eSports

AVCON will once again be hosting eSports competitions on stage, with a bunch of local talent playing all of your favourite competitive games.

Watch this space for programming and entry details.

Tournaments

Team AVCon is proud to offer a wide variety of entertaining and challenging tournaments suitable for both hardcore competition and fans who just want to play their favourite game. We run competitions on all modern consoles as well as PC and Board Game competitions, plus one or two older console tournaments and our always-unpredictable Ultimate Gamer competition.

Check back soon for details about our tournament lineup and schedule!

Can I bring my PC to the LAN?

Short answer: No. StreetGeek bring a fleet of systems with the latest updates, so that tournaments can run efficiently and on time. This is also the most secure option for any systems at the event, as we can not be held responsible for any systems brought to the convention outside of what we have officially organised.

Do I need to pre-register for tournaments?

Standard non-eSports tournaments at AVCon all have on the day sign ups. Check the schedule when it’s released for the tournament you wish to enter and rock up between the festival opening and before the tournament starts to register your entry in the tournament.

eSports tournaments are run externally to AVCon by collaborating parties. As such, qualifiers are run online before the convention, with a finals bracket running on the weekend of AVCon. Please check the eSports page or our partner’s website for full qualification details.

Where do I register on the day?

The tournament signup desk will be in the middle of the main gaming hall, right next to several of the tournament areas. We’ll have a banner labelled “Tournament Registration” hanging from the ceiling. All you need to do is get there between festival opening and tournament start with your official AVCon pass to register!

Is there an entry fee?

No! All AVCon run tournaments are free to enter, the only cost is your time.

Can I bring my own controller?

Yes! We do provide standard controllers for all tournaments, but if you want to bring in your own controller then that’s perfectly all right. Any third-party controllers with non-standard features like turbo buttons or auto-fire are not allowed. Arcade sticks for fighting games are 100% okay.

For Smash Bros tournaments, Gamecube controllers will be provided but players wishing to bring their own controllers (including Wii Remotes) are encouraged to do so. Please note any controllers brought by players need to be clearly labelled so that they do not get confused with AVCon supplied equipment. It is a player’s responsibility to ensure the safekeeping of their equipment.

Can I use my own Steam account for Steam game tournaments?

No, we have a set of Valve-provided accounts for use to allow for a fair and competitive playing field.

Why isn't X game being played on Y console?

In the lead up to AVCON, we source what games are played most on which platform. In some cases, it’s so even that we’ll be forced to choose. In this case, we’ll usually choose a system because it fits better with the schedule and whether other systems are already full for tournaments. But in most cases, it’s because that’s where the player base is.

Are there any age-restricted tournaments?

Yes. Any console games rated MA15+ and all of our PC tournaments will only be open to people aged 15 years and older. Anyone younger who wishes to compete must be accompanied at all times by their parent or guardian.

How do I access an age-restricted tournament?

We require photo ID for access to any MA15+ areas – this includes drivers licences, proof-of-age cards, and school ID. R18+ areas will only accept government-issued ID (so no school IDs).

For access to an MA15+ tournament, a minor under the age of 15 must be accompanied at all times during their stay in the area by an adult (who possesses photo ID) who is exercising parental control. They do not have to be a parent, but they do need to be willing to be responsible for the child while they are in the area. This is a requirement of South Australian law.

R18+ areas are only open to people aged 18 or older – we do not allow minors to view or play R18+ games, even with the consent of their parents.

How long do tournaments take to run?

Tournaments can take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours to run. Check the schedule on the day for a rough idea of how long the tournament you’re entering will run. For larger tournaments, organisers will provide a time to return for a smaller seed bracket or if you’re up first, they’ll let you know when the next bracket is running. When in doubt, ask the tournament organiser on the day.

Tabletop Gaming

The Panorama Ballroom will once again be hosting a massive tabletop gaming area, for all of your cardboard-related activities! Sign up for a board game tournament or borrow a game from our collection to play with your friends, challenge all comers in your favourite card game, or join an RPG session run by one of our friendly GMs!

Board Gaming

Come on in and borrow a game from the library to play with your friends in our Free Play area! We’ve got a big selection, with all your favourite games and a bunch of others you may have never seen before! If you’re interested in trying out a new game but aren’t sure how to play, ask one of our staff and they’ll help you figure out the rules and find opponents.
On top of this, we will also be running tournaments for some of your favourite board games and demonstrations and learn-to-play sessions for anybody who’s interested in sitting down and learning about a new game.

Role-Playing Games

Following up last year’s reintroduction of RPGs, we’ll be hosting short two-hour adventures throughout the weekend. So grab your dice, get into character and get ready to roll for initiative! In the past, we have featured the following systems:

Pathfinder Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Shadowrun 5th Edition
Dark Heresy World of Darkness

CCGs

We will also be hosting tournaments for your favourite CCGs.

Watch this space for details and rules announcements!

RPGs

All of our RPG sessions are available for pre-registration on Warhorn at this location: https://warhorn.net/events/avcon-2016/schedule/2016/07/15

You will need to sign up with a Warhorn account if you want to pre-register – there’s a how-to guide here: https://skylandgames.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/warhorn101/
For more details on our RPG session’s download the full synopsis sheet

Gaming Events

Be entertained by our range of new and classic gaming-themed events run all weekend. Want to strut your stuff on the big stage? Want to post the highest score? Want to get involved in something really wacky? Want to learn something new about the wonderful world of video games? The gaming stage offers all this and more! Over the years we have run speedrun competitions, live text adventures, and audience challenges with oversized controllers or bizarre games you’ve never seen before.

Speedrunning

Speedrunners from all over Australia participate in our Speedrunning exhibition, which has been running since 2013. We are opening up this event to all who wish to participate. Please find a link to a form below to enter.

FreePlay

Console Free Play

Our free-play area is a great place to hang out, take a break from your busy convention schedule, meet new people and challenge them to a match in pretty much anything, from the hottest new games to the classics. If you want to check out a game you’ve not yet had the chance to play, warm up before a tournament, or just sit down with your friends and game, then head over to the free play area!

How It Works

We have permanent console stations set up for anybody to use, and an extensive software library. Simply check out a station and the game you want to play, and you’ll be all set!