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The Carolina Games Summit will be helping Blue Ox Games with their video game charity event in Greenville on April 30th, 2017. The event will be held at Blue Oxs retail store located in Greenville, North Carolina and will benefit Extra Life, a gamer-related charity. Extra Life uses the pastime of gaming to benefit hospitals in the Childrens Miracle Network. Much like Relay for Life, this group raises money and then does an activity. In this case however the group games for 24 hrs straight.To learn more about this group click here: Extra Life. The tournaments begin Sunday at noon and will run as late as 8:00 pm. The games will include Street Fighter V, Smash Bros 4 & Melee, and Rocket League 2v2 tournaments. Entry to the venue will be $5.00 for both players and spectators (additional fees may apply for some events).


About Blue Ox Games
Blue Ox Games has a 5,000 square foot store providing ample space to play all the board, card, and miniature games you enjoy or sit down and enjoy a comic. The event calendar will let you know when scheduled tournament are, but you can always stop in with a friend to game (or play with one of our helpful staff members). Blue Ox exists to support the gaming community in Greenville, Eastern North Carolina, and beyond. Join one of our store sponsored Facebook groups for lively discussion with other game and comic fans Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 1pm - 10pm Saturday 11am - 10pm Sunday 12pm - 8pm Blue Ox Games.


About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® is held yearly on the first weekend of February in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event consistently delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: Carolina Games Summit.
Posted by: Ross Ledford - 03/14/17 @ 12:03PM
The Amateur Esports League(AEL) announces their inaugural tournament Saturday, April 1st featuring Call of Duty: IW 4v4 at the Carolina Games Summit venue in Downtown Goldsboro, NC. The goal of AEL is to provide a true esports experience in an amateur setting, as a way to help aspiring video game athletes. After the initial event is complete AEL will host monthly Call of Duty tournaments with plans to expand to other games.

Ross Ledford, the event coordinator of AEL, hopes that the league will “allow more people to make their esports dreams a reality”. Because of the grassroots structure of the AEL, their events allow not only experience in tournaments but also production and event experience for volunteers. By fostering a community of passionate gamers, the Amateur Esports League hopes to help legitimize esports in the United States while also providing a fun and friendly environment for all attendees.

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AEL’s first tournament will be April 1st, and will be a Call of Duty Infinite Warefare 4v4 tournament. The tournament will be their first payed tournament to date, with players fighting for their share over an over $1000 prize pool. Aside from being their first tournament, April first marks the start of AEL’s monthly tournament series. Starting out with Call of Duty and Halo, the Amateur Esports League will soon host monthly tournaments for all major esports games. With AEL’s leaderboards, players(and even possible sponsors) will be able to track the performance of themselves and their teams. By aiding players every step of the way, the Amateur Esports League will soon become a powerhouse in the world of esports.
Posted by: Michael Everett - 02/13/17 @ 6:09PM

Carolina Games Summit brings eight competitive Esports tournaments to the Playthrough Gaming Convention at the Raleigh Convention Center on Feb 24th and 25th 2017. Events will include Call of Duty: IW 4v4, FFA, Halo 5 4v4, FFA, Madden 2017, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Brothers Melee, and Smash 4.

Lock in your spot for each tournament now using our completely free Tournament Registration System To participate in a tournament you simply need to purchase your Playthrough Gaming Convention pass, there is no additional fees for our tournaments

Live streaming of the action will be available on our Twitch channel http://www.twitch.tv/cgs.

The Cosplay Contest will have cosplay judges from the FanDames Initiative and the High Heeled Gamer looking over the best that cosplayers have to offer. The FanDames and the High Heeled Gamer will make their return to the Carolina Games Summit in 2017 with their knowledge on all things cosplay.

“Having traveled and met many of these judges personally at other conventions and previous Carolina Games Summit events, I would have to say that they are amazing at what they do in the world of cosplay and gaming alike!” --Johnna Koonce, Executive Producer of the Carolina Games Summit

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site, Carolina Games Summit, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About The FanDames Initiative

The FanDames Initiative The FanDames Initiative is an a non-profit organization that empowers women in the geek and nerd fandoms. We actively support all women in our community by creating a safe and healthy environment for self-expression. The FanDames Initiative formed in June/July 2014 with the combined efforts of former Carolina D20 Girls. The girls sought to create an organization with the mission of creating fellowship among all women geeks across all fandoms. How do we do this? We volunteer at events and conventions, host contests, lead panels and generally bring a positive attitude everywhere we go, its that simple. Check them out on Facebook: The FanDames Intiative

About The High Heeled Gamer

The High Heeled Gamer is a lover of all things nerdy and this year the Carolina Games Summit is proud to announce her appearance as one of the Cosplay Contest Judges! The High Heeled Gamer is an experienced Con-goer and Cosplayer, this past year she has traveled the conventions of North Carolina. Many include: Animazement, Heroes Con, Fayetteville Comic-con, and NC Comic-con. The High Heeled Gamer is well versed in Cosplay, Gaming, and Press work, check her out on Youtube for her "All Things Nerdy".

