Games Done Quick event attendance is open to the general public. You don't need to be a speedrunner, and you don't need to volunteer! You do need to register to attend! See below for all the information you need.
Registration opens on October 26, 2018. Hotel reservation and group rates will be available then.
The event hotel has created an additional block of single (King) rooms, with a rollaway cot added, for $139/night. Rooms are available from June 23rd to July 1st. This additional block is not combined with the main block, and thus more expensive, so we recommend checking availability with the main block first to see if there have been cancellations.
If you wish to book a room in the overflow block, click here.
This event will be taking place at the DoubleTree Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis Hotel, located in Bloomington, MN. The group rate is available by using the "Book Rooms for Event" option on the right.
Single and Double bed rooms are $120/night. Poolside cabana rooms are $150/night (HOTEL NOTE: Any references to Poolside rooms at $120/night are incorrect, the correct pricing will be used during the hotel reservation process).
The hotel will be creating a special budget menu for attendees. All guest rooms now have a minifridge. Note that the hospitality area for this hotel will be considerably smaller than the past, so plan accordingly.
The hotel has a large number of free parking spots available.
New to this event is an outdoor area especially reserved for GDQ attendees. We are investigating different opportunities for games in this area, including bean bag toss (cornhole), basketball hoops, etc. If you have any suggestions for outdoor games you'd like to see, send them to our Twitter!
The hotel has an indoor pool, fitness room, and coin operated laundry room.
This hotel has a free shuttle service. The hotel will be running shuttles to and from the airport the whole week, but note that shuttles do not run overnight. Exact shuttle schedules will be provided in our attendee email, sent a couple weeks prior to the event. The hotel will also offer free shuttles on demand to the nearby Mall of America, when available.
The hotel has free wifi for those staying at the hotel. However, we ask that you please refrain from using the wifi for watching the event stream. The hotel will be broadcasting our stream on all guest room televisions.
The hotel has a number of food options in walking distance, in addition to the Mall of America and downtown options available via public transit. The hotel will be working to setup a late night snack/meal booth, which will be open depending on demand. The hotel will be working on a few food trucks as well (however, this is not guaranteed).
The event starts at 12PM local time on October 26, and ends early morning October 28 (typically 12AM-3AM). There is a setup/unpack day prior and teardown/packing on the last day. However, various event services, restaurant deals, and materials may not be available outside the main event.
We have plans in place if the hotel becomes fully booked. If you do not get a room at the main event, don't fret! Check back here for overflow hotel options.
When you sign in with the registration desk at the event, you will receive a badge. In order to pick up a badge, you must have a valid government issued photo ID (passport, drivers license, state ID, etc). If you do not have one, make sure to get one immediately, as IDs can take weeks or more to obtain. The badge is valid for the entire event, including setup days. REMEMBER: You must pay for your registration before the deadline or cap is reached, or you cannot attend! Your profile will inform you of your status.
Refunds will be available until registration closes on October 28, 2018 11:59 PM PDT.
There is a cap of 2250 for this event. It is split across two phases. If you wish to learn more about how our new phased registration period works, see our attendance update page. If you do not sign up and pay for your registration before the cap or deadline is reached, you may not be able to attend! Walk-in registrations and payments are not accepted, so make sure to register ASAP!
Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian at all times. Parents/Guardians will need to fill out and pay for registration as instructed below. During the process of filling out your user profile, you will see an option labeled "I'm Bringing Children". Select that, and fill out the names of the children you will be bringing, up to a maximum of four per parent/guardian. Children are free under their parent/guardian's registration. Children must wear their child badge (provided during the parent/guardian's check-in at the event) at all times.
Anyone 16 or older must have their own paid registration. They may not be listed as a child under a parent/guardian and any such registration may be rendered invalid. Attendees between the ages of 16 and 17 will require a parent/guardian's signature during registration.
You will receive an email receipt once your payment has been processed, typically within a few minutes. The email will be from Stripe, our credit card processor.