Review by JD
Summoners Con took place the weekend before thanksgiving in Pomona, CA. During the two day con thousands of rioters attended the convention to meet pro players, voice actors/actresses, or just to be with people of their own kind.
The convention was held at the Sheraton Fairplex conference center/hotel. Though I didn’t stay at the hotel, the hotel offered a special rate for con-goers, and when the Sheraton sold out, they offered their guests an alternative hotel, with a complimentary shuttle service.
Whether you drove, walked or took a shuttle, the first thing you saw when you entered the convention were custom League of Legends statues surrounding the entrance. The registration had no printed tickets, and was all based on will call. I expected the lines to move slow, however, to my surprise I spent no more than 5 minutes waiting in line. Upon getting my badge, the staff pointed out the cosplay lounge in case I needed to get out of the main room and relax with other cosplayers.
The actual space of the convention was a little, unCONVENTIONal (sorry, I saw a pun, I went for it). I’ve been attending conventions for roughly 6 years, and this was the first convention that was for one specific game I’ve gone to. There were four main rooms I saw, there was the Challenger room (which only allowed attendees with a “challenger pass” to enter), the Main Stage (where main events and panels took place), the main entrance hallway (filled with people, guests, cosplayers and impromptu photo-shoots), and lastly was the dealers hall/ CSL Stage.
Now, I wasn’t allowed into the Challenger room, as I wasn’t a challenger, but they held special panels about specific lanes (bot, top, mid, jungle), apparently it was cool. The Main Stage was where I spent most of my time. There they held the main events, show game matches, and panels with the actors and artists. Now, this was the most technologically advanced main stage I’ve ever seen. For the panels and show matches, they used two giant TV’s to show what happening on stage or in the match, which was really nice for short people with terrible eyesight, like myself.
GG SUMMONERS CON! ~JD