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® will be held Saturday, February 4, 10AM – 8:30PM and Sunday, February 5, 2017 10AM - 6:00PM in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Blue Ox Games to exhibit at the Carolina Games Summit on February 4th from 11am-8pm and February 5th from 10am-6pm. Blue Ox Games will be sponsoring the Magic the Gathering Standard, Magic the Gathering: Pack Wars and Yu-Gi-Oh Constructed. As well as exhibiting and selling many items related to card games and tabletop games alike. Visit our website at: Blue Ox Games or give us a like on Facebook: Blue Ox Games Facebook

“The best Game Shop in Eastern North Carolina! Staff is really friendly and knowledgeable, and the shop offers all things gaming, as well as comics and collectables! I cannot recommend this place enough to game lovers!” - Card Shop Patron

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site, Carolina Games Summit, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Blue Ox Games

Blue Ox Games has a 5,000 square foot store providing ample space to play all the board, card, and miniature games you enjoy or sit down and enjoy a comic. The event calendar will let you know when scheduled tournament are, but you can always stop in with a friend to game (or play with one of our helpful staff members).

Blue Ox exists to support the gaming community in Greenville, Eastern North Carolina, and beyond. Join one of our store sponsored Facebook groups for lively discussion with other game and comic fans Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 1pm - 10pm Saturday 11am - 10pm Sunday 12pm - 8pm

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit will be held February 4th & 5th, 2017, 10AM – 8PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cos-play, educational sessions, and trading card games. Compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: Carolina Games Summit

Jalil Sadool will represent Steamroller Studios as the day two keynote speaker at the 2017 Carolina Games Summit. The Steamroller Studios keynote will take place on February 5 at 1:00 pm in the Paramount Theater.

“Jalil brings a wide range of experience in film, animation, and game design to the Carolina Games Summit,” Michael Everett Creative Director of the Carolina Games Summit states, “attendees of this keynote will see how Jalil must transition his workflow when creating similar animations across both AAA games and feature films.”

The keynote presentation, “A Study of Creature Animation in Films and Games” will explore several pieces of creature animation from films and games and share the variety of workflows behind creating each animation. Sadool will explain that even though there are similarities between VFX, feature animated films, and games, there are limitations and rules that each category carries. Attendees will leave the session with new knowledge of the varied workflows required to achieve a similar result in animation.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site, Carolina Games Summit, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at: info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Jalil Sadool

Jalil Sadool is currently the CEO/Co-Founder at Steamroller Studios as well as Co-Founder of CGTarian Online Animation School. He has worked in the Film and Game industry as a professional Animator for over a decade. He was a Lead Animator on Rise of the Planet of the Apes at Weta Digital as well as How to Train Your Dragon 2 at Dreamworks Animation. His resume also includes Avatar, Rise of the Guardians, The Chronicles of Narnia, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

About Steamroller Studios

Steamroller Studios is a full service production house with a family friendly atmosphere. Our personal backgrounds are in film, having worked on such titles as Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Hobbit Trilogy. Our studio offers animation, programming, concept art, and more. We have worked on projects such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Worms W.M.D., Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Prey, Agents of Mayhem and many others, including our own original IP, Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® will be held Saturday, February 4, 10AM – 8:30PM and Sunday, February 5, 2017 10AM - 6:00PM in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: Carolina Games Summit

Dr. Benjamin Sintay, the chief physicist for Cone Healths radiation oncology departments, will be they day one keynote during the 2017 Carolina Games Summit with his presentation titled: “Using Games to Cure Cancer.” The presentation will take place February 4th at 12:30pm in the Paramount Theater downtown Goldsboro, NC.

“The skills utilized in simulation and games are being used to cure a multitude of diseases both in research and practical applications,” Johnna Koonce Executive Producer of Carolina Games Summit states, “this talk will give our attendees a broader knowledge of the impact simulation and game design can have on all our lives.”

