Gaming Hall

Video Games

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.

Hours of Operation

Location: Hall D

Operational Hours:

Day Open Close  
Friday 10 AM 12 AM  
Saturday 10 AM 12 AM  
Sunday 10 AM 3 PM  

Arcade Machines

We would like to thank our friends at Snow Phoenix for providing arcade machines in the Gaming Hall this year! Snow Phoenix is an arcade dedicated to bringing conventions the very best in Japanese arcades! With a stock of super unique cabinets, they are always ready and excited to be able to help take con game rooms to the next level!

Arcade Cabinet List (Subject to Change):

  • Sound Voltex
  • Theatrhythm
  • Gunslinger Stratos x2
  • Project Diva x2
  • Gitadora Guitarfreaks
  • Gitadora Drummania
  • Reflecbeat x2
  • Chunithm
  • Beatmania IIDX
  • MaiMai
  • Pop n Music
  • Taiko no Tatsujin
  • Museca
  • Beatstream x2
  • Groove Coaster x2
  • Synchronica
  • Jubeat x4
  • Future TomTom
  • Bishi Bashi Channel
  • Gundam EXVS MBON x4
  • Dance Evolution
  • Initial D 8 x2
  • Initial D Zero x2
  • DDR
  • Pump It Up
  • Scotto
  • Candy cabs x7 (3 head to head pair + 1 2p)



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:

... And More!

Virtual Reality (VR) Experience

The Augment Arcade will be providing a Virtual Reality (VR) Experience for attendees to try.  There will be no additional cost in trying this experience!

Working Hours:

  • Fri: 12:00pm to 12:00am
  • Sat: 10:00am to 12:00am
  • Sun: 10:00am to 3:00pm

The Augment Arcade is also sponsoring a Night Club event with further details in the links below:

Handheld Area

Did you bring your Nintendo 3DS, Switch, or any other handheld console? Well come play and meet other fellow players in our Handheld Area!  Here is where you can either relax and play your one-player game, or go play with your fellow attendees on some multiplayer battles and races!  Located near the tabletop area, we’ll have a bunch of tables and chairs for you to sit, along with some surge protectors set up for you to charge up your handheld console!


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 tournaments for 2021 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 2021, 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.   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, tournaments this year are BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER.


  • 3:00pm - Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)
  • 7:00pm – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Top 8 (Switch) [See note below]
    • 3:00 PM - Pool A
    • 4:00 PM - Pool B
    • 5:00 PM - Pool C
    • 6:00 PM - Pool D


  • 1:00pm – Tekken 7 (PS4)
  • 4:00pm – Guilt Gear Strive (PS4)
  • 7:00pm – Smash Bros. Ultimate Top 8 (Switch) [See note below]
    • 1:00 PM - Pool A
    • 2:30 PM - Pool B
    • 4:00 PM - Pool C
    • 5:30 PM - Pool D


  • Mario Kart 8 will be capped at 64 players and played in 4 pools that starting at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm with the Top 8 starting at around 7pm Friday
  • Smash Bros. Ultimate will be capped at 128 players and will be played in 4 pools that start at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, and 5:30pm with the Top 8 starting at around 7pm Saturday.

Rules for each game are located on their website here

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.


  • Final Fantasy Extravaganza
    Tournament Info
    Registration: 12PM - 12:45PM
    Round 1 Start: 1PM
  • Digimon Extravaganza
    Tournament Info
    Registration: 11AM-11:45AM
    Round 1 Start: 12PM


  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza
    Tournament Info
    Registration: 10AM-10:45AM
    Round 1 Start: 11PM
  • Dragon Ball Super Extravaganza
    Tournament Info
    Registration: 11AM-11:45AM
    Round 1 Start: 12PM


Special Thanks

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