About the Vancouver Gaming Expo & Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo.
The Greater Vancouver Area has a large gaming community and a need for more large-scale community events. On March 17th 2012 we began with the 1st annual Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo. The event sold out at The Columbia Theatre and was a massive success, leading to our next event the Vancouver Gaming Expo in November 2012. The Gaming Expo merged with other conventions into Northwest Fan Fest in 2014, but the Vancouver RETRO Gaming Expo continues yearly and in 2016 (our 5th year) moved into the Anvil Centre, a bigger new venue that allowed for considerable growth in the following years.
Modelled after similar events in other cities (shout out to PRGE), we've taken the basics of: Vendors, Gaming, Tournaments, Costumes, etc. and spiced it up a bit with a licensed venue, some awesome old-school music, live bands, special guests and other gaming themed entertainment unique to the Vancouver area. Every year we add more content, and we encourage the community to get involved and help grow the event.
The Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is run by a team of dedicated volunteers organized by Phase 3 Events, owned by Brian Hughes of Gamedeals Video Games. It will run every year in the late May timeframe and will likely continue to be a single day event in order to keep the ticket prices low and the quality of the content at it's best. We've had a lot of fun in the years past and look forward to evolving the show further.