Dr. Sintay will speak about the sophisticated, high-stakes process used to design radiation treatments for nearly 1 out of every 6 Americans in their lifetime. Members of the audience will get a behind-the-scenes look at everything from generating a high-energy beam of radiation, to the supercomputer systems calculating the best treatment options in a game of skill that changes lives.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,Carolina Games Summit, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Dr. Benjamin Sintay

Dr. Benjamin “BJ” Sintay is the chief physicist for Cone Healths radiation oncology departments overseeing the treatment of cancer with radiation. Dr. Sintay received Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University in 2004. He received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Wake Forest University in 2008. Dr. Sintay is board certified in Therapeutic Medical Physics by the American Board of Radiology, and has been with Cone Health since 2009. Dr. Sintay is currently president-elect of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. His interests include image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, image processing, computer programming and automation.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® will be held Saturday, February 4, 10AM – 8:30PM and Sunday, February 5, 2017 10AM - 6:00PM in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available.

Additional information can be found on the official web site: Carolina Games Summit

Dark Unicorn Games will be exhibiting at the upcoming Carolina Games Summit in downtown Goldsboro on February 4th and 5th 2017. Dark Unicorn Games will be on-site to demonstrate Super Powered Smash Masters™, a kid-friendly superhero parody card game for two to eight players. It’s a great way to share your nerdy interests with your friends and family while also humiliating them with your superior smash mastery.

Johnna Koonce, Executive Producer of the Carolina Games Summit, states “Dark Unicorn Games first entry into the card gaming space is a well polished and fun parody superhero game that can be enjoyed by the entire family; our attendees will not only be able to experience a brand new card game, but also meet the company behind it.”

Attendees to the Carolina Games Summit will be able to experience multiple types of non-digital tabletop gaming, including the Dark Unicorn Games exhibit, at the ACME Theater, one of five venues downtown.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official website, Carolina Games Summit, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® will be held Saturday, February 4, 10AM – 8:30PM and Sunday, February 5, 2017 10AM - 6:00PM in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official website: Carolina Games Summit

About Dark Unicorn Games

Dark Unicorn Games is a tabletop and video game company based in Raleigh, NC. Founded in 2016 by grizzled veterans of the game and comic book industries, the team specializes in producing games that are family-friendly and fun. For more information, please visit Dark Unicorn Games. For more information please email our Media Contact Megan Carriker at: megan@darkunicorngames.com

The Carolina Games Summit announces that tickets are now on sale for their upcoming downtown Goldsboro event on February 4th and 5th 2017. Tickets may be purchased online via the event website Carolina Games Summit or at our retail location 1077 North Berkeley Blvd Goldsboro, NC. Tickets will also be available at the door both days of the event.

Tickets purchased online give attendees the ability to reserve their spot in video game tournaments such as Smash Brothers 4, Madden 2017, and Halo 5. Additional benefits include preview access to upcoming event information, private attendee only message forums, and shorter lines at the event.

Red Storm Entertainment, a Ubisoft® studio, will be returning this year to give attendees access to their latest Virtual Reality projects plus access to fresh-eyes testing and educational seminars. Spark Plug Games will be discussing their ongoing serious games and entertainment products in development. Dark Unicorn Games will be demonstrating their new products in the collectible trading card game arena. Colleges and schools such as North Carolina State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College will be exhibiting and speaking.

Serious Games will also be a major part of the event with BioMojo LLC demonstrating an approach to virtual healthcare education and training. The UNC Center for Innovation in Pharmacy Simulation (CIPS) will be discussing it’s nXhuman project.

Tournaments, speakers, and exhibits will span multiple buildings including the Wayne National Building, the Terrace Room at Waynesborough House, ACME Theater, and the Paramount Theater.

About Carolina Games Summit

pCarolina Games Summit® will be held Saturday, February 4, 10AM – 8:30PM and Sunday, February 5, 2017 10AM - 6:00PM in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: Carolina Games Summit

Since its inception in 2006, the Carolina Games Summit has been the premiere gathering spot for the North Carolina video game community, with over 2,000 people attending each year. The last Summit featured approximately 22 speakers and 17 sessions. The 2017 Carolina Games Summit will take place on February 4th and 5th in downtown Goldsboro, NC. Major events will be held on the first three floors of the historic Wayne National Building, as well as the Terrace Room at Waynesborough House, and the Paramount Theater. Events will span multiple downtown dining, arts, and entertainment establishments.

In preparation for the 2017 Summit, proposals for conducting sessions are being accepted. Presenting a session at the Carolina Games Summit provides rewarding exposure both professionally and personally. This is an opportunity to share ideas and practices with some of the brightest talents in game design and some of the biggest fans of video games. The event staff look forward to an exciting lineup of speakers at the 2017 Carolina Games Summit!

