A Little Background
Game On Expo is a multimedia gaming convention that began in August 2015, and is the largest gaming convention in Arizona. It covers all types of gaming from video games and arcades to board games and tabletop games. The expo boasts a large vendor hall, video game lounge area, free-play arcades, tournaments (both video and card games), cosplay contests, panels, and a variety of special guests.
The Game On Expo is also host of the annual event “Retro World Championships.” This event is organized by Dorion Whitlock (Nintendo PowerFest ’94 finalist), Mike Iarossi (Nintendo PowerFest champion, Chris Tang (Sega’s Rock the Rock champion), and Thor Aackerlund (original Nintendo World Championships champion.) The Retro World Championships is sponsored by RetroUSB who provides a limited edition special Game On Expo edition cart as the main prize.
In 2016 the Game On Expo expanded to the Marriott Hotel adjacent to the Mesa Convention Center. It introduced live music for the first time, and video game voice actors, including Steve Downes, Jen Taylor, and Darin De Paul.
In 2017 the Game On Expo expanded and moved to the Phoenix Convention Center. During that year the Game On Expo featured a Mortal Kombat 25th Anniversary reunion featuring Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion), John Parrish (Jax), Lia Montelongo (Sindel, Sareena, Tayna), Brian Glynn (Shao Kahn), Kerri Ann Hoskins (Sonya Blade), and Dr. Phillip Ahn (Shang Tsung). It also featured a significantly larger vendor hall, free-play arcade, and had voice actors from games including: Overwatch, The Walking Dead series, the Mass Effect series, The Orange Box, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and more.
Game On Expo is not affiliated, associated, endorsed by, or in any way connected with Game On Arizona, LLC, or any of its subsidiaries.