Horizons Project (student content creation program) and the Southwest Baptist University
Libraries are partnering together to host the 2018 Southwest Coming and Gaming Expo!
This fun, family-friendly event will involve activities across the SBU campus including
trivia games, cosplay contest, esports expert guest speakers, and more. An event highlight
will be the first-ever middle school and high school Fortnite tournament. Read below
for more information.
- What: Comic and Gaming Expo
- Who: Area youth, SBU students, community members and families
- When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, Noon-6 p.m.
- Where: SBU Campus; comic and tabletop gaming expo will be held in the Library and esports
expo will be held in Taylor Center
- Cost: $1 admission (free for kids aged 6 and under) for events in library; esports expo
and Fortnite tournament are FREE for all to attend
Pre-registration is not required, but is recommended.
Comic and Tabletop Gaming Expo Highlights
- Guest speaker: J. Christopher Wilson, elementary school teacher and writer of "The
Wards of Iasos" will present on "Should Kids Read Comics?" Come learn about the benefits
of reading comics and how Wilson uses comics in education.
- Guest speaker: Author Marc Allie will discuss his latest book in his presentation,
"The Thing from the Drive-In: Behind the Scenes."
- Cosplay contest
- Escape room
- Trivia contest
- Vendor exhibits
- Prize giveaways throughout the event
Esports Expo highlights
- Open Rocket League Tournament (sign-up begins at 11 a.m.)
- Mario Kart free play
- VR demos
- Twitch meet-up
- Q&A sessions
- Informational presentations:
- "Streaming meet Homework" with scholarship streamer Braden Gilbert
- "Life of a Varsity LOL Player" with SBU's varsity esports team
- "How to Catch a Collegiate Esports Coach's Eye" with Chris Allison, SBU esports coach
- "How to Start Streaming" with members of Horizons Project, moderated by Tyler Dugger
of Solid Rock Gamers
- And more!
- Special Guest Speaker: Pete Vlastelica, CEO of MLG (an Activision Blizzard company),
will present about the Overwatch league and how professional gaming has changed in
- Remote Guest Speaker: Steve Arhancet, Co-CEO and Owner of Team Liquid
- LIVE Overwatch League watch party at 7 p.m. in Student Union
Area middle school and high school students are invited to participate in the first-ever
youth Fortnite Tournament! All players will compete in a survival format where points
are awarded for placement and eliminations. The top 48 players will advance to the
finals. Middle school students will compete for in-game currency given in the form
of a $25 Visa gift card. The winner of the high school division will receive a $400
scholarship to SBU! Fortnite tournament sign-up begins at 11 a.m.