The unifying aspect of the Carolina Games Summit is its dedication to informing the public that simulation and game design is a viable career choice for today’s youth. The proposal process is informal and easy—just an online form at http://www.carolinagamessummit.com/speak. Proposals should include a one or two paragraph description of the topic and a brief outline of key points. New presenters at the Carolina Games Summit will also need to send biographical information and a portrait photo. Sessions are normally 45 minutes in length. Conference speakers receive entry to the event, access to our catered hospitality room, and a free booth for their company.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday, February 4, 10AM – 8:30PM and Sunday, February 5, 2017 10AM - 6:00PM in downtown Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: http://www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

The Carolina Games Summit announces that they will be hosting five Super Smash Brothers tournaments across three different consoles at the upcoming Playthrough Gaming Convention at the Raleigh Convention Center on February 13th and 14th 2016.

Tournaments will be held both days beginning with individual Super Smash Brothers Melee tournaments on February 13th at Noon and February 14th at 11:00am. The first day Melee tournament will be single elimination with best 2 out of 3 rounds determining the winner. The second day Melee tournament will be double elimination with best 2 out of 3 rounds determining the winner. The 1st place winner from each day will face off in a final showdown on stage to determine our ultimate Melee tournament champion from both days of competition. Streaming will be attempted via the Carolina Games Summit twitch channel at CGSTwitch

Super Smash Brothers Brawl will be held February 13th at 5pm as a double elimination best 2 out of 3 rounds tournament. Super Smash Brothers 4 will be held on February 14th at Noon as a double elimination best 2 out of 3 rounds tournament. Custom prize plaques have been created for 1st - 3rd places on all tournaments with a special plaque for the Melee two day champion.

All Melee tournament play will be conducted on CRT monitors with original Nintendo Gamecube controllers provided. Brawl and Smash 4 tournament play will be conducted on Benq RL2460 competitive gaming monitors set to Fighting Mode co-designed by fighting gaming legend Justin “JWong” Wong. They will use Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles respectively. Bringing your own controllers are permitted as long as they do not break tournament rules as defined on Tournament Rules Registration for tournaments are now open at Carolina Games Summit under the Tournaments section.

Freeplay will also be held on all consoles when they are not in tournament use. Carolina Games Summit has partnered with Hyperkin to showcase Retron 5 consoles for open play at our booth.

About Playthrough
Playthrough is a brand new two day gaming convention coming to Raleigh, North Carolina. It's a weekend long extravaganza showcasing the latest games and providing an opportunity for gamers to meet others who share their passion. Whether you are interested in video games, eSports, tabletop games, or play testing new creations, Playthrough has something for everyone! For more info visit PlaythroughGC

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® has been hosting tournaments and events across North Carolina since 2006. Bringing industry speakers, video game tournaments, product promotions, exhibition booths, and educational sessions to events the entire family can enjoy. Plans are underway to open a one of a kind storefront in Goldsboro, NC providing the excitement of an event year round. For more info visit Carolina Games Summit

About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling projector brand powered by TI DLP® technology in The Americas(1). BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific™ projectors, ZOWIE eSports gear and monitors, interactive large-format displays, mobile audio products, cloud consumer products and lifestyle lighting for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers and retailers. For more info visit BenQ US

About Hyperkin
Since its inception Hyperkin® has rapidly established a reputation for developing innovative, reliable and cost-friendly video game peripherals. Hyperkin® designs, manufactures and distributes a wide variety of accessories for every major platform including; Nintendo® Wii™, Sony® PlayStation® 3, Microsoft® Xbox® 360, Nintendo® DSi®XL, Sony® PSP™ as well as an extensive catalog of peripherals for classic platforms like NES, SNES, GameBoy™, SEGA® Genesis™, Saturn™ and Dreamcast™. Additional information can be found on the official web site: Hyperkin

Carolina Games Summit will be exhibiting at the Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions concert on Friday, May 29th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh.

The North Carolina Symphony joins forces with Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, performing all new arrangements and carefully timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games! Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving Pokémon fans of all ages the chance to experience live, beautiful music of the Pokémon franchise. All-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals drawn from recent and classic Pokémon video games.

Hyperkin’s Retron 5 gaming console will be featured at the Carolina Games Summit booth allowing classics such as Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald to be played on large screens with enhanced resolution and improved interpolated sound.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet-up with friends to catch, battle and trade Pokémon! Purchase tickets online at http://bitly.com/pokemoncode before May 20th to receive a special $10 discount.

