AVCon hosts a wide variety of video game events, including Tournaments, Freeplay and Speedrunning. We also have a dedicated Tabletop section which includes board games, Trading Card games and RPGs. Our Tournament schedule will be online leading up to the event so keep an eye out on our website for details.
Team AVCon is proud to offer a wide variety of entertaining and challenging tournaments suitable for both hardcore competitors and fans who just want to play their favourite game. We run tournaments on all modern consoles, as well as PC, retro consoles and board games.
Our tournament rules, lineup and schedule for 2019 can be found soon.
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.
eSports, short for electronic sports, are the top-level matches between super skilled, talented gamers as they strive to defeat their opponents on a range of digital battlefields.
This event is for mature audiences.
Indie Games Room
A speedrun is a play-through of a video game performed with the intention of completing it as fast as possible. Speedruns may cover a whole game or a selected part, such as a single level. The speedrunning event at AVCon focuses on high entertainment for your viewing pleasure.
Some of the best speedrunners from all over Australia participate in the AVCon speedrunning marathon, which has been running since 2015.
Our freeplay area is a great place to hang out, take a break from your busy festival 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 freeplay area. Simply check out a station and the game you want to play, and you’ll be all set.
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, 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 volunteers.
Come on in and borrow a game from the library to play with your friends in our free Indie Board Games Room. We have 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 volunteers 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 learn-to-play sessions for anybody who’s interested in sitting down and learning about a new game.
Further information will be released soon.
Role Playing Games
A role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
Systems we’ll be running and timetables to be announced.
Trading Card Games
Welcome to the world of card games. At AVCon we will running learn to play events for a multitude of games.
For a greater challenge, test your skills against Adelaide’s best in our tournaments. So have fun and test your mettle. Come down and learn a card game today.
Indie Table Top
If you love tabletop, come and join our local game designers as they show you finished and in-development games. From card games to miniature wargames, players of all kinds can experience
Australian made creations, presented by those involved in the development. Meet some of the people behind your favourite pastime, and show your support for our growing game design and publishing industry.
The Gaming Stage
The Gaming Stage is a vibrant hub over the festival. Featuring tournament finals, exhibition games and panels the Gaming Stage showcases the best of the best in gaming.
Casual Cup – Hall H
Don’t have the time to commit for a full tournament? Perhaps just looking to pass some time, but not sure what to take out from the Freeplay library? Then the Casual Cup might have you covered! Throughout the weekend, we’re going to be holding a series of small, informal competitions across a variety of consoles, games, and eras. They’re non-committal, low effort, and primarily designed towards fun. As long as we’ve got it in our Casual Cup library, we’ll be happy to take suggestions of where to go with the area as well. It’s going to be a fluid, fun little area, and sure to be a blast!