QuakeCon 2018 Dates Announced, BYOC Doubled with Extended Hours

QuakeCon 2018 is going to be fabulous!


QuakeCon is one of our favorite events of the year at Shacknews and it is coming back to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on August 9-12. The biggest news from the official QuakeCon 2018 blog announcement is that the BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) area will have twice the capacity as last year. Adding to this wonderful news, there will also be extended hours for the show. This will likely mean that BYOC attendees won't have to wait in line early in the morning with all of their gear. We are also expecting to hear some news about the sequel to our Shacknews Game of the Year 2016: Doom.

Here is all of the info from the official QuakeCon 2018 press release:


QuakeCon® will return to the prestigious Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in 2018, inviting thousands of gamers worldwide to participate in the annual four-day video game festival featuring North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party. Founded in 1996, QuakeCon has grown to be one of the most distinguished festivals in gaming, with over 9,000 game enthusiasts from around the globe attending in 2017. This year’s event will feature a number of exciting changes, including the reintroduction of panels and presentations along with three days of exhibits in the QuakeCon 2018 expo hall, which for the first time, will be open Friday - Sunday. QuakeCon 2018 is open to the public and attendance is FREE thanks to the support of id® Software, Bethesda Softworks®, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and the 2018 event sponsors and exhibitors.


QuakeCon will take place from Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12, 2018.


Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center

1501 Gaylord Trail

Grapevine, TX 76051

Guests can make room reservations at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center by calling 1-817-778-2000 or going online to: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49568787. A special room rate of $185 per night is available when you reference QuakeCon 2018!


Entering its 23rd year, QuakeCon 2018 will celebrate games and the people who play them by hosting North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party. This year’s BYOC will be doubling in size from QuakeCon 2017, so even more participants can showcase their custom computers and join the QuakeCon community to play their favorite games either solo or against one another on the same local area network.

QuakeCon is free for general attendees and open to the public. This year’s event will offer diverse activities for all, including those who choose not to bring their own computer. Attendees are some of the first to see sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming titles and announcements, while also attending a wide array of panels, presentations, tournaments, workshops and exhibits from leading tech companies showcasing the newest gaming accessories and hardware.

QuakeCon welcomes exhibitors and sponsors to showcase their games, hardware and services. For more information on how to get involved, please email sponsor@quakecon.org or visit www.quakecon.org/sponsorsandexhibitors.

For more information on QuakeCon 2018, visit www.quakecon.org.

BYOC spot sales will go live in April, and we will keep all of our readers posted about all QuakeCon 2018 news and happenings leading up to August 9. In case you missed it, check out Sorry, Wired. You don't know a thing about QuakeCon.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    February 13, 2018 9:30 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, QuakeCon 2018 Dates Announced, BYOC Doubled with Extended Hours

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      February 13, 2018 10:51 AM

      I hope I can get Killcreek & Thresh to autograph my mousepad.

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      February 13, 2018 10:55 AM

      Does Lordlobo still have a lifetime ban?

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      February 13, 2018 11:27 AM

      Its so weird they still have the BYOC. I like it but it's kind of pointless lol

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        February 13, 2018 12:20 PM

        You have no idea what your are talking about. It is the best part of QuakeCon, IMO.

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          February 13, 2018 12:47 PM

          It's true that the original goal of a lot of LAN parties was to overcome the lag involved in internet connections, especially if you were on dial-up (the good old days of HPB and LPB) and a combination of the fact that Internet connections are wicked fast, LAN options are sometimes not even available in some games, and last I checked the way they have the NOC set up you still have to play over the Internet even at QuakeCon, the original technical goal has vastly diminished.

          But the social aspect of the event is the main appeal now and that's as big as ever.

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      February 13, 2018 11:55 AM


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        February 13, 2018 12:21 PM

        The last day it closes super early in the morning. They are extending that.

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          February 13, 2018 12:34 PM

          I miss quakecon. I went three years in a row back in 2004. I *still* wear the t-shirts I got from that event. I don't have a rig that I could even take now.

          Hmm.. What do people who fly in show up with now-a-days? Laptops?

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            February 13, 2018 12:43 PM

            There's a decent number of laptops but there's still tons of people with their custom built systems. By its nature the event tends to attract the kinds of people who are still system builders.

            To say nothing of the fact that a desktop tower is harder to steal. I think it was dnagenome that one year whose laptop got ripped off. I mean you can use those Kensington locks if your computer supports it but yeah, it's mostly still desktops.

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      February 13, 2018 12:54 PM


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      February 13, 2018 10:47 PM

      I always wanted to go to QuakeCon.

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      February 13, 2018 10:54 PM

      Will there be a shacker contingent? I haven't been since 2007, but I'd seriously consider going if there will be a good crowd. Flights don't look too bad

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