Video Gaming Hall

Video Games

Video 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 1 AM  
Saturday 10 AM 1 AM  
Sunday 10 AM 3 PM  

Back by popular demand, Tokyo Attack is making a return to the game room this year, meaning that we will also have a large assortment of Japanese arcade games on freeplay! Some of the variety of games that will be available for freeplay includes:

  • beatmania IIDX
  • pop'n music (2 Cabinets)
  • jubeat (8 Cabinets)
  • MÚSECA BeatStream (2 Cabinets)
  • DanceDanceRevolution (2 Cabinets)
  • Initial D ARCADE STAGE 8 Infinity (4 Cabinets)
  • Taiko no Tatsujin (2 Cabinets)
  • Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
  • Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!)
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone (2 Cabinets)
  • maimai MURASAKi
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition (2-cab head-to-head)
  • Tekken 7: Fated Retribution (2-cab head-to-head)
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle (2-cab head-to-head)
  • DRAGON BALL FighterZ (2 Pair, 2-cab head-to-head)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (2-cab 4-player head-to-head)
  • Cyber Troopers Virtual-On
  • Oratorio Tangram (2-cab head-to-head)
  • Gitadora Guitar
  • Gitadora Drum
  • Silent Scope Bone Eater Gunslinger Stratos (2 Cabinets)
  • Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna (Gundam Battle Pods) (4 Cabinets)

* List updated 7/20/2018

We will also have various Pachinko and Pachislo machines sponsored by Clover Collectables for free-play! 


Indie Isles

For the first time this year, we will have a dedicated Indie Isles area for independant gaming developers to showcase their latest work!  Come by the area, try their games and give them your support!  There will be a variety of unique single and multiplayer games for you to try!  We will be having an “Fan’s Choice Award” to the best Indie Booth so make sure you vote for your favorite developer!  A list of Indie Developers already confirmed at the show include the following:



Our friends at Nintendo and Microsoft will be present at our Gaming Hall!  Be sure to look for them during the following hours as they will have a booth with games to play and some free swag!

Nintendo - 10am to 6pm Sat & 10am to 3pm Sun

Microsoft - 10am to 4pm


We would like to also welcome the Augment VR Arcade to the Gaming Hall!  Locally a few minutes away in Washington DC, they are is a high-end arcade and bar, featuring the latest gaming technologies by Alienware, NVIDIA, Intel, and HTC with a multitude of experiences to choose from.  Play games, explore Google Earth, experience art and more in VR.

Please check their website for more info and their operating hours!   They  currently have virtual reality machines with the following technical specifications:

HTC Vive w/ deluxe audio strap
Alienware Aurora
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition with 8GB GDDR5X
Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor
850W PSU Liquid Cooled Chassis

They will be bringing a VR Experiance in the Gaming Hall for attendees to play on Friday and Saturday


Handheld Area

Did you bring your Nintendo 3DS, Switch, Vita, 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!  Looking for more StreetPasses on your 3DS?!? Come here!  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

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/Dance Central

  • 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 contain 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 not allow personal games to be played 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


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

Gamers, whether it be a casual or even a professional gamer, are inherently drawn to not only playing against top-level competition but also be able to replay it from a crisp stream. Those two tenants led to the creation of the United Gaming League (UGL): an esports organization that uniquely specializes in not only supplying the hype with our supply of consoles, PCs, and broadcasting equipment but also providing the hype via our lineup of shoutcasters, social media personalities, and/or competitive gamers. Our goal is to provide a place where even the smallest of communities will have representation at our events since we are at the end of the day we’re all gamers. #UnitedWeGame

These are the MAJOR prize winning tournaments for the year of 2018, other small tournaments will be posted inside of the game room upon decision between staff members. 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 begin ONE HOUR before the announced start time; once the brackets and/or pools are done, the tournament will begin. 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.

We welcome everyone to bring their own controller/arcade stick to minimize wait times for controllers.

There will be a binder of general rules and tournament specific rules. This binder will be available to view once the game room opens.


  • 12:00pm - Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (PS4)
  • 3:00pm – Blaz Blue: Cross Tag Battle (PS4)
  • 6:00pm – Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)


  • 12:00pm – Street Fighter V Arcade Edition (PS4)
  • 5:00pm – Tekken 7 (PS4)
  • 8:00pm – Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)

New Tournaments may be announced at the convention if time permits and games are available.

Special Thanks

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

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Tournament Specific Rules

Rules TBD