CSU Bakersfield’s Campus Gamers To Host Second Annual RowdyCon Gaming Convention

Attention gamers in the Kern County community! California State University, Bakersfield’s Campus Gamers and RowdyCon Clubs are hosting the second annual RowdyCon on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

This is the second year for RowdyCon at CSUB, and the seventh year of charitable gaming events. The idea was modeled after Vintage Days at Fresno State and Eagle Con at CSU Los Angeles.   

 “RowdyCon serves a number of purposes,” said Student Organizations Coordinator Ed Webb. “It offers a pop culture convention on campus, connects student clubs with the community, raises money for local charity and provides an opportunity to organize a legacy event for the University.”

This will be the biggest year for the event yet with a gaming area, vendor expo and artist alley areas, which have expanded and will cover the three basketball courts in the SRC. The popular Maid Café from last year has also grown and will be in the SRC Solario Room with a stage, panels and musical performances. RowdyCon’s Cosplay Contest also will be held there.

In addition, there will be dancing, music, a children’s area and an escape room featured in the Student Union. The activities will include Virtual Reality demos, a LEGO exhibit, celebrity cosplayers, the Anvil Station Halo cosplay group, “Cosprov; Life Imitates Art,” and local “vaporwave” band Dream Sequence.

Since 2012, the Campus Gamers Club has raised more than $140,000 for the Lauren Small Children’s Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Kern County, by hosting gaming events at CSUB, Bakersfield College, Centennial High School, Taft College and Bakersfield Christian High School. The club also provides games for other local pop culture conventions like BakAnime, Bakersfield Collector-Con and Bakersfield Comic-Con.

Following the convention, there will be a cosplay contest in the Solario from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a showing of the Disney movie, “The Incredibles 2,” showing at 8 p.m. in Runner Park.

Tickets for the event are $10 for ages 13+, $5 for ages 7-12, free for ages 0-6 and free for CSUB students. Paid attendees can save $2 by bringing two non-perishable food items as a donation to the CSUB Food Pantry. Parking is free in Lots K1, K2 and K3.

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