When / Where / What is GEXCon?
August 31 – September 2
Friday* | 5PM – 10PM
Saturday | 10AM – Midnight
Sunday | 10AM – 6PM
*We are calling Friday our “Soft Open“. Over the years we couldn’t wait to open our doors and get the party started so we figured, “WHY NOT!” Come catch up with old friends, watch the start of the CS:GO match, check out our new layout & venue, and test out some of our areas. But please keep in mind some areas will still be getting that last minute TLC and may not be up and running.
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20151
A community driven convention that combines everything we love about the gaming and entertainment industry.
Can I re-enter the show if I leave?
Yes you can! Your admission allows exit and re-entry during show hours.
Is outside food allowed?
Please keep in mind that convention center rules state no outside food is permitted in the venue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
What games will be there?
The simple answer: LOADS
Our featured tournament is NSG’s Cougar $10,000 CS:GO D.C. Open. (Click Here to go to their page for more info)
In our Table Top Area we will have plenty of Dungeons & Dragon and tons of board games provided by Atlantis Games & Comics. More information about D&D will be out soon, trust me, it’s going to be EPIC ;).
In our F2P Tournaments Area (what we used to call our Battle Zone) we will have casual tournaments in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and more. We’ll be posting more games and details, including a schedule, soon. Sign ups will be done at the event before the start of the tournament.
In our Console Area we will have Super Smash Melee, Super Smash Wii U, Madden, and more.
Rocket League will be another featured game, as well as many arcade games.
If you can’t find anything interesting then come and join us in the BYOC area.
What is the difference with the F2P tournaments?
The main difference is the prizing layout. Things like FGC, RL, and CSGO tournaments all have a cash prize but require an additional fee to enter. F2P tournaments will have physical prizes: steam keys, t-shirts, headsets, etc. Another difference is that anyone that is at GEXCon can enter the F2P tournaments as they come with your ticket purchase.
I'm younger than 18, do I need a parental consent form?
Yes, click here to get the Parental Consent form. Print it.. get it signed… bring it with you… and you’re all set.
What about kids?
Children under the age of 8 can enter for free as long as they are accompanied by a paid adult at all times. Please understand that some cosplay might be considered “risqué” by some (but nothing more than you’d typically see at a local swimming pool).
It stands for, “Bring your own computer.” Many people call it a LAN, but LAN stands for Local Access Network, so I didn’t think it was right to use it.
What will I need to bring?
Computer / laptop, monitor, keyboard, headphones & mic / headset, mouse, ethernet cord, cables, and surge protector.
How much is it?
$70 and it includes the 3 Day Pass.
What about security?
We’ll have a security system in place where you check in and out your important items. Obviously we don’t want to give the full details on this so people can’t speculate how to beat it. The pipe & drape as well as table check in area will also help with keeping people that shouldn’t be in there out.
While we work very hard to maintain security, FIAD Entertainment Group, LLC assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items. We will have a LAN Waiver Form that must be signed prior to bringing in any equipment in the BYOC Area.
Is the area sectioned off or isolated from everyone else?
Hold up, can I bring my own chair?
Can I bring a cooler and snacks?
Unfortunately no, the venue doesn’t allow this. We know it is a common practice for LAN areas, but all food and beverage must be purchased from the Dulles Expo Center.
What is the difference between buying my ticket online versus at the door?
Can I get a refund?
Why am I being redirected to another website for the CS:GO ticket?
We are pleased to be hosting the NSG Cougar $10.000 CS:GO DC Open at GEXCon. This event will be run by N3rdStreet Gamers. All registrations and additional information is available on their site. Please visit N3rdstreetgamers for details.
Where can I sign up?
All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded.
No functioning projectile weapons – includes water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols.
Non-functioning prop guns must have an orange tip.
Do not brandish your weapon in a way that would suggest to someone that it is for anything other than dramatic effect.
Explosives, ammo or chemicals of any kind including, but not limited to, smoke powder, sparklers, and fireworks, are not permitted.
Don’t bring anything that would annoy another attendee (ex. A vuvuzela).
No live steel at all will be permitted on the premises.
No guns/projectiles of any kind will be permitted.
Do not bring real swords, guns or any other type of an authentic weapon.
Do not bring strung bows with high-tensile threads. Ensure it is kept loose and is incapable of firing.
Blades and arrows that are made of metal must have blunt edges/tips.
