Also: Dan & Terry Diebold will show off the Nintendo PlayStation!
TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#GameFestival—VisitTulsa
and the George Kaiser Family Foundation are pleased to announce that
Boss Key Productions’ Tramell Isaac and thatgamecompany’s Jacky Ke Jiang
will keynote the first ever XPO
Game Festival, which will be held Sept.
23 – 25 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Festival
attendees can hear these two industry icons share how they got started
in the business and what gives them inspiration — along with some
industry “war stories,” of course:
Tramell Isaac (Boss Key Productions)
Tramell’s credits include the PlanetSide series, Neverwinter
Nights 2, the legendary RPG Fallout (he even helped design
Vault Boy!), and Boss Key’s highly anticipated multiplayer shooter Lawbreakers.
Tramell brings with him years of high-profile game development
Jacky Ke Jiang (thatgamecompany)
Jiang comes from a diverse artistic background featuring games, movies,
and advertising. Some of his career highlights include:
thatgamecompany’s Journey, Disney films Frozen and Wreck-It
Ralph, the Paperman animated short, and a currently
unannounced title from thatgamecompany.
Isaac and Jiang join a star-studded list of industry professionals who
will be speaking at XPO, including: Susan Arendt (GamesRadar), Candace
Brenner (Daybreak Game Company), Nick Chester (Epic Games), The Coster
Brothers (Butterscotch Shenanigans), Charles Cox (4Gency), Jake Baldino
(Lead Producer/Host, Gameranx), Craig Kaufman and Steve Spohn (The
AbleGamers Charity), Richard Mitchell (XPO, Joystiq), Monika Lee
(Blizzard), Chris Rickwood (Rickwood Music), Paul Yoskowitz (WinterLeaf
Entertainment), noted game journalist Robert Workman, and many more.
Dan and Terry Diebold will be showing off the mythical Nintendo
PlayStation — the product of a failed partnership between Nintendo and
Sony that’s considered by many to be the “holy grail” of retro gaming.
The father and son duo will be showcasing the console throughout the
convention and will also host a panel discussion where they’ll share the
story behind the discovery. If you’re a fan of retro games, this is
something you won’t want to miss!
Those interested in registering for XPO Game Festival, can do so on the official
website. Day Passes are available for $35 and Party Passes are
available for $10/night, or $25 for all three nights. Weekend Passes are
available for $65; however, the price will increase to $75 after Sept.
1. Weekend passes grant access to XPO Game Festival and all of its
attractions for the whole weekend — including the kick-off party on
Thursday, Sept. 22.
“We’re thrilled with the warm reception we’ve been getting from the
gaming community. It goes to show that there’s a huge demand for events
like XPO Game Festival in the Heartland,” says Ray Hoyt, President of
VisitTulsa and Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture. “I’m honored to
have such talented gaming legends come speak at XPO. Hearing their
stories and learning from each speaker first-hand will be quite a thrill
for both our guests and XPO Game Festival organizers.”
XPO Game Festival is the first ever full-scale game festival to be
hosted in America’s Heartland. Featuring a retro lounge, Indie Alley,
panel speakers, tabletop games, film screenings, LAN party areas, a
laser tag arena, concerts, and after-parties, there’s something to do
XPO Game Festival At-a-Glance
Friday & Saturday, September 16-17th
- 9:00pm: Pre-event film screening at Circle Cinema in Tulsa
Thursday, September 22nd
- Kickoff Party featuring Brentalfloss
Friday & Saturday, September 23-24th
- After parties with live music in downtown Tulsa
- Live music throughout the festival, featuring Bit Brigade and Mega Ran
- Virtual Reality setups including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
$10k Rocket League Tournament produced by LegionBattles in
conjunction with XPO
- Fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype on display
room presented by Escape Tulsa
- Retro lounge packed with vintage arcade games and consoles
- Laser Tag Arena
- Console tournament with thousands of dollars in prizes
- Cosplay contest and nationally recognized cosplay guests
- Indie Alley featuring intra and international indie developers
- LAN Party areas
Saturday, September 24th
12:00pm: Tabletop game tournaments presented by Alien Games —
including a Magic the Gathering pre-release
Day Passes are available for $35 and feature full access to XPO,
including the virtual reality showcase, Indie Alley showcase, retro
lounge, tabletop gaming, fighting games, Magic the Gathering
tournaments, panels, and the expo floor. In addition, attendees will
also get access to that day’s concert and afterparty in downtown Tulsa.
Weekend Passes are available for $65 until Thursday, September 1st.
After the 1st, the price will increase to $75. Weekend passes grant
access to the XPO Game Festival and all of its attractions for the whole
weekend. In addition, attendees will get access to the kickoff party on
Thursday, September 22nd.
Party Passes are available for $10/night or $25 for all three nights.
These passes grant you access to each day’s afterparty in downtown Tulsa.
Buy tickets here: https://xpotulsa.eventbrite.com
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About XPO Game Festival
Presented by VisitTulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, XPO is
a festival for gamers, fans, developers and game industry leaders. Join
thousands of other gamers in Tulsa for a packed expo floor, panels and
speakers, and a first look at new gaming technology. Other highlights
include an independent game showcase, exclusive after parties with live
music, tabletop games, cosplay contests, a retro gaming lounge, and
general game badassery. For more information on XPO, please visit http://xpotulsa.com.
VisitTulsa, a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, is dedicated to
promoting the Tulsa region as a premier destination for global leisure
travel and convention business. VisitTulsa partners with area hotels,
attractions and restaurants, leading a united effort to draw visitors to
the region and grow the economic impact of the tourism industry. For
more information on VisitTulsa, please visit http://visittulsa.com.
Novy PR for VisitTulsa