Gaming Hall

Gaming at Otakon is huge! If you thought our Video Gaming Hall in previous years was good, well you’re in for a treat since we have expanded it even more!  We're filling an entire hall of the convention center with video games from all eras, classics you remember, current games you love, plenty of games straight from Japan, and games by Indie Developers! Show off your skills and compete against your fellow con goers in casual play or enter one of our tournaments.

Arcade Machines

THREE groups will be providing arcade cabinets this year!  

Arcade List (Subject to Change)

  • Sound Voltex x2
  • Chuunithm
  • Múseca
  • Bishi Bashi
  • Gundam Vs x4
  • Initial D Zero x2
  • Beatmania IIDX
  • Project Diva x2
  • Beatstream x2
  • Crossbeats
  • Gunslinger Straos
  • Groove Coaster
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Pump It Up
  • Dance Evolution
  • Scotto
  • GitaDora
  • Synchronica
  • Jubeat x4
  • MaiMai
  • Future Tom Tom
  • Taiko no Tatsujin
  • Pop'n Music
  • Theatrhythm
  • Stepmaniax
  • Capcom vs SNK 2
  • Third Strike
  • Super Turbo
  • Fate Unlimited/Codes
  • Melty Blood AACC
  • Gundam MBON
  • Project Justice
  • Fighting Layer
  • Dancing Eyes
  • Metal Slug X
  • Alien vs Predator
  • Viper Phase 1
  • DoDon Pachi
  • En-Eins Perfektewelt
  • Elevator Action Returns
  • KoF98
  • Windjammers
  • Magical Drop 3
  • Strikers 1945+
  • uBeats x2
  • Sound Voltex
  • Beatstream
  • Killer Queen


Indie Isles

We will have a dedicated Indie Isles area for independent gaming developers to showcase their latest work!  Come by the area, try their games and give them your support!  A list of Indie Developers already confirmed at the show include the following:

Virtual Reality (VR) Experience

Powered by UGL and Baz, LLC, we will have 16 VR setups this year!  The stations have the Oculus Quest 2 and Valve Index as devices able to use.  They have partnered with many companies to showcase their VR experiences here!

General Rules

Be Polite and please remember:

  • No Fighting
  • No Abusive Behavior
  • Be sure to eat/drink during the convention, but...
  • Do not eat/drink near any of the TVs and Consoles
  • Be hygienic (shower and deodorant)
  • Do not touch the consoles
  • Do not exit out of a game or go into the main menu screen
  • Do not steal
  • Try not to break or mistreat any of the gaming equipment
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended
  • Staff are not responsible for your personal belongings

Additional COVID-19 Precautions and Recommendations

  • There will not be a cap in attendance within the Gaming Hall
  • Keep masks on at all times unless eating or drinking in designated areas
  • Use sanitizer (yours or ones provided) before & after touching equipment
  • Respect personal space

If there is a line waiting to play, please limit your play time to the following:

Single Player Game:    

  • 1 Life Set OR 3 Songs OR 30 minutes (whichever is shortest)

Multiplayer Games:


  • Winner stays
  • All other players MUST give up their controller to the next player in line.
  • If there are not enough new players to fill up the empty seats, then the Second (and possibly Third) placed player(s) may remain seated

Rock Band/Just Dance

  • A playgroup may only play ONE (1) song. After the song is finished they MUST offer their spot to the next person in line.
  • If no one wants to play your particular instrument, you may continue playing.

Any Other Music Game

  • A playgroup may play one game, comprised of TWO (2) to THREE (3) songs depending on the game. After the game is finished they MUST offer their spot to the next person in line.

By entering the Otakon Video Game Room you acknowledge the above rules and agree to adhere to them. Breaking any may result in you being asked to leave the Video Game Room or having your badge revoked.


Please talk to a Video Game Room Staffer if:

  • A piece of equipment is not working properly so that it can be fixed/replaced with a working one as soon as possible.
  • You would like to switch out a game and there is an open set-up. Please be aware that we will generally not allow personal games to be played (evaluated on a case by case basis) and that we can not comply with all requests.
  • You notice someone is breaking any of the above rules so that corrective action can be taken.

Video Game Tournaments

NOTE: All console tournaments for 2022 require you to BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER


Otakon would like to once again extend its welcome to our gaming tournament hosts United Gaming League (UGL). they are providing the stream production, event staffing, and gaming setups for consoles being provided.  For more information about this organization be sure to check out their website at

United Gaming League (UGL) is an electronic sports (esports) organization with a goal of becoming the premier organization of its type in the world. Their mission is to consistently provide the most professional as well as efficient esports experience for competitors and spectators. UGL acknowledges that potential gaming can have on communities outside of the competitive gaming community and strive to remain actively involved in the local communities in which UGL events are hosted as they do not only see their events as just a passion, but a social responsibility to those who make it possible to make them happen in the first place. Through events, UGL hopes to showcase the greatest side of the city that they involve themselves in while also being aware of its problems and providing our assistance with the hopes of resolving them via our medium of entertainment.

These are the MAJOR prize winning tournaments for the year of 2022, other small tournaments will be posted inside of the game room upon decision between staff members. First place prize will include an Otakon pass for next year.  Top finishers (typically top 3) will also receive prizes from our sponsors.  We will not be accepting any systems to help run tournaments unless the decision is approved by the head of the Gaming Hall. 

Many of these tournaments will take place at our dedicated tournament area that will include seats for spectators.

Tournaments sign up are done through here at their scheduled start times as indicated below once available. If you have to go to the bathroom and/or have important matters to attend to, please let a staff member who is running the tournament know. If you leave the area and miss your turn, you are disqualified. If it is the first round, we will happily give your spot to someone who wants to play.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, console tournaments this year are BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER.

Schedule - Sign up here

11am - Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles
11am - Tekken 7 (PS4) 

11am - Mario Kart 8 - 2v2
11am - Guilty Gear Strive (PS4)
3pm - DDR (Arcade)
3pm - Pump It Up (Arcade)
6pm - Mario Kart 8 - 12 Man FFA
6pm - Killer Queen 5v5 - (Arcade)

Trading Card Game (TCG) Tournaments

Otakon would like to once again extend its welcome to our TCG tournament partners Pro-Play Games!

Pro-Play Games (PPG)  is a premiere tournament organizer for Trading Card Games. They offer various card gaming products and accessories including Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon, Digimon, Dragonball Super, Final Fantasy, Cardfight Vanguard, Flesh & Blood. Additionally to tournaments Pro-Play Games streams and broadcasts these events to a live audience via Twitch and Youtube. Pro-Play Games prides itself in bringing the big games and big tournaments to the player with various conventions and Webcam events. Pro-Play Games, where the Pro’s come to play!

Pro-Play Games is a brick and mortar presence in Miami, FL – home to over 20,000 subscribers on YouTube, and over 8,000 followers on Facebook. Known heavily as a one stop shop for all TCG related accessories, cards, and games – Pro-Play Games brings the best and most competitive prices to supplement any TCG event.

Schedule - More info here

11am - Yu-Gi-Oh Case tournament 
12pm - Pokemon TCG Case tournament 
12pm - Digimon Regional Championships
1pm - Dragon Ball Super Card Game
Regional Championships
On Demand
Magic: the Gathering Drafts
Commander Pods


Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following companies for providing prize support for our Video Game Tournaments:


Hours of Operation

Location: Hall D

Operational Hours:

Day Open Close  
Friday 10 AM 1 AM  
Saturday 10 AM 1 AM  
Sunday 10 AM 3 PM