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General Information

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 Premier Tournaments  are NSG’s Cougar $10,000 CS:GO D.C. Open, Madden NFL 19 MCS Northeast Qualifier, and $1,000 Prize Pool for Rocket League!

In our Table Top Area we will have plenty of Dungeons & Dragon , Pathfinder, Starfinder, Yu-Gi-Oh and tons of board games provided by Atlantis Games & Comics and Island Games.

In our F2P Tournaments Area (what we used to call our Battle Zone) we will have casual tournaments in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Fortnite, Dota 2, Quake Champions, and Paladins. Visit our Schedule for times. 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.

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).

BYOC

BYOC?

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?

The BYOC area will be in the main hall but there will be some short pipe & drape to section off the area, which will help with security.

Hold up, can I bring my own chair?

I mean, if you want to, sure. We certainly don’t have an issue with it unless it becomes bothersome to others around you. That pretty much goes for most things though.

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.

Ticket Information

What is the difference between buying my ticket online versus at the door?

There will be an additional $5 cost at the door. Also, the line to check in is shorter than waiting in line to buy a ticket.

Can I get a refund?

Tickets are fully refundable up until June 15, 2018. After that date, tickets are non-refundable.

Why am I being redirected to another website for the CS:GO and Madden ticket?

We are pleased to be hosting the NSG Cougar $10.000 CS:GO DC Open and the Madden Championship Series Qualifier at GEXCon. These events will be run by N3rdStreet Gamers. All registrations and additional information is available on their site. Please visit N3rdstreetgamers for details.

Cosplay

Where can I sign up?

We will have sign up sheets at the Cosplay Prop Check on the day of the contest (Saturday).

General Rules

Live Steel of any kind is not allowed. This means no blades, arrows, martial arts weapons, shurikens ETC.
Metal armour such as chainmail, scale, and rolled edges can be acceptable. No sharp points or spikes.
No Functioning prop guns must have an orange tip.
No Functioning projectile weapons will be allowed. This includes air soft, nerf, water pistols, silly string guns etc.
For all armour and weapons you must go thru prop check.
Do not brandish your weapon in a way that would suggest to someone that it is anything other than dramatic affect
Explosives, ammo, and chemicals of any kind including but not limited to, smoke powder, sparklers, and fireworks, are not permitted.
Do not bring anything that would annoy another attendee. (I.E Vuvuvela)
No guns/projectiles of any kind will be permitted.
Do not bring real swords, guns, knives or any other type of authentic weapon.
Do not keep bows strung with high-tensile threads. Ensure they are kept loose and are incapable of firing.
Put away all props before leaving the convention center to ensure that 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?

Hard no. All you need is a pass to GEXCon 2018, any of them will work. Would this area be called F2P if you needed to pay extra to get in?

Is there going to be a long line?

Maybe. I worked at PAX East and sometimes there was a line that took around 45 minutes to get through and other times we let people hang out on the PCs over the allotted time because there was no line. I expect it to be fairly similar at GEXCon, sometimes there might be a crazy line, other times, not so much.

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?

We’ll have plenty of games loaded onto the PCs. I’m not going to bother typing out a full list because it would take up too much space. When you get onto the PCs feel free to check through the different launchers on the desktop and see what’s installed.

Will I have to use my own account?

Yes. We don’t have the resources to pull together a massive steam library and special steam accounts for people to specifically play on.

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  GREAT NEWS! Discount rates have been extended to August 19, 2018After this date, rooms and rate cannot be guarantee and will be based on demand and availability. How to Reserve:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. Click HERE for GEXCon discounted room rates.

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.

Contact Us

GEXCon 2018 | August 31 – September 2
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20151

Brought to you by:
FIAD Entertainment Group, LLC
1120 International Pkwy, Suite 109
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Phone: 540.369.3144

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