KCGAMEON started as a LAN (Local Area Network) party in 2005. Originally a small group of co-workers who packed up their computers from home
(BYOC = Bring your own computer), set up their rigs by plugging into a local network, and would play games until their eyes bleed. A lot of things have changed since those days, which quickly expanded to 30 players.
Over the last few years we have grown our event in attendance while also including all forms of gaming/fun - PC, console, hand-held gaming, tabletop and D&D adventures/pathfinder.
Both men and women attend these events both casually and competitively. We rotate tournaments for various games as the popularity for the games increase and decrease over time. Some of these tournaments have prizes, but some of them are just for bragging rights, too.
We provide food (dinner is around 6pm) and snacks/drinks/candy throughout the event as part of the attendance fee.
There are five to six events each year (five KCGameOn and one multi-day esports expo event). They are roughly 6-8 weeks apart. We try to adjust our dates to miss all major events in KC as well as major holidays. Check the SCHEDULE page for the actual dates. We will release the dates as we lock in the venues.
The cost per event is found on our registration page for each event. Our website has a home-grown, secure payment system that uses paypal. This provides us a low-cost, low-overhead solution to automating the payment/seating process.
You also have the option to pay cash at the check-in table as you walk in the door - but this does not guarantee you a seat. We always recommend you pre-pay to reserve a seat/saving a lot of time when you get to the event.
The walk-in fee applies to everyone, including BYOC, tabletop, console gaming and spectators. The KCGameCON event has an entirely different payment structure, we will provide that information as we set it in stone.
We know that in order to retain players over time, we must provide value for the player.
A portion also goes to purchasing candy/snacks and sometimes we need to buy more infrastructure - new cat5/multiplugs/etc. We are fortunate enough to have our building expenses and dinner paid for through sponsorship!
The staff does not make a dime. The event does not exist to make money off of the gamer - we are only here to network and above all - HAVE FUN!
Security is always a major concern at every event we host and respected as such.
We have a hired security staff that will be walking around the venue and parking lot for the entire of the event to monitor all activity, including the entry ways, leading up to checking bags, if we feel necessary.
We have a fully functional, tested, digital raffle system and once you check-in through our front desk registration area, you are automatically entered into the raffle. All you have to do is be around when we hold the raffle to claim your prize, when you name is called.
KCGameOn will have it's end of the year raffle which we consider the loyalty raffle. For all events you attended during this calendar year, you will have a digital raffle ticket.
Your chances are determined by the amount of prizes and amount of tickets currently in the pool of tickets - that number has yet to be determined. The prizes/swag depend largely on our current sponsors and how many we purchase out right, but typically it is 40-50 door prizes, with the possibility of many more and much higher value prizes for this event.
Please see our current sponsor list, shown HERE.
We try to get additional sponsors all the time, so this is always changing.
KCGameOn takes all of our resources from the year and put them toward a yearly technology and gaming convention for Kansas City!
We will continue to support all types of gaming with a VIP option for food/candy throughout the event.
This format allows us to bring esports, spectating, cosplay and a vendor expo to a large venue to support thousands of people.
This is largely dependent on user interest. Here is a current list of all of the tournaments at this event.
If you have a favorite game and you want to get a tournament going, just let us know and we will get signups going at the registration desk.
Please contact an admin ahead of the event. For the most part, we don't care what you play/serve at the event, as long as it doesn't interfere with everyone elses gaming.
Absolutely, please feel free to use social media to spread the good word as well.
Yes, you sure can. When going through the registration process, just be sure to add their name to your checkout before hitting the PAY NOW button.
You can help support GameOn by purchasing products from our sponsors. If you see them in person be sure to thank them for their support.
Invite your friends, defeat that nerdist perception and make them aware this is a pretty cool event!
We need a minimum of 30 person pay for the event fee. We have had to cancel events in the past, but it has been many, many years since we did. :)
Take a look at the schedule page for a long history of attendence counts.
Due to the overwhelming number of players, we no longer accept cancellations or provide refunds. Please be sure you can make it before you buy a ticket.