Gaming and esports events have become a hub of the gaming culture that brings together players and fans worldwide. With giant events like E3 and PAX to smaller, more intimate events like LAN parties and fighting game tournaments, the gaming events offer solo travelers many opportunities to immerse themselves in the gaming culture and connect with fans and other gamers.
1. The world of gaming and esports events
As a solo traveler attending gaming and esports events around the world, stepping into a vibrant and expanding subculture offers numerous experiences to learn and make new friends. With so many gaming events tailored to different preferences, finding your niche within the gaming community only takes a little self-exploration. You can attend gaming events, participate in tournaments or explore the gaming exhibits and panels to meet and socialize with the audience. The gaming world offers solo travelers an almost unlimited pool of opportunities to socialize with people from all walks of life coming together to bond over their shared love of gaming.
2. Embrace your passion for gaming
Attending a gaming event makes a statement about how passionate you are about gaming, and that’s what attracts other gaming fans to you. Embracing your passion for gaming makes it easier to connect with others who share your interests, and it helps break the ice. The best places to show your enthusiasm for gaming are gaming exhibits, booths, and panels. You can also play demos to get the most out of the event. By showing your enthusiasm and getting involved, you’ll be more likely to connect with other fans.
3. Participate in gaming tournaments
Gaming tournaments organized at events offer a perfect way for solo travelers to form connections with other gamers. Being an active participant in a gaming tournament helps you meet new people with shared interests and bond over the tournament’s gameplay. Sign-up for tournaments that interest you, or create your own, and if you win or lose, you get to join a group of people who have learned to trust and rely on each other’s skill set, leading to the formation of new friendships.
4. Attend after parties and networking events
Networking events and after parties are, as the name suggests, organized specifically for attendees to make new friends and mingle. After parties and exclusive events give solo travelers a perfect chance to socialize with their peers in a relaxed atmosphere. Attendees can share gaming experiences, gaming strategies, or just have a good time and meet new people.
5. Use social media to connect beforehand
Social media is an easy way to find and connect with people before an event. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit are perfect places to start. Gaming communities are prevalent on these platforms, and solo travelers can quickly connect with other gamers and fans by introducing themselves and making plans to meet up at the event. Not only does it ensure you have someone to explore the gaming events with, but it also creates a foundation for long-lasting friendships.
6. Utilize mobile gaming apps
Mobile gaming apps are an easy way to connect with people before the game event. Apps like Find Gamers, Meetup, and GameTree allow you to join groups and connect with other attendees and build relationships before arriving at the venue. You can also message other attendees and start conversations about shared interests and gaming strategies.
7. Learn a new game
If solo travelers want to meet new people, consider learning new games. Attending workshops or tutorials and learning about a new game expands your gaming knowledge and helps form connections with people who share your passion. Learning a new game also opens up opportunities for conversation with experienced players in the gaming community who can act as mentors to you.
8. Join a gaming community
Joining the local gaming community, an online forum, or a subreddit dedicated to the event before traveling is a perfect way to connect with other attendees. With many communities existing online, it’s easy to get involved and participate in group discussions that bring like-minded individuals together. Becoming a part of the gaming community before the event helps to make new friends and secure plans to hang out at the event.
Volunteering at gaming events is an excellent way to make new connections with people. By volunteering, solo travelers have the chance to work with other gamers, volunteers, and event staff. Volunteering exposes you to other volunteers’ connections and the event’s setup, leading you to meet and make long-lasting friendships with other volunteers.
10. Be open and friendly
Being open and friendly is the most important thing to remember when looking to create new connections in gaming and esports events. The gaming culture subculture is friendly and open to new people, and your eagerness to make friends will only escalate the people’s approach to you. Do not be afraid to introduce yourself, start a conversation, or merely smile and say hi. Being friendly and approachable attracts people you wouldn’t have met otherwise and creates new lifelong friendships.