Do put away your props before leaving the convention to ensure law enforcement does not mistake it for a real weapon.
What are the prizes?
1. $20 – Best of Novice
2. $30 – Best of Journeyman
3. $40 – Best of Masters
4. $50 – Best in Show
All prizes are Amazon gift cards!
What will I be expected to fill out on the sign up sheet?
Your name, your cosplay name (optional), character’s name, character’s origin. You will also need to indicate if you are entering as Walk-on Only or Individual (Novice, Journeyman, or Masters). Please note if your costume is not made by you or is store-bought, you will want to register as Walk-on Only. Only costumes that have been made by the person wearing the cosplay and is at least 70% handmade can compete for Individual prizes.
Free 2 Play (F2P)
Will I need a special pass?
Is there going to be a long line?
How long will I have?
We’re giving everyone 1 hour to play whatever they wish. That means don’t try starting two ranked matches of League of Legends!!
What if I’m about to finish when my time is up? We’re all gamers, so we know what is close to being done and what isn’t. If you actually are almost finished, we’ll likely allow you to finish up, however if you started a second match and you’re not close or certain when it’s going to end we will kick you off.
What is I want to play for longer? If there is no one waiting, you can start another session. If you think you’ll want to play for hours and hours without worrying about getting a system – you might consider a BYOC pass and bringing your own computer. You still get to do all the other fun things at GEXCon but can come and go in the LAN area as much as you’d like and never have to wait.
What games are going to be on there?
Will I have to use my own account?
Travel & Lodging
What hotels have discounts for attendees?
We are excited to let all of our attendees know we have worked with Holiday Inn Chantilly and Fairfield Inn & Suites Dulles Airport Chantilly.
Holiday Inn Chantilly
4335 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA, 20151
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dulles Airport Chantilly
3960 Corsair Court, Chantilly, VA 20151
Please visit the tabs below for information regarding each hotel as well as how to reserve your rooms with the GEXCon discounted rates.
For complete details, contact the hotel directly.
How do I reserve with Holiday Inn Chantilly and get the GEXCon discount?
We are excited to let all of our attendees know we have worked with Holiday Inn Chantilly and they are giving everyone a discounted rate of $99 (+tax). This rate is available until July 29, 2018. After this date, rooms and rate cannot be guarantee and will be based on demand and availability.
How to Reserve:
- By calling 1-888-269-9583 or Directly with the hotel at 703-815-6060. Make sure to identify yourself as being with “GEXcon” Group Code “DR6” to ensure that they receive the special group rates.
- Click HERE and make sure to enter Group Code “DR6”
Room type is requested and every effort will be made to give you a room with the beds of your choice however, we cannot guarantee bed type.
Hotel is entirely non-smoking.
Check in time is 3:00pm and check out time is 12:00noon.
If you arrive earlier than 3:00pm, please call the hotel to see if rooms are ready.
The hotel provides complimentary airport shuttle service to and from Dulles Airport.
The shuttle pick up is located outside of the bottom level of the airport. You should use the exit ramp near baggage claim areas 2 & 3 and go to the lower level. Once you are exiting the airport cross over the taxi lane and you will see a covered wait area.
Please go to area 2H. Be sure to look for the shuttle with the hotel phone number of 703-815-6060 or our new shuttle with the big “H” logo. Just make sure the van says Holiday Inn Chantilly Dulles Expo and 703-815-6060.
Our shuttle runs every 30 minutes by request from the airport.
Please call the hotel front desk at 703-815-6060 once you have collected your bags. www.ihgrewards.com Go to member benefits to earn points for your stay. Points can be redeemed at any Intercontinental Hotels brand property and can even be used at other brands.
Should you need to cancel this reservation, you must do so 24 hours prior to the day of arrival before 6:00PM to avoid any charges.
How do I reserve with Fairfield Inn & Suites Dulles Airport Chantilly and get the GEXCon discount?
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dulles Airport Chantilly
- Free High Speed Internet
- Free breakfast
- Fitness Center
- Complimentary on-site parking
- Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary only for Dulles International Airport (IAD)
DISCOUNT ENDS: 8/9/2018.
Hotel will continue to accept reservations from Group’s attendees after that date at the prevailing room rate, subject to availability.
Which airport should I fly to?
The convention center is accessible by Dulles International (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA) airports. Dulles International is the closest and many of the hotels have free shuttles.