About North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 65 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.ncsymphony.org

About Hyperkin
Since its inception Hyperkin® has rapidly established a reputation for developing innovative, reliable and cost-friendly video game peripherals. Hyperkin® designs, manufactures and distributes a wide variety of accessories for every major platform including; Nintendo® Wii™, Sony® PlayStation® 3, Microsoft® Xbox® 360, Nintendo® DSi®XL, Sony® PSP™ as well as an extensive catalog of peripherals for classic platforms like NES, SNES, GameBoy™, SEGA® Genesis™, Saturn™ and Dreamcast™.

Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.Hyperkin.com

Video Games Live Returns to Raleigh on June 4th 2014 7:30pm! Music from the greatest video games of all time performed live with the North Carolina Symphony, featuring MegaManSilent Hill 2MetroidShadow of the ColossusJourney, God of WarMass EffectStarCraft IIDota 2Beyond Good & Evil and music from the upcoming release Destiny, plus many more, including new arrangements from Final Fantasy and Warcraft!

Described by the Washington Post as “ingenious and fantastic,” and “a feast for the eyes and ears,” by the Seattle Times, Video Games Live is an award winning concert event that features beautiful symphonic arrangements of music from the most popular video games of all time, along with synchronized video footage on three giant screens, plus lighting and electronic percussion.

The mixture of live action, interactive segments and stirring musical themes creates an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. To see examples of the Video Games Live experience, go to www.videogameslive.com.  The event will be held at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, tickets may be purchased by visiting ow.ly/uFgLc

Exciting Pre & Post-Concert Activities!

  • Guitar Hero competition - get the top score in the pre-concert challenge and you get to play the game LIVE ON STAGE with the orchestra!
  • Costume contest
  • Prize give-a-ways
  • Interactive game demos
  • Meet-and-greet with top game composers, designers and industry talent

VIDEO GAMES LIVE EXCLUSIVE ULTIMATE GAMER VIP EXPERIENCE!
Are you the ultimate gamer and want special backstage access to the most popular video game concert in the world? How about a tour of what goes on behind the scenes by Video Games Live Creator/Executive Producer/Host and video game legend Tommy Tallarico? Are you interested in a VIP package of exclusive goodies? Then here's your chance!  

The Video Games Live Ultimate Gamer VIP Backstage Experience includes:

  • Video Games Live backstage laminated tour pass
  • Early entry to the venue and early crowd free access to merchandise, competitions, activities and prize areas
  • Pre-show production tour, Q&A and special personal meet & greet  with VGL creator and game music superstar Tommy Tallarico
  • Free download card for the special extended Video Games Live: Level 2 album
  • Official vintage Video Games Live poster
  • Video Games Live Temporary Tattoos
  • Special FRONT OF LINE access to the Video Games Live post-show meet & greet
  • Signed composers scores and sheet music from the performance

For tickets and more information click here!

World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) announced that registration for their Super Street Fighter ® IV has officially opened! The tournament will be held at the second annual Escapist Expo on October 5th, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. The top professional and competitive gamers that qualify after registering via the 2013 WCG USA online qualifiers (http://bit.ly/17lk5Ee) will compete live to determine which player will represent Team USA at the WCG Finals to be held in Kunshan, China from November 28th to December 1st, 2013.

The official live national finals tournament for Super Street Fighter ® IV will be held for attendees at Escapist Expo, where the winner will earn a spot on Team USA and win a full travel package (e.g. hotel, airfare, and meals) to compete for cash and fame on the international stage at the global finals in Kunshan, China. A limit of 128 attendees will be in place, so be sure to register as soon as possible! Furthermore, a live stream of the event will be held through the WCG USA Twitch channel (http://www.twitch.tv/wcgusa.)

The Carolina Games Summit will be returning again as a sponsor of the Escapist Expo and primarily located in the same room as the WCG live national finals tournament. We will have open Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition console play along with many other freeplay options for attendees and tournament participants. Please join us for the entire Escapist Expo which will be held October 4th, 5th, and 6th at the Durham Convention Center
Tickets for Escapist Expo 2013 are currently available for purchase online. Other information about the show is available at www.escapistexpo.com and www.facebook.com/TheEscapistExpo.
Carolina Games Summit will offer your favorite console titles on Xbox 360 and PS3 in the console open play area, which will be conveniently located near the World Cyber Games USA finals! Games will run all weekend long! The Console Open Play Area will be open from 10:00 a.m. to Midnight on Friday October 4th, 10:00 a.m. to Midnight on Saturday October 5th, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday October 6th 2013.  More details on specific attractions will be announced soon so stay tuned!  Purchase tickets at the official homepage of the Escapist Expo www.escapistexpo.com.
World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) officially announced today that this year’s WCG USA National Finals will be held at the second annual Escapist Expo, a premier consumer convention centered around gaming culture, from October 4-6, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. The top professional and competitive gamers that qualified online through the 2013 WCG USA online qualifiers (http://us.wcg.com) will compete live during the show to determine which 20 players will represent Team USA at the WCG Global Finals to be held in Kunshan, China from November 28 to December 1, 2013.

