Wizard World Adds Fortnite, Overwatch Talent, LAN Parties At Wizard World Chicago Thursday Through Sunday
August 27, 2018

FaZe Clan Fortnite pro players Cloakzy, Cizzorz, Overwatch League Superstars iddqd, Babybay Added; New VR Technology, Gaming Celebrities To Enhance Gaming Experience For Attendees

iddqd.jpgROSEMONT, Ill., August 21, 2018 – Wizard World today announced some huge additions to its gaming and esports offerings at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Thursday through Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The expanded gaming area in Chicago will include world-class streamers, gaming content creators and professional esports athletes who will be onsite to give fans a chance to play the world’s most popular games alongside their favorite gaming personalities.

Chicago’s lineup of gaming celebrities include such world-renowned talent as FaZe Clan’s Fortnite pro players Cloakzy and Cizzorz, Overwatch League superstars iddqd and Babybay, and many more. In addition, attendees will have photo and autograph opportunities, as well as access to exclusive Q&A panels, clinics and workshops. All of this in addition to cutting edge VR technology and unrestricted play with current gen console and PC games.

Wizard World’s gaming area is also open all four days with a variety of console games for all ages, with LAN Parties and free open play available to all attendees. Additionally, the Wizard World Gaming Gold VIP Package includes gaming-themed gift bag, early entry to the show floor, access to the VIP lounge, priority lines for autographs and photo ops and more.

The full list of popular gamers attending includes:

Mattstergamer, Madden ‘19 (Saturday and Sunday)
Stella Chu, MC/Cosplay (Saturday and Sunday)
Fiona Nova, MC/Cosplay (Saturday and Sunday)
Kayuun, Fortnite (Saturday)
BrandonTV, Fortnite (Saturday)
Kenith, Fortnite (Saturday)
iddqd, Overwatch (Sunday)
Babybay, Overwatch (Sunday)
Cloakzy, Fortnite (Sunday)
Cizzorz, Fortnite (Sunday)

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago features a standout roster of celebrities, including Hudson, Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), Ghostbusters producer/director Ivan Reitman and star Ernie Hudson, “The X-Files” headliners Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, five stars of the cast of “Outlander” (Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton) plus author Diana Gabaldon, Guardians of the Galaxy standouts Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff, the “Boy Meets World” foursome of Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle and Rider Strong, David Krumholz (“Firefly,” Serenity), Christy Carlson Romano (“Kim Possible”) and many others.

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 10th event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 23, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 24, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

The 20th Anniversary Wizard World Chicago (first held in 1998) is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2018 Wizard World Chicago, visit http://wizd.me/ChicagoPR.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, tech, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also teamed with Sony Pictures Entertainment to find the next generation of movies as well as to engage in a number of strategic initiatives. Additional initiatives may include an augmented touring schedule of Wizard World shows, fixed-site installations, curated e-commerce, and the production and distribution of content both in the U.S. and internationally. Fans can interact with Wizard World at www.wizardworld.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2018 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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