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LVL UP 2020 IS ALMOST HERE!
LVL UP EXPO is the premiere anime, technology, design & gaming convention in Las Vegas. Located at South Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center, this gaming expo is not to be missed.
Dates: February 21-23, 2020
Times: Friday: 3PM-9PM; Saturday: 11AM-8 PM; Sunday: 11AM-6 PM.
Welcome to Nerd Heaven . . .
1000 people attended the first expo in 2012, the brainchild of Vegas local Colten Pipken – and the hobby has become a full-time job. Today, as many as 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, representing fandoms from anime to pro wrestling, have taken it to the next level.
Providing a space that embraces old-school, contemporary and future gaming, LVL UP EXPO is one of the most exciting annual events on the Strip. The energy is insane, and the vibe is wow!
Old-school is a thing . . .
Kick it like your dad did in the Retro Gaming section featuring free play arcade machines and classic retro consoles. Whether you’re a first-timer or a professional there’s a game to feed your desire. Games from 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit and 64-bit eras are here to play casually – or compete seriously against other players in tournaments for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, NES, SNES, Game Boy, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, and Nintendo 64. Perfect for friends and family. Hosted by Retro World Series.
In the early 80s, arcade games made more
than music and movie sales combined.
The years between 1978 and 1983 are generally considered the golden age of video games. Most recognize Space Invaders as the original, arcade game to reach mass audiences, quickly followed by Asteroids (1979), Centipede (1980), and Pac-Man (1980). Space Invaders was such a hit it was rumored that Japan suffered a shortage of ¥100 coins in its wake. But Pac-Man was the real game changer. Stateside, reception of the groundbreaking character-driven game was ravenous, and by the end of the 20th century it was estimated that Pac-Man’s total gross consumer revenue had hit $2.5 billion (or 10 billion quarters). ~ Rian Dundon, Timeline
But boy oh boy . . .
What a difference a decade or four makes! While retro arcades are popular everywhere, modern games are all about story and character. Have a favorite game character? Special guests include Voice Actors from Overwatch, Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball Series, Naruto, League of Legends and more.
Play the game . . .
Over 100 million play every month, making League of Legends the most-played video game in the world.
Esports highlights cutting edge VR and game concepts. Following the action at LVL UP will be Commentators Phil Visu, TKbreezy, and XxShinobazuxX.
Play the character . . .
As much as playing the games, fans love to inhabit their favorite characters, and Cosplay is a big part of the LVL UP EXPO. Cosplay stars Holly Wolf, Miso Tokki, and Aly Brazil will be here!
Cosplay contests feature costume skits ranging from comedy to fight scenes, featuring both local and out-of-state talent. Fans won’t want to miss this event! Guest judges (and cosplay notables) Avianna, Miss Relena and the fabulous Gabby Cooke will be on hand. Other events will include a Lip-Sync Contest, and a scavenger hunt Side Quest.
On top of that, past fan favorite Voice Actors will be in attendance. Speaking of voice, there’s a K-Pop Battle, and, we hear, a Comedy Showdown!
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And get physical!
And, believe it, Pro Wrestling! It’s a fan favorite and has been part of the Expo for three years. Versus Pro Wrestling, in conjunction with Future Stars of Wrestling and Snake Pit Pro, brings a roster of new talent and Vegas favorites. Below, Spyder and Mondo Rox wrestle during a Versus Pro Wrestling match at the LVL UP EXPO in 2019.
Bringing your favorites to life . . .
From the movies, meet John Kassir – Tales From the Crypt; Roger Jackson – Scream | Power Puff Girls; Tony Todd – Candyman | Final Destination; and more.
Streaming live is a leading way to share the action. Twitch Streamers KatContii and LucyMae will be at LVL UP along with YouTube celebs from Team Four Star.
Plus, don’t miss the Chalk Twins, performance studio artists who create amazing ARTworks of chalk. From their Artist Statement: “We love all things geeky. But we always find that when we admire a nerdy graphic t-shirt or a painting, we gravitate toward the subtle. We love the art that only true fans would recognize. We hide our geekiness in plain sight while still being a beacon to others who enjoy the same things we do.” For more, check out . www.chalktwins.com
And finally, comic book artist Dan Mendoza will be here for fans as well – get in line, folks, his comics are sick!
Dan is the creator of Zombie Tramp (right) and Sad Girl Psycho Baby. Influences include the old Grindhouse movies and Tokyo shock films – all that gore and revenge!
LVL UP 2020 is going to knock your socks off!
You could win . . .
There’s even a Tabletop area and Board Game Library for those who relish classic or new board games, and of course several tournaments to enter including Dragon Ball Super Card Game, Argent Saga, Force of Will Grand Prix and more!
Everyone's a winner at the AFTER PARTY!
For those of you who have any energy left, hit the LVL UP EXPO Official After Party at the HyperX Esports Arena on the Strip. Powered by Red Bull – first 250 attendees get a free Red Bull Cocktail – and yup, ya gotta be 21. Saturday February 22 from 10 PM-3 AM. Sounds by DJ Mixxwell and DJ Jinrei, FREE to the public!
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