Last weekend I went to Canada’s biggest video game convention in Toronto called EGLX (Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo) and boy did I have a good time. I’ve been to some conventions before but mostly just for anything relevant to pop-culture. EGLX has everything you could want from a video game convention.
There were artists that make their own video game themed art, indie booths where indie developers showcase their own games and a lot of people playing video games. Nintendo even had their own booth where they showcased some of their bigger titles like Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament & Fire Emblem Warriors while also showing some smaller indie games that the Nintendo Switch is becoming known for. There was a huge stage in the middle of the center that housed multiple stages on each side that had different tournaments going.
The first thing I noticed is that EGLX was noticeably less busy than the other convention I go to in Toronto. Fan Expo. It was never crowded, I could always move at a pace I liked. Another thing was that I barely saw anyone cosplaying. There were maybe three or four people I saw the day I went but that was it. Maybe there were more the other days so It could have been my fault for my choice of the day. I went with an extremely low budget and I gotta tell you, I got a lot of bang for my buck. I bought lots of souvenirs, artwork and I even thought about buying a game or two.
I do have one criticism about the convention though is that I thought there would be more vendors actually selling video games or retro video games. There was only one vendor and the selection wasn’t the greatest. Womp womp.
A huge part of the hall was dedicated to actually playing video games. There were rows and rows of tables just dedicated to people playing on their PC’s. Another part was dedicated to consoles. Mostly people playing Smash Bros and other fighting games like Street Fighter or Marvel VS Capcom. I watched a doubles Smash 4 tournament for a couple of hours and the crowd was really involved, cheering, laughing and shouting at their friends as they competed. At the back of the hall was a live stream of speed-runs for charity going on. I watched an Ocarina of Time speed-run happen and it was quite fun to watch!
There were also a few popular YouTubers there as well. The lovely folks from Normal Boots and Hidden Block and I even got the opportunity to meet one of my favorite content creators! The indie corner was also really cool. I played a lot of games that I would honestly buy and play with some of my friends. I can’t wait to get into contact with some of the developers and maybe even review some of their games. If you can make it to EGLX next year, I wholeheartedly recommend going. It was so nice to see the gaming community come together and it made me even more proud to be a gamer and to have the opportunity to write about the industry. The city of Toronto is beautiful, EGLX is a great time and I honestly hope I can see some of you there next year.