Back for the second year, Escapist Expo is the live event extension of Webby award-winning The Escapist (www.theescapistmagazine.com), the gaming generations’ preeminent lifestyle site and mouthpiece. The second annual Escapist Expo builds upon the outstanding success of last year’s three-day inaugural event, celebrating contemporary video gaming lifestyle and diverse global video game culture. More than 6,000 attendees from around the globe are anticipated to attend this year’s event and participate in dynamic and varied offerings, including gaming industry expert keynotes and panel discussions, game publisher exhibitors and dealers, anime and cosplay specialists, visual artists, tabletop gaming, comic and graphic novel dealers, and both live- and electronic-game play competitions. This year, Escapist Expo has doubled its floor space to incorporate the Durham Convention Center, the historic Carolina Theater, and Durham Armory.

“We are excited to bring the WCG USA National Finals to Escapist Expo as the main eSports attraction to this year’s event,” said Han Park, President of ESS Agency, the official WCG USA strategic partner. "As the live event extension of The Escapist’s gaming-focused digital brand, its loyal and passionate fans ofvideo games and multi-media culture are a natural audience for eSports and the level of competition showcased by the WCG USA National Finals."

In addition to the finals competitions, which will be streamed live for viewers at home, the WCG USA will hold daily gaming contests, giveaways, and free-to-play gaming areas. The official live national finals tournament for Super Street Fighter ® IV will be held for attendees at Escapist Expo, where the winner will earn a spot on Team USA and win a full travel package (e.g. hotel, airfare, and meals) to compete for cash and fame on the international stage at the global finals in Kunshan, China.

“Hosting the WCG USA National Finals is the capstone on the great slate of programming we’ve developed for the second Escapist Expo,” said Alexander Macris, Senior Vice President of Alloy Digital and General Manager of The Escapist. "We are particularly thrilled that Escapist Expo attendees will have a chance to compete in Super Street Fighter ® IV to be America’s representatives on Team USA in China!”

Tickets for Escapist Expo 2013 are currently available for purchase online. Other information about the show is available at www.escapistexpo.com andwww.facebook.com/TheEscapistExpo

About World Cyber Games Inc.

Founded in 2000, World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) is the organizer of the longest running global eSports tournament and festival in existence. Credited with launching the professional careers of many of the planet's top video game competitors, WCG uses a yearlong tournament format, which begins with online, national and regional competitions around the world. Top national competitors then convene to compete in the ultimate global eSports tournament, the World Cyber Games Grand Final, where they compete for prizes, and most of all, prestige. WCG2012 Grand Final will be held in Kunshan, China. For more information visit www.wcg.com

About ESS Agency

ESS Agency (formerly E-Sports Services) was founded in 2006 and has become a top event services and technology agency focused on connecting brands with their audience through video game entertainment. ESS Agency delivers branded and technology solutions for experiential marketing agencies and clients that exceed goals and deliver results. Additionally, ESS Agency has developed a suite of proprietary audience capture technologies that are deployed worldwide by major consumer brands and companies. ESS Agency has been the official USA strategic partner for the World Cyber Games since 2011. For more information visit http://www.essagency.com

About The Escapist

Alloy Digital-owned The Escapist offers a daily escape from the everyday for its worldwide audience of over 4.8 million gamers and entertainment enthusiasts. A multiple Webby Award-winning Internet media publication, The Escapist delivers varied and comprehensive content that attracts the attention of core gamers, developers, and industry insiders alike. With exclusive web video series, cutting edge feature articles, and custom social media events, The Escapist has built a vibrant and dedicated audience and community that are highly influential and deeply engaged, spending an average of 6.3 minutes on site during every visit.

Founded in 2005, The Escapist has grown to become a leading voice in video game culture and the modern day interests and lifestyle of the internet generation, delivering proprietary offerings to the coveted 12-34 male demographic with over 10 million video streams and 40 million page views a month. Its newly-launched gaming and gaming culture expo, the Escapist Expo, brought in 5,600 attendees in its first year. Please visit us at www.alloydigital.com andwww.theescapistmagazine.com.

Carolina Games Summit will be exhibiting at Raleigh Game On Round 2 Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in The Hive bar downtown.  Pete Biles, Marketing and PR of Mighty Rabbit Studios and Raleigh Game On organizer, states “We held the first Raleigh Game On in 2011 and are excited to once again showcase the latest hits from local independent game developers”.  The event is free and open to the public.

