Game Con CanadaFAQ
Game Con is the largest gaming convention in Canada. GCC is a three-day gaming expo where attendees will have access to play hundreds of games from video game studios and board game developers from around the world. Join us for a weekend full of gaming, entertainment, making new friends and discovering new experiences including
GCC has over 300,000 square feet of floor space which will include:
VIDEO GAMES | BOARD GAMES | COSPLAY | ESPORTS |TCG TOURNAMENTS|TTRPG PROGRAMMING| WARHAMMER LASER TAG | CELEBRITIES | TOYS |PANELS | AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
We are proud to announce that a portion of every ticket sold is going towards our charity initiative. In 2024 it is our goal to outfit child healthcare facilities in Alberta with MSI Laptops, TVs and other gaming-related equipment.
Event dates & times:
June 14th, 2024: 10 am – 6:00pm, After Hours Game Play including the Memory Express Mega Stage 6:00pm – 12:00am
June 15th, 2024: 10 am – 6:00pm, After Hours Game Play including the Memory Express Mega Stage 6:00pm – 12:00am
June 16th, 2023: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location: The Edmonton Expo Centre. 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 0J2
- Purchase tickets online HERE
- Purchase tickets on site, day of the event
When you check in at the main entrance you will be given an attendee badge for the type of ticket you bought, All-Access weekend pass, Friday day pass, Saturday day pass or Sunday day pass.
Badges are to be worn visibly for the duration of your visit to Game Con Canada. If you are attending multiple days, you must keep your badge intact over those multiple days. If you are cosplaying, consider how your badge will be worn with gloves, morph costumes, or other pieces. For any questions or special concerns about wearing a badge, visit our Guest Services Desk.
Please Note: We are able to replace lost or stolen badges only if they are activated and registered to you. Please note a $5 fee will be charged for replacing badges. Any badges which have been damaged or tampered with will not be replaced by Game Con Canada
Game Con Canada is an all-ages event. There are some specific areas or activities designated for different age groups, this will be noted on each activity.
Game Con Canada treats all attendees, including those with special access needs with respect and dignity. Patrons with disabilities are required to pay full admission, however, one attendant/caregiver may receive complimentary admission when requested at the entrance.
Guide dogs and service animals are welcome at our shows, provided they are leashed or under similar control as appropriate.
We ask attendees to carry acceptable documentation and/or that service animals are clearly identified as being service animals (for example by wearing a vest or harness). Attendees with service animals on-site at the event assume complete responsibility for their animal for the duration of their time at the event.
Game Con Canada does not provide or rent special equipment. If you require such services, please check with the Edmonton Expo Centre directly or acquire one independently prior to the show.
The venue has a limited number of wheelchairs available for rent onsite. Please visit the Edmonton Expo Centre guest services desk to request a wheelchair.
Flights and accommodation links coming soon!
Cosplaying is encouraged and welcomed at Game Con Canada. Many attendees enjoy dressing up as their favorite video game characters, and there is even a cosplay competition at the convention.
Navigate to the cosplay page of the GCC website. You’ll find the submission form at the bottom of the page.
No! However, we recommend you send progress photos along with your submission in order to increase your chances of being accepted into the contest.
Your script should be around five sentences long and describe your construction, your character, or both. As an example:
Talented Cosplayer is cosplaying Character from Franchise. This build allowed Talented to incorporate some of their favorite techniques, including weathering, smocking, and foam detailing. Their favorite part of the build is the wings, which pass through the outer layers of the costume to attach to a sturdy backplate. The shoes are made from scratch and the wig was heavily dyed and modified! This was a major level up cosplay for Talented and they’re super proud to be showing it today at Game Con Canada.
Please note that exceptions may be made to items in bold when you are participating in the cosplay contest, but only for the period in which you are on stage.
Costumes, cosplays, and general attire must provide the same level of body coverage expected at an all-ages public beach, but no speedos or thongs.
Footwear is required at all times.
Costumes should not impede movement of yourself or others around you. They must fit through a standard Canadian doorway.
Costumes should not have any functional sharp edges or points that could be a risk to yourself or others.
Costumes may not include smoke, odors, or fog.
Cosplay may not include:
Words, images, or symbols conveying racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise prejudiced or bigoted messages or sentiments.
