Are you ready for one of biggest gaming and pop culture conventions this year? AcadArena is bringing back the CONQuest Festival 2023, a convention that celebrates gaming, music, and pop culture in a three-day festival that’s happening from 2 to 4 June.
It’s bigger than ever, so if you want to come prepared, read on! Here’s everything you need to know about the CONQuest Festival 2023.
Who’s coming to CONQuest 2023?
Headliners for this year’s event will include some of the biggest content creators like Valkyrae, Fuslie, Pokimane, Sykkuno, Ariasaki, Lilypichu, and members of the popular content group OfflineTV.
Kyedae, a prominent streamer turned VALORANT pro, will also be back to join the festivities.
Several anime and gaming voice actors will be attending, too, with seven of them giving life to Genshin Impact characters. Vanille Velasquez, the first Filipino Riot Games voice actor for VALORANT and League of Legends, will also be present.
You can also meet prominent cosplayers like Singapore-based content creators Rurusama, Neo Komaru, Yosuke Sora, Malaysian-based content creator Ristelle, and popular local cosplay talents like Charess, JinBehindInfinity, and more as you roam around different venues.
The list is quite long—with a variety of streamers, content creators, game developers, music artists, representing their passion in different genres, so for a full list of special guests attending, you may click here.
Where will the event be held?
The event will be set in five locations along Seashell Lane, in Pasay, Metro Manila. Most of the activities, free fan meets, panels and workshops will be held at the SMX Convention Center, the Conrad Hotel Manila, and the Mall of Asia Atrium.
For those unfamiliar with the area, it would be good to take note that Conrad, SMX and Mall of Asia are connected through the second floor.
The Seashell Lane, which is in front of SMX, will be transformed into the event’s “Food Street” where you can have a snack or a quick meal before you continue gallivanting throughout the entire Con and joining its different activities.
Here’s a map of the general area for reference:
What activities can I expect?
There’s almost everything for everyone at this event. If you’re one to enjoy learning more about your craft or are generally curious about certain topics, several workshops and panels will be available throughout the entire weekend.
For those looking to start on their journey to becoming an esports caster, head to Conrad Hotel on Day 1 for Shoutcasting 101 with Uomi, Santi and Excivous.
Love cosplay but want to improve your props? Head over the SMX Community Stage at noon for Cosplay Prop Making: Modern Day Blacksmiths on Day 3.
If you want to meet your idol, there’s the Meet Zone, an avenue for everyone to see their beloved creators and interact with them face-to-face.
This zone will also host some of the different panels and workshops lined up for those who are interested in taking them.
Also, for those who applied and were granted the CONQuest-sponsored scholarships, these will be awarded by Rae and Leslie during their MeetZone timeslots.
There are also new games from smaller developers in the Indie Zone, as well as several esports matches are happening in CONQuest too, such as the highly anticipated VALORANT Champions Tour Challengers PH Split 2, and the Alliance Games Mobile Legends match.
Drop by the Art Gallery to enjoy and appreciate some masterpieces by different visual artists, or find out more about advocacy with Gamer Grils PH, One Million Lights, Make-a-Wish PH, and more also there.
If you’re getting hungry, step outside SMX visit the “Food Street” where you can choose from a variety of cuisines from different food vendors to satisfy your craving and fuel up for the rest of day.
And if you want to just walk around, buy some merchandise or souvenirs, head over to the QuestMarket to visit the booths and shops.
Premium pass holders can also attend the Music Night on 3 June, where various artists like James Reid, Autotelic, Oh Flamingo!, Carousel Casualties, and more will perform. You can also purchase a separate Music Night add-on to join this part of the event.
For a full schedule of activities, you can click here.
How can I buy tickets?
To buy tickets, you can click this link. There are one-day passes (Saturday pass currently sold out), three-day passes, and a premium pass.
Add-ons for the Music Night, The Rose Meet and Greet, the Scamily Meet and Greet, Vtuber Meet and Greet are also available.
Where can I stay if I’m flying in from another country?
There are several hotels around the area that you can book. Most specifically, CONQuest has partnered with Conrad Manila, which will give a 15 per cent discount if you book with them. Hotel 101 also offers a hefty 50% discount for all participants.
Anna is a freelance writer and photographer. She is a gamer who loves RPGs and platformers, and is a League of Legends geek. She's also a food enthusiast who loves a good cup of black coffee.