Indie game developers from around the Triangle will be presenting games to the public to test and try out. At the end of the night there will be a vote for best game showcased during the event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Busy Bee Cafe. Indie game developers such as Imangi (Temple Run), Bitmonster (Lili), Mighty Rabbit Studios (Saturday Morning RPG), Spark Plug Games (Plight of the Zombie), and many others will be on hand to showcase their games on various platforms.   

More information can be obtained, along with free event registration, from the events facebook on.fb.me/10WYP2o or Eventbrite raleighgameonround2.eventbrite.com pages.

Carolina Games Summit will provide information on the many upcoming gaming events in North Carolina, such as Video Games Live June 7th at the Meymandi Concert Hall, Escapist Expo October 4-6th at the Durham Convention Center, as well as the next Carolina Games Summit in 2014.  

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit is a yearly hybrid event that delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. All your favorite platforms are featured with both tournament and free play options available on arcade, computer, and console systems. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Carolina Games Summit will be exhibiting at the upcoming Video Games Live concert on Friday, June 7, at 8 p.m. in the Meymandi Concert Hall. This one night only event will feature music from Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Halo, Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic, Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros., Skyrim, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross and many more, including the Classic Arcade Medley and the Tetris Opera!

Carolina Games Summit will bring their signature tournaments to Video Games Live with a twist. Attendees will be able to enter a classic triathlon across 1982 arcade hit Super Pac-Man, 2010 XBOX Live Arcade hit PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX and a title to be announced at the event. Freeplay as well as tournament play will also be available during pre-show activities and intermission.

After the show, there will be a meet and greet session with:

Tommy Tallarico (CEO/Host of Video Games Live, and Guinness World Record holder for working on the most commercially released video games) Cliff Bleszinski (Game Designer: Gears of War and Unreal Tournament franchises) Rod Abernethy (Composer: RAGE, Dead Space, and over 60 other games)

Ticket prices for the event range from $29 - $70 but a special discount is available to our fans using this link Discount and the discount code: “GAMER” which entitles delivers best available section A seats for $48 instead of the regular $65 price.

About Video Games Live
Described by the Washington Post as “ingenious and fantastic,” and “a feast for the eyes and ears,” by The Seattle Times, Video Games Live is an award winning concert event that features beautiful symphonic arrangements of music from the most popular video games of all time, along with synchronized video footage on three giant screens, plus lighting and electronic percussion. The mixture of live action, interactive segments, and stirring musical themes creates an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. To see examples of the VGL experience, go to VGL

VGL was created by industry legend, composer Tommy Tallarico. The multimedia concert introduces new audiences – families, video game enthusiasts and non-gamers – to the symphonic experience. The concert spotlights the music that enhances the most gripping video game moments – rescuing the princess, winning the boss fight, saving the galaxy from aliens or defeating the undead – with performances from recent blockbusters and iconic classics.

About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 65 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra. Additional information can be found on the official web site: NCSymphony

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit is a yearly hybrid event that delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. All your favorite platforms are featured with both tournament and free play options available on arcade, computer, and console systems. Additional information can be found on the official web site: CGSummit

The Carolina Games Summit helped raise $1,628 for Child’s Play Charity by hosting ShootMania Storm, Gears of War: Judgement, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier tournaments in the Child's Play booth at the East Coast Game Conference. The Conference was held April 24-25th at the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina. The tournaments spanned both days of the event. Registration for the tournament was free to all conference attendees however a small donation to the Child’s Play Charity was requested from each participant.

The winners for the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Guerilla Mode score tournament included 1st Place: Wyatt Pritchard , 2nd Place: Caleb Talmage and 3rd Place: Tony Douangkham. Gears of War: Judgement FFA winners included 1st Place: Ross LeMere, 2nd Place: Ian Riddle, and 3rd Place: Wyatt Pritchard. Taking 1st Place in the ShootMania Storm FFA Royal tournament was Evan Brown followed by Steve Burke, in 2nd, and Keegan Belongia in 3rd. Taking 1st Place in the ShootMania Storm 3v3 Elite tournament was team ECGC followed by team URSA MAJOR, in 2nd, and Team 20 in 3rd. The full list of participants along with winners for all our events are posted on our past tournaments page Tournament Info

Pictures from the event may be viewed on our facebook page: Facebook

We would like to thank our sponsors: Plantronics, Alienware, BenQ, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft, and Epic Games without their support this event would not have been possible. In addition we would like to thank the East Coast Game Conference for donating the space, Internet, and power required to pull off this great fund raiser. We would also like to thank the Wake Tech Game Development Club members who invited us to join in this amazing opportunity to raise money for a great charity.  For the second year in a row they held a raffle at the Child's Play booth, which raised the majority of the funds.

