AnimeCon Game Room 2019



Do you love video games? Then our Game Room is the place to be!

The size of our Game Room is circa 1800m2, and yes, that is exactly as big as it sounds. Our Game Room is partly made available thanks to all the third parties we get to work with, for example AFK Esports and the Nationaal Video Game Museum. We could never have built something so majestic without their aid. From retro games to the latest of the latest, we have it all for you to enjoy.

If console and PC games aren’t enough, there’s various arcade machines available for you to play on. Some of these machines require money to play, such as: Taiko, Jubeat, Boxbal, Airhockey, TimeCrisis 3, Ninja Assault, Pacman, Donkey Kong. Examples of machines which are free of charge: Maximum Tune Racer, First of the North Star, Table Flip, Tetris, etc.

Want to sit down and relax after all the intense gaming? We’ve got you covered with a chill corner in our game room where you can sit and relax. You can even plug in your charger into a power brick and charge your phone while you are recharging yourself.

So get ready to save the princess, win the race, raid some tombs, craft some mines, hunt some ducks, fantasize some finals, creed some assassins…- Wait.


With a new venue comes a new Game Room location. This year, we’ve scored our own section of Hal 2, right beside the Bag Room. Simply head towards the back of the hall and the entrance of the Game Room will be clearly indicated. Please bear in mind that bags, food and drinks are barred from the Game Room! Small bags and props are still allowed, please review the Rules for more detailed information.


Competitions and Sign-up

Games and competitions go hand in hand. The tension, the excitement, the combos, the discreet cursing…! And the more controllers, the more opponents. If you’re interested in pandemonium, the Game Room is the place to be! There will be multiple game contests hosted in and around the Game Room during the weekend. All visitors are free to join any competition of their choice for a chance to win fabulous prizes. And if the prize is not to your liking, at least you’ll have the fame and glory.

For most competitions it is required to sign up before the competition starts. In order to sign up, report to a Touch PC by the Crew Corner, located on the left-hand side of the back of the Game Room. You will be able to enter all the necessary information digitally. Be sure to bring your friends (to rub their defeat in their faces!).

For most competitions it is required to sign up before the competition starts. You can find the sign-up sheets at the entrance of the Game Room. Be sure to bring your friends (to rub it in their faces how you beat them!).

Game Room History

It all started after Baris and Jasper met for the first time at the Anime convention of 2003 in Haarlem, where they brought their Gameboy Advance to have their own little Mario Kart Gameroom. They quickly became very close friends. When Baris was asked to take over the Gameroom in Almelo in 2006, he didn’t hesitate and asked Jasper to join him. 2006 was the first time the Gameroom was on the fourth floor of the Theater Hotel instead of a small corner of the ground floor. At that time it consisted of thirteen big and heavy CRT TVs and two beamers, with the PlayStation 2, Gamecube and Xbox still in their prime. Soon they added control sheets so that you could jump into the games more easily. After five years the Gameroom moved to the old Dealer Room location, giving room for the ever growing Gameroom to expand to now more than thirty screens. The area was even large enough to feature the first arcade cabinets that visitors could enjoy. With some space left, Baris and Jasper even got creative and built a remote-controlled Mario Kart track.

In 2013, the convention moved to the World Forum in Den Haag (The Hague). This facilitated the yearly growth of the Gameroom in the Pacific, starting from fifty screens to now almost triple that size. Bandai Namco came to the Gameroom annually to show their current and upcoming releases, and even invited the ‘Tales of’ producer as a special guest from Japan. Furthermore, we started giving Dutch indie developers a chance to show off their games at our event. In 2015, Warner Bros joined the Gameroom as well. In 2016, the Gameroom provided visitors the opportunity to try the latest VR headsets.

After twelve amazing years, where they both poured their free time, love and energy into organizing their Gameroom, Baris and Jasper both decided to make Anime 2018 (lucky 13) their final year. As they said: "We couldn’t have done it without our trusty, evergrowing team of Henri, Susan, Choong, Renzo, Artho, Pascal, Lea, Edin, Maarten, Ceylan, Jan, Benjamin, Hulya, Salih, Kelvin, Emma, Steyn, Wilma, Naomi, Hidde and all of our friends and family that tolerated and assisted us over the years. Some of whom have been with us for over a decade! We also would like to thank our partners and sponsors for their professional effort to add something extra to our Gameroom. We hope you have enjoyed the way we ran our Gameroom and that our love for it has shown. We also hope our legacy will be carried on by the new group of enthusiastic Gameroom organisers."

Now, starting 2019, a new team has indeed accepted the torch. Steyn, who has supported the Gameroom for several years already, has taken over as the Internal Affairs Staff member while Hidde will oversee all the external gaming companies and Paul aids them both. Changing the name from Gameroom to Game Room, we hope to indicate the difference between the gaming area that Baris and Jasper have created and the gaming area that we will produce.



The usual rules apply. So, please leave your bags, food and drinks outside of the Game Room. Please note that the no-smoking policy is also in effect in the Game Room. It is also forbidden to bring your own controllers. Since the Game Room is usually pretty warm, please do not forget to use deodorant when needed!


Weekend and day visitors.


Hal 2

Opening hours

Friday 16:00 - Saturday 02:00
Saturday 10:00 - Sunday 02:00
Sunday 10:00 - Sunday 16:00

Ticket Sales Closed

Booth open: 01-Feb-20

J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Warner Brothers Games
  • Hercules
  • Mindscape
  • Nationaal Videogame Museum
  • Samsung
  • Ziva Events
  • AFK e-Sports
  • Vertigo 6
  • Koch Media
Design & development by Bit Agency