Obscene or offensive language or images including uncensored profanities and pornographic content
Costumes should not represent or incorporate the iconography, uniform, or appearance of persons or objects associated with prejudice or bigotry (e.g. Nazi imagery).
20th and 21st-century uniforms may not be worn as costumes. These include any uniform that can be construed as a military uniform from any country or a uniform worn in an official capacity, such as security guard, police officer, deputy, fire marshal, paramedic, etc. Active duty military personnel are permitted to wear their government-issued uniforms.
Costumes and cosplays may incorporate audio or lighting elements of reasonable volume or intensity. Sounds and lights must be able to be turned off easily if they become disruptive to nearby attendees or events.
Weapons and props:
Costumes and cosplays cannot include historical or modern weapons, nor items that could be confused for them. This includes (but is not limited to): self-defense equipment like pepper spray or tasers; recreational weapons like Airsoft, paintball, water, cap, or BB guns; sharp-edged tools like knives or scissors; or martial-arts weaponry including wooden practice weapons.
Fantasy or sci-fi/futuristic weapons are allowed so long as they do not resemble actual historical or modern weapons and are handled with respect for the safety and personal space of other attendees.
No live steel or weapons that can fire projectiles.
Weapons and props must not exceed the height of a standard Canadian doorway.
Any weapon or prop that makes noise must be able to be turned off and must not be excessively loud.
All Props must be checked and approved by our Prop Check Desk in the convention center during operating hours for compliance with this policy. Some events may provide exceptions to this policy under strict circumstances defined by that event. Items purchased in the Exhibit Hall which violate this policy must be wrapped and immediately removed from the convention premises.
Game Con Canada’s Event Staff or security personnel may inspect any item or costume, or request that an attendee remove a mask, at any time during the convention. Failure to comply with these policies and/or the instructions of Game Con Canada’s Event Staff or security personnel may result in immediate removal from the convention without refund.
If you have any questions about these policies, please contact Game Con Canada’s cosplay team at [email protected] before the convention or visit the Prop Check Desk in the convention center during operating hours.
Yes, Game Con Canada has multiple exhibitors selling video games, board games, miniatures, dice, collectibles, clothing, accessories, artwork, and much more. The merchandise selection may vary depending on the event, check out our map to see what exhibitors will be there selling products.
Game Con Canada hosts panels, workshops, and meet-and-greet sessions featuring game developers, industry professionals, and influential figures in the gaming community. These sessions provide opportunities to learn from experts, ask questions, and network with people in the industry. Keep an eye on the event schedule or official announcements to see if any such opportunities are available at Game Con.
GCC has education sponsors. If you are looking to start a career in game development and Esports they have multiple options for you to choose from.
To stay updated on Game Con Canada news and announcements, it’s recommended to visit the official Game Con Canada website. Additionally, you can follow the social media accounts, such as, Instagram, Discord, Facebook, or Twitter to receive the latest updates, ticket sales, special guests, and any changes or additions to the event.
Remember that the specifics of Game Con Canada may vary from year to year, so always refer to the official sources and announcements for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Yes, GCC has hundreds of vendors that will be offering free video game and board game demos for our attendees to discover and enjoy.
Game Con Canada cares about health and safety and is committed to following all current public health measures. As we continue to live with COVID-19, it is important for individuals to make their own decisions about personal health measures to keep themselves and others safe. It is also important to respect the choices of others. There is no requirement to wear masks or to provide proof of vaccination. Individuals with any symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to stay home. Game Con Canada will continue to prioritize the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, attendees, sponsors and clients.
GCC Code of Conduct:
Game Con Canada’s main objective is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, attendees, sponsors and clients, regardless of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or other characteristics. Discrimination, harassment, or any other form of bias will not be tolerated.
GCC Event Policies:
1. Inclusion: GCC embraces diversity to create an atmosphere where everyone feels valued, respected, and included.
2. Non-Discrimination: We do not tolerate discrimination based on race, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, disability, or any other protected grounds in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Act.
3. Accommodation: GCC strives to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities or other individual needs, and to provide the necessary resources and support.
4. Bullying: GCC has zero tolerance for bullying of any kind.