Next event - Change of Location

The SWVA Gaming team is hard at work to finalize the details for our next major gaming event (April 9, 2016).

We are moving locations from last year due to some unfortunate circumstances at the Bristol Mall (uncertainty). We want everyone to know that all of the local staff at the Bristol Mall were awesome last year for all three of our events, and we very much appreciate all of their help. Its an overused phrase, but we could not have done it without them!

With our new location at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (I-81 exit 14 - Abingdon, VA), we have a huge venue to bring you tons of gaming and fun. Their Grand Hall is 13,000 square feet! As many of you will notice, this will be a return to a single large space for the event, similar to our Lebanon location of times past. I know it will offer a wonderful opportunity for everyone to mingle and take-part in all of the events and activities.

Once again OptiNet has stepped up with major sponsorship and event coordination.  Mulligan's Gaming of Kingsport TN is continuing their support of the event with tabletop gaming. The Tri-Cities Smash group will be hosting the Super Smash Bros. tournament, and of course, Caleb, Taran and Zak are a major part of the team.

We received a great deal of feedback after last year's events and we hope to incorporate many of those ideas. You will see more information very soon about purchasing tickets for the event and tournaments. One change we can announce is that we will be offering a spectator ticket this year (at a reduced cost) for anyone that wants to accompany an attendee but not directly participate.

Keep an eye on this site, Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Posted on January 26, 2016 .

You thought we were dead?

Nope.

It's been a long time since you've heard anything from us. To be quite frank, we thought we were done too. We even made a major announcement at the end of the last event. Due to popular demand, we are working on bringing the gaming community back together again for another round of DiveKick, some FPS craziness, and anything else you want to see at the party.

While we have discussed some of the details, we are still working toward a more solid announcement.

This is where you come in. SWVA Gaming needs input. What games do you want played at the event. Were you happy with the way things have been? What would you change?

Take our past surveys, comment on this post, email us personally. We want to know your thoughts.

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Posted on October 3, 2014 .

SWVA Gaming : VII

Event

Date

Time

Location

Admission

SWVA Gaming : VII

September 14th, 2013

Noon - Midnight

Russell County Conference Center

$15.00 / $20.00


The time has come for our seventh major LAN! We haven't changed much since SWVA Gaming : VI, but the changes we have made are worth mentioning! As most of you are aware, our last major LAN was our largest ever with over 80 gamers, geeks and PC enthusiasts in attendance. Our goal for SWVA Gaming : VII is to hit 100 gamers for the first time ever! We're super excited about how much we've grown, and we're even more excited about where we're headed.

So, with that, below is a list of things we've changed for this and future LANs. Please keep in mind, these decisions were made to better accommodate the events and attendees as a whole, and are by no means intended to upset anyone.


Where's the food?

Change of plans! We will have Papa John's pizza on site for all attendees!

The first (and probably the most drastic) change we've made is that we will no longer be providing food for our guests. We've been providing free and unlimited food for everyone since we started hosting major LANs, and we agree it's been a huge benefit. The problem we've run into is how fast we as a community have grown; it's simply impossible to accommodate all of our guests and what is expected when we advertise "free food". If you're semi-new to our LANs, to give you an idea of our growth, we've gone from roughly 30 gamers to over 80 in under two years. Based on feedback from our post-event surveys, it seems that the food (pizza) we typically provide has been sub-par, and lower quality than is expected. Given our location, we have no real way to rectify this given our budget. In the future, we are considering having food on-hand for sale; these details still need to be worked out though, and will not be available at SWVA Gaming : VII. We do want to continue our commitment to provide free drinks for everyone though - all night, all you want; we will still have unlimited soda and water for every attendee. The decision to discontinue free pizza for everyone leads into our next change for SWVA Gaming : VII...

Pre-registration Discounts

It's not fair of us to take away free food and charge the same admission. Because of our new stance on free food, we're going to start offering early registration discounts for all of our tickets - PC, tabletop and console. This will help to offset the cost of buying food for yourself for the night, but will also help us in planning for drinks, tournaments, and general event details. Having an accurate headcount before the day of the LAN is a huge help for us, and we think this might be a way to encourage the community to rsvp ahead of time.  As you can see above, the price for this LAN is set at $15.00 early registration and $20.00 the week of / at-the-door.

Limited Seating for PCs

Because of our rapid growth, and due to the power constraints of the conference center, we're going to be limiting this event to the first 40 PCs that register. We haven't decided yet on a hard limit, so we will also be implementing a waiting list through Eventbrite. Once we re-evaluate our power capacities, we may or may not open up additional seats for PC guests. Grab your seat soon! When PC seats fill up, we absolutely can not allow any additional PCs! We're going to work with the conference center to see how we can fit additional PCs at future events - and we will also be doing our own experimenting with power limits by slowing increasing the number of PCs we allow at each major event.


As far as major announcements, that about sums it up. We do hope the community understands our reasoning behind these changes, and we always welcome your feedback. We will be posting links on this page in the near future to our event schedule, tournaments, and other LAN related activities very soon so keep checking back! As always, we are looking very forward to seeing all of you at the LAN! -SWVA Gaming Staff

Posted on September 14, 2013 .

SWVA Gaming : VI

Date

Time

Location

Admission

Seats

April 20th, 2013

Noon - Midnight

Russell County Conference Center

$15.00

150


What Games Are Played?
Everything! Different games are played at every event, but some of the more popular games for previous events has included:

  • League of Legends
  • Starcraft II
  • Halo 4
  • Magic: The Gathering (tabletop)
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • D&D
  • Much more!

What Can I Win?
We still have sponsor announcements coming in, but you can expect to have a fair shot at several thousand dollars worth of PC gaming gear and cash prizes. Our last major event gave away ~$4,000 in prizes!

What Tournaments Will There Be?
We’re still very much in the planning stages, but our tournaments will likely include Halo 4 (2v2) | Hosted by Pandemonium Gaming, League of Legends (teams TBD), and some form of Magic: The Gathering (booster draft, and similar). If you plan on competing in a team tournament, you should start getting your teams ready now! (this is especially true for Halo 2v2) We will send out announcements in the coming weeks for team registrations.

Halo 4 Players:  You should register for the event ASAP, and add the Halo 4 Tournament to your ticket ($5). Once the tournament registration opens, you will be able to tell us your registration ID and who your partner is; your partner will also be required to have a valid registration ID before being added to your team.

Who Do I Contact For Questions?
The best way to contact us with questions is to send an email to info@swvagaming.com or post on our Facebook

Posted on March 13, 2013 .

The April LAN

Hey Everyone!

First and most importantly, A list of raffle ticket winners is up on the site here! Check it out and send us a message through our Facebook page if you have a winning ticket. This event was only possible because of our sponsors. Please, take a moment to like their Facebook and even drop them a line about some of the awesome gear you saw at the LAN! Our Platinum Sponsors:

We need your feedback! Help us improve our next event by taking an anonymous survey! Thanks to everyone that came out!

Posted on April 23, 2012 .