Salt Lake Comic Con announced that they have acquired a 50 percent ownership stake in Salt Lake Gaming Con. Salt Lake Gaming Con is one of the top 10 gaming conventions in the United States, with its inaugural three-day event drawing more than 15,000 gamers. Salt Lake Gaming Con features video games, board games, gaming tournaments and competitions, and a variety of other activities, making it the perfect fit for gaming fans of all interests.
Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg founded Salt Lake Comic Con in 2013 and in just six events have built it into one of the country’s largest comic cons. The duo not only produced Salt Lake Comic Con, but also created the marketing strategy that made it the largest first-time comic con in North America, became the most attended convention in Utah, and attracted some of the biggest celebrities in the business, including Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Sebastian Stan and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to provide our fans in the Rocky Mountain area with fun, unique and once-in-a-lifetime events, and Salt Lake Gaming Con meets all of these requirements,” said Farr. “It will be exciting to watch gaming fans of all ages interact with and compete against fellow gamers in an environment that encourages them to follow their gaming passions.”
Farr and Brandenburg’s backgrounds make them a perfect fit for Salt Lake Gaming Con. Prior to founding Salt Lake Comic Con, Farr co-founded Daz 3D Inc. in 2000. Daz 3D is the world’s foremost experts at developing and publishing 3D digital content and software for over 1 million creative professionals, hobbyists and game developers around the world. Brandenburg started his career as a video game designer and programmer, and co-founded two of the largest independent game development companies in the country, producing titles for Disney, Microsoft and Hasbro.
“I’m thrilled to be able to partner with Dan and Bryan and leverage their expertise in the comic con industry, as well as the gaming and 3D publishing industries,” said Jake Williams, founder of Salt Lake Gaming Con. “I know that together we can provide our fans with the types of experiences that will feed their gaming passion, while making us a premier gaming destination in the western United States.”
More than 88 percent of the U.S. population plays games. At Salt Lake Gaming Con there is something for everyone.
“We’re excited to partner with Salt Lake Gaming Con and confident that our combined expertise will help take the event to new heights,” said Brandenburg. “Our comic con events have been a phenomenal success in Utah and the surrounding area. We are confident that we can make Salt Lake Gaming Con a premier gaming destination in the region.”
Salt Lake Gaming Con 2016 is June 2-4, 2016 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. In addition to gaming, the event will feature gaming cosplayers, celebrity gamers, game developers and programmers. To buy tickets to the event, visit Salt Lake Gaming Con at GrowTix.
Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 is September 1-3, 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.