Like clockwork, QuakeCon is returning to Dallas in August -- specifically, August 24-27. It will continue the long, time-honored tradition of getting thousands of people together to play video games together and check out upcoming releases.
But while the last several QuakeCons have been at the Hilton Anatole, the show will be in a different location for 2017: The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
So, OK, if you wanna be technical, QuakeCon is now gonna be in Grapevine instead of Dallas. But we'll claim it.
There were some hushed whispers that this might happen during last year's event, at which attendees wondered if QuakeCon at outgrown its host. Seats to the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area sold out quick, and getting people in and out of the venue was a chore. And don't even talk to me about what a nightmare parking was starting to become.
QuakeCon is a D-FW convention first and foremost, though, so staying in the area makes sense. When I asked Tim Willits of id Software (the developer behind Quake, from which QuakeCon gets its name) about moving the show back in 2015, he told me, "We actually looked at convention centers in Reno. We thought Reno would be great because it's so close to San Francisco, so we could pull those people in. So we pitched it to our senior staff and said, 'Hey, we're thinking about moving QuakeCon to Reno.' That did not go over well at all. The senior staff was like, 'Hell no, you are not moving to Reno.' So we were like, 'OK, we're in Dallas.' So we needed to find the biggest place in Dallas that we could work well with, which is why we're here [at the Anatole]."
This actually isn't the first time QuakeCon will be at the Gaylord. That was the location for the event back in 2004, 2005 and 2009.
If you want to stay at the hotel for the event, there is already a page open where you can book a Gaylord room at a QuakeCon rate of $185. QuakeCon registration itself isn't yet open.
If you're not interested in the BYOC or staying at the hotel, though, don't worry: Merely attending the show to see panels or play games on the expo floor will remain free.