pm — The Elder Scrolls: Legends Masters Series Tournament
Friday, August 10:
All Day — The Elder Scrolls: Legends Masters Series Tournament
All Day — The American Red Cross Blood Drive
11:00am — QuakeCon 2018 Keynote
During the Keynote Address, Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin will reveal DOOM Eternal gameplay for the first time, and there will be additional updates for titles like Quake Champions, The Elder Scrolls Online, and more.
1:00pm — Quake Champions QuakeCon Open 2v2 Matches Begin
2:30pm — Panel: So, You Want to be a Bethesda Streamer
Meet with Bethesda’s Influencer Manager, Community Team, and streamers to learn how to get started streaming with Bethesda games.
3:30pm — Panel: The Who and How of QuakeCon
Meet the QuakeCon team and learn how this amazing event comes together every year.
4:30pm — Panel: Keeping it Cool with Modders, Inc
Learn how to make an amazing PC case while keeping it cool with a water cooling system.
4:30pm — Panel: Don’t Mess With Tech-Xas (Everything is Bigger)
Meet developers from Zenimax’s Texas studios, learn how to get into the industry, and have some Texas fun!
5:45pm — The Elder Scrolls: Legends Masters Series Finals
6:30pm — Friday Night Magic Tournament
8:00pm — Master Pancake Theater
Saturday, August 11:
All Day — Quake Champions QuakeCon Open 2v2 Matches
All Day — The American Red Cross Blood Drive
10:00am — Community Managers and Coffee
Meet Bethesda’s community managers for coffee and chat about ideas, initiatives and more.
11:00am — Fallout 76 and Fan Q&A
Todd Howard and others from Bethesda Game Studios will host a panel and Q&A revealing more information about Fallout 76.
12:00pm — Panel: Talk Saves Lives
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention teaches how to recognize risk factors and warning signs for suicide and how to have honest conversations to help someone who may be at risk or in crisis.
12:00pm — Panel: Quake Academy
An introduction to Quake Champions for new players with the community team and veterans offering tips, tricks and strategies to get good fast.
1:00pm — DOOM Eternal and RAGE 2 Encore
An encore presentation of DOOM Eternal and RAGE 2 content from the Keynote address; if you missed it on Friday, come see it live on Saturday!
2:00pm — Panel: 40 Years of Gaming
An open discussion on the good, bad and amazing achievements in gaming in the last 40 years.
2:30pm — Panel: DOOM Eternal with id Software
Join id Software for a deeper look and discussion of DOOM Eternal.
3:00pm — Panel: Defining Mooncrash – How Arkane Invented a New Genre
Arkane Studios will discuss inventing a new genre with Prey: Mooncrash and provide insight into the upcoming Typhon Hunter DLC.
3:30pm — Panel: Cupcake Champions
A delicious and nutritious twist on Quake Champions’ Duel format. With CUPCAKES!
4:15pm — Quake Champions QuakeCon Collegiate 2v2 Finals
5:00pm — Panel: RAGE 2 – Double Your Pleasure: Doubling Down to Make a Kickass Sequel
Join id Software and Avalanche Studios for a look at characters, factions and the world of RAGE 2.
5:30pm — Quake Champions QuakeCon Open 2v2 Finals
8:00pm — QuakeCon Community Block Party
Sunday, August 12:
All Day — Quake Champions QuakeCon Open 1v1 Duel Showdown
4:30pm — Quake Champions QuakeCon 1v1 Finals
QUAKECON 2018 EXHIBIT HALL
The Exhibit Hall will also feature a variety of vendors, sponsors and non-profits. A full list of events, activities and participants can be found below.
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday, August 10th: 10am – 6pm CT
Saturday, August 11th: 10am – 6pm CT
Sunday, August 12th: 10am – 5pm CT
For the second year, the Bethesda booth will feature a QuakeCon Passport Program where playing games, including RAGE 2, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Quake Champions, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Elder Scrolls: Legends and more, can lead to fantastic prizes. To receive a daily entry ticket, visitors can either complete demos or simply stop by the Bethesda booth and show that you have The Elder Scrolls: Legends downloaded on your phone or tablet.
Events & Activities:
Hotseat – Attendees play games with randomly selected objectives for fun and prizes.
Best Sign in the BYOC – We know our attendees can get pretty creative with their clan signs, so we’ve set up a little contest to award them!
Quake Blind – Watch attendees that can’t see what they’re doing stumble it out in a fierce battle of blind will. Partners go head to head in a free-for-all competition. One person is the eyes, the other controls the character blindfolded.
Dirty Keyboard Contest – If you haven’t been to a QuakeCon Dirty Keyboard contest recently then this should be one of those bucket list style items. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to laugh and as your favorite QuakeCon celebrities pore over the nastiest keyboards they’ve ever seen in their entire lives.
Pick Your Pony – Like watching eSports? Meet us at the Pick Your Pony station near the eSports mainstage to pick your “horse”. If your choice is right you’ll walk away with a cool prize!
BAWLS Chugging – Work hard and train hard for this one. This year five-time BAWLS Chugging Champion KenCo12 looks to reclaim his belt from two-time and current reigning champion, Dirty Taco. Or will a new champion emerge and capture the crown?? All you gotta do is pop that cap, and chug that BAWLS.
EXHIBITORS AND SPONSORS:
Attic Space Games
Fantasy Flight Games
More Fun Comics & Games
New Blood Interactive
Pecos Pete’s Soda
Performance PCs Inc
State Farm Insurance
TOYNK TOYS LLC
The American Red Cross
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
1Up On Cancer
Dallas Pets Alive
Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of the event when it gets underway as we will be reporting live from Grapevine, TX.
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