Let’s begin this post with a giant “THANK YOU!” You are what makes the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo a world-class gaming event. The community we have at this show is second to none, and without each of you and the roles you fill there would not be a show in Atlanta. SFGE saw an increase in numbers in every area. Pinball machines, arcade games, retro and modern consoles, and indie developers were all represented and each had increased numbers of games showings on the floor. Our attendance was up, and how could it not be? The word of mouth alone from last year would make any gamer jealous who missed our show. We added additional show sponsors and without them we couldn’t bring you such an expanded schedule with more sessions, more prizes and more fun. The only thing SFGE did not have more of this year was space.
2016 Venue Announcement
We have pushed the limits of Century Center to the max, both in size and in power. Every post, podcast, and article expects SFGE to change venues in 2016, and they were right. Finding new space for a unique show like ours is not an easy task. We have worked numerous hours to negotiate a contract with the beautiful AAA 4-Diamond Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center. This family-friendly hotel is conveniently located off I-285, directly connected to Cobb Galleria Convention Centre, and just a short walk to nearby Cumberland Mall and Vinings Jubilee. Most importantly, the new location provides the one thing we need most: space. We have secured over 35k square feet of convention space. (That’s almost double our floor print from this year!) We’re also pleased to announce that we worked with Marriott to negotiate a nightly room rate of only $114. Trust us, if you thought the Century Center hotel had nice rooms, wait till you see these.
Expanding Our Focus in 2016
We’ll always remain true to our video game and pinball roots, but this year we have also decided to expand the SFGE gaming lineup. In addition to our amazing electronic gaming this year we’re proud to present… tabletop gaming. Now you and your pals can take a break from your 4 player Gauntlet game and sit down for Settlers of Catan, Dominion, or Cards Against Humanity. If we didn’t go late enough for you in 2015, board gaming will take 2016 to the next level and run all night long! #WhySleep. More details about tabletop gaming at #SFGE2016 will be available very soon.
Keep Supporting the Show!
So this is the part where you come in. We are super excited about the future of SFGE and our 2016 show and we hope these little teases of 2016 are exactly what you need to commit early to the show. How can you do that? We’re so glad you asked. The hotel booking is available now.
Increased space means we must secure more rooms at the hotel. Last year, we sold out the hotel and dozens of folks missed out on the room rate because reservations filled up so quickly. There is no deposit so book your room and don’t worry about missing your chance at our discounted rate. Plus, you can always cancel if your plans change. If you are local, consider booking a room at the hotel as well! The show offers so many activities well into the evening, you should just make it easy on yourself and party with us all night long!
We also are opening up tickets for SFGE2016 next week and the first two weeks of ticket sales we will run at our best price of the season. We will post this on all of our social as soon as it goes live.
As you can see we listened and have grown the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo to a BIGGER & BETTER show in 2016. Thank you for all you’ve done to turn SFGE into the best gaming destination in the Southeast, and we look forward to seeing you June 10-12, 2016!
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo Team