SoCal Gaming Expo 2024: The Ultimate Gaming Celebration

SoCal Gaming Expo 2024: The Ultimate Gaming Celebration

Get ready, gaming enthusiasts! The SoCal Gaming Expo 2024 is just around the corner, promising an action-packed weekend for gamers of all ages and interests. Set to take place from June 8-9, 2024, at the Pasadena Convention Center in sunny Pasadena, CA, this year's expo is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

Event Details

  • Dates: June 8-9, 2024
  • Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Hours:
    • Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
    • Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
    • Friday: Tetris Qualifier 10 AM - 10 PM

What to Expect

The SoCal Gaming Expo is a haven for all things gaming. From retro classics to the latest releases, the expo features an extensive range of gaming experiences, including:

  • Exhibitor Hall: Explore booths from top gaming companies showcasing the latest in gaming technology, merchandise, and exclusive sneak peeks.
  • Gaming Tournaments: Compete in various tournaments, including the highly anticipated Tetris Qualifier on Friday, which runs from 10 AM to 10 PM.
  • Panels and Workshops: Attend insightful panels and interactive workshops hosted by industry experts, covering topics from game development to streaming tips.
  • Cosplay Contest: Show off your best gaming-themed cosplay and stand a chance to win exciting prizes.
  • Free Play Zones: Dive into an array of free-play gaming areas featuring consoles, PCs, and arcade cabinets from different eras.

Special Guest Appearance: Matt Marozzi

This year, we’re thrilled to announce that Nerdthusiast founder Matt Marozzi will be attending the SoCal Gaming Expo. As a passionate gamer and industry expert, Matt will be there to connect with fans, share his insights on the latest gaming trends, and perhaps even participate in some of the weekend's activities.

Why Attend?

The SoCal Gaming Expo is more than just an event; it's a celebration of gaming culture. Whether you're a hardcore gamer, a casual player, or someone who just loves the gaming community, the expo offers something for everyone. It's a chance to meet like-minded individuals, learn from the best in the industry, and immerse yourself in a weekend of non-stop gaming excitement.

Tickets and Information

Tickets are available now on the SoCal Gaming Expo website. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of one of the biggest gaming events of the year. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit SoCal Gaming Expo.

Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable experience at the SoCal Gaming Expo 2024. We can't wait to see you there!

About the Show

What is SoCal Gaming Expo?

SoCal Gaming Expo is the largest retro gaming and collectibles-themed convention in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Founded in 2015, this event has grown to become a must-attend for gaming enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of activities, exhibits, and panels focused on gaming culture.

Who is the Organizer?

The expo is owned and managed by SoCal Gaming Expo, LLC, a small group of passionate gaming enthusiasts dedicated to bringing the best in retro gaming and collectibles to the community.

Where is the Show Located?

The SoCal Gaming Expo is hosted at the Pasadena Convention Center, located at 300 E Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105.

What are the Show Hours?

  • Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

Those who purchase the "Ultra Combo Gold Edition 2 Day Package" will enjoy one-hour early access starting at 9 AM on both days.

Attending SCGE

Where Can I Pick Up My Tickets?

Tickets purchased online will be emailed with a confirmation and a QR code. Please bring printed copies of your email tickets or the QR code on your phone to the show to pick up badges and wristbands at the registration area.

Can I Purchase Tickets at the Show?

Yes, tickets can be purchased at the show. Day-of tickets are $5 more per day than those purchased online. Both cash and credit cards are accepted for on-site purchases.

I am a Special Guest, Volunteer, or Vendor - Where Do I Pick Up My Tickets?

There will be a Will Call at the registration area with a list and your name on it. You can bypass the ticket lines and go directly to Will Call.

What is the Refund Policy?

SoCal Gaming Expo does not offer refunds on any tickets. However, tickets can be given to other attendees if you are unable to attend and are not name-specific.

Are There Any Discounted Hotels for the Show?

Yes! We have partnered with Hotel Dena, offering a discounted rate and direct access to the Pasadena Convention Center. Visit our hotel page for more info and a booking link.

Where Do I Park?

There is an attached paid parking garage at the Pasadena Convention Center, along with numerous other parking garages in the area and metered street parking available. Click here for Available Parking.

Is There Food Available at the Show?

Yes, there are concessions on the Exhibit Hall floor serving food during show hours. Additionally, numerous restaurants and food options are within a short walking distance of the Pasadena Convention Center. Please note that outside food and drinks are not permitted in the venue.

What Sort of Payment Do Vendors Accept?

Most vendors accept various forms of payment including cash, credit cards, Venmo, Zelle, and PayPal. Payment methods are at the vendor's discretion, and some may only accept cash.

Other Useful Information

What Do I Do If I Find or Lose Something?

Please bring all found items to the SoCal Information Booth in the lobby. Lost and found services will be located here.

Are Vendors Allowed to Sell Bootlegs at SCGE?

No, the buying and selling of counterfeit or knock-off items is not tolerated. Violation of this rule will result in one warning; a second violation will lead to removal from the show.

Can I Take Pictures and Video?

Yes, you are welcome to take pictures and videos at SoCal Gaming Expo. However, recording and flash photography are not permitted in the panels. Please respect guests' privacy if they ask not to have their picture taken.

Will I Be On Camera?

There is a good chance you may be recorded, as professional videographers, YouTubers, TikTokers, and other social media influencers will be filming many of the events. By purchasing a ticket, you consent to being recorded.

Will Guests Sign Autographs?

Yes, many guests will sign autographs in the Autograph/Guest Area and at various booths on the show floor. Some guests may sign autographs at no charge, while others may charge a fee. An autograph certification organization may be on-site to authenticate signatures.

Is There WiFi in the Pasadena Convention Center?

WiFi is available for purchase directly from the Pasadena Convention Center.

Can I Bring Items to Sell or Trade to Vendors?

Yes, attendees are allowed to bring a limited number of items to sell or trade to vendors on the show floor. Items can also be consigned at the Video Games & Collectibles Auction.

Can I Bring My Pet?

Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are allowed inside the Pasadena Convention Center.

Can I Bring My Skateboard for the Skate Ramp?

No, the skate ramp is for professional use only. Various performance times will be scheduled for attendees to spectate.