The ShootMania FFA Royal and 3v3 Elite Tournaments was held on Alienware x51 desktops with BenQ XL2420T 24” LED displays and Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 Channel headsets, the official computer , monitor, and headset of the Carolina Games Summit. The Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Guerilla Mode score tournament and Gears of War: Judgement FFA Tournament was held on XBOX 360 consoles with BenQ XL2420T 24” LED displays customized with FPS presets and Plantronics GameCom X40 headsets. For discount codes and more information on our equipment visit Gear

If you were unable to attend donations but would like to donate visit our official Child’s Play donation widget here: Donations

About Child’s Play
In 2003 Child’s Play was organized, which is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing toys and games in the charity’s network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

The term “record-setting” doesn't do the final total justice, nor does incredible, amazing, generous, or overwhelming. In 2012, Child’s Play Charity raised over 5 million dollars for children across the globe.

With events and a record number of community-run fundraisers, Child’s Play as a group are able to raise an astonishing amount to benefit kids in hospitals, clinics, and domestic violence shelters worldwide. Each of these events requires thousands of volunteers, organizers, and participants, each working long hours, weekend after weekend, to ensure everything is in working order. Additional information can be found on the official web site: Child's Play

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit is a yearly hybrid event that delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. All your favorite platforms are featured with both tournament and free play options available on arcade, computer, and console systems. Additional information can be found on the official web site: CGSummit

About East Coast Game Conference
The East Coast Game Conference is considered the largest gathering of Industry leaders on the east coast. The conference provides everything for academic learning, video game enthusiasts, and industry professionals with engaging program opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is presented by the Triangle Game Initiative, a non-profit trade association of video game companies in North Carolina and the International Game Developers Association, a non-profit trade association of video game developers around the world. Additional information can be found on the official web site: ECGC

The Carolina Games Summit will host ShootMania Storm, Gears of War: Judgement, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier benefit tournaments at the East Coast Game Conference with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Child’s Play Charity.  The Conference is being held April 24-25th at the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina.  The tournaments will be held in the Exhibition Hall and will span both days of the event.  Registration for the tournaments is free to all conference attendees however a small donation to Child’s Play Charity will be required upon arrival. Tournament registration is currently available at www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com/tournaments.php and will continue on site at the Child’s Play booth in the exhibition hall.

The ShootMania Storm FFA Royal and 3v3 Elite tournaments will be held on Alienware x51 desktops with BenQ XL2420T 24” LED displays and Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 Channel headsets, the official computer , monitor, and headset of the Carolina Games Summit.  The Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Guerilla Mode score tournament and Gears of War: Judgement 4v4 tournament will be held on XBOX 360 consoles with BenQ XL2420T 24” LED displays customized with FPS presets and Plantronics GameCom X40 headsets.

Full color custom made plaques will be awarded to the first place winners in all tournaments along with prizes from the developers of the games, many of whom are attending and speaking at the East Coast Games Conference and will be available to talk with tournament participants at various times during the event.  Prospective attendees must purchase their East Coast Game Conference passes from www.ecgconf.com.

If you are unable to attend donations are accepted online via the official Child’s Play donation widget here: http://bit.ly/10a8Pe3

About Child’s Play
In 2003 Child’s Play was organized, which is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing  toys and games in the charity’s network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

The term “record-setting” doesn’t do the final total justice, nor does incredible, amazing, generous, or overwhelming. In 2012, Child’s Play Charity raised over 5 million dollars  for children across the globe.

With events and a record number of community-run fundraisers, Child’s Play as a group are able to raise an astonishing amount to benefit kids in hospitals, clinics, and domestic violence shelters worldwide. Each of these events requires thousands of volunteers, organizers, and participants, each working long hours, weekend after weekend, to ensure everything is in working order. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.ChildsPlayCharity.org

About Carolina Games Summit                                                                                                
Carolina Games Summit is a yearly hybrid event that delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cos-play, educational sessions, and trading card games. Attendees compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. All your favorite platforms are featured with both tournament and free play options available on arcade, computer, and console systems. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

About East Coast Game Conference
The East Coast Game Conference is considered the largest gathering of Industry leaders on the east coast. The conference provides everything for academic learning, video game enthusiasts, and industry  professionals with engaging program opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is presented by the Triangle Game Initiative, a non-profit trade association of video game companies in North Carolina and the International Game Developers Association, a non-profit trade association of video game developers around the world. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.ecgconf.com

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