eBash @ Gen Con History
eBash was approached by Gen Con in 2012 to bring eSports to their primarily board and card game convention. We were able to coordinate with our partners at Alienware and launch our Esports room at their 2014 show. That first year we featured just two panel rooms inside the Indiana Convention Center. In 2015 we grew into 3 panel rooms and then in 2016 and 2017 we were in five panel rooms. Each year along with expanding our footprint we have also expanded our tournament and game offerings as well as added new partners and developers in our space.
Traditional eBash Events at Gen Con
Esports events in the eBash Gaming Zone for Gen Con have always been focused on making it easy for individuals to jump right into competitions all weekend long.On the casual side there are always hourly systems available for players to just sit down and play against others in custom Minecraft servers or join network games in Hearthstone, CS GO and others. Our unique stat tracking and ranking system allows players to link their accounts and just play normal online games as well.
Besides casual events we hold hundreds of bracketed events all weekend for the most popular eSports games. The evergreen titles are always there such as League of Legends, Hearthstone, Smash Brothers, Halo, Call of Duty and Street Fighter. However we are also now featuring games such as Overwatch, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm and even indie games from partners who attend the show with us.
2017 Hearthstone Amateur Tournament
In 2016 we hosted a $1,500 payout Hearthstone tournament and 32 spots sold in less than an hour when tickets were released. We bumped the field to 48 and those all sold well before the show.
In 2017 we raised the bar and providing a $2,500 prize pool. 64 tickets were available through the Gen Con ticket system for this double elimination tournament.
2017 Room Layout
We expanded in 2017 to even more tournaments and specific upgrades include:
- 7 stage matches, up from 2 stage matches in 2016
- Hearthstone tournament moving to $5,000 payout, up from $1,500 in 2016
- Adding 1000 tickets for CS GO amateur competition
- Adding 1000 tickets for Overwatch Randoms Competitions