For over 20 years, QuakeCon has united fans of first person shooters and personal computers under one roof. Debuting as a fan convention with just over 100 attendees in a local Garland, Texas Best Western, QuakeCon has significantly grown into a newsworthy event. And with a series of high profile speakers, panels, and announcements, this year's looks to be the most important in recent memory.
ID Software owner Bethesda has announced the schedule for 2018's QuakeCon. Festivties kick of on Thursday, August 9 with The Elder Scrolls: Legends tournament. The digital card competition will carry through to Friday evening, with a total of $50,000 given out to winners.
Staying true to tradition, the Quake Champions tournament takes place Friday through Sunday night. 2 Versus 2 competitors will play for a piece of the $175 thousand prize poll. Winning allies will turn enemies as they are ushered into the separate 1 Versus 1 contest for the grand price of $25 thousand.
Friday evening will also see the annual keynote address, covering the future plans for key franchises such as The Elder Scrolls Online and RAGE 2. Most significantly, ID Software's Hugo Martin and Marty Stratton will showcase the first gameplay footage of the recently announced sequel Doom Eternal. The event will also be broadcast on Twitch on August 10th, 12 PM ET/11 AM CT.
The following day will see Betheda's Todd Howard give an extended talk on the customization systems of Fallout 76. Followed by a Q&A with select members of the development team. This too will be broadcast on Twitch and Mixer on August 11th, 12 PM ET/11 AM CT.
More fan and Bethesda panels will be announced in the next couple weeks. QuakeCon takes place between Thursday, August 9 and Sunday, August 12. For the first time in convention history, the floor will be open all day Friday.