MPCon is an organization established in south-eastern Michigan which hosts LAN Parties to bring together gamers of all likes for a 3 day event, 2-3 times a year. This event is Bring Your Own PC, and is open all day and night with festivities including tournaments, free game play, and free pizza.
MPCon has its roots at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, ranked #9 in the nation for Gaming Colleges. The event filled the Mary and Arthur Kochoff Hall in the University Center building, and the Recreation Organization Center before that. In August 2007, they moved to Eastern Michigan University where they have held their events ever since.
The LAN party started in 1997 as a LAN party for a QuakeWorld Team Fortress clan called Ministry of Pain. ]MP[ was a well known clan throughout the Team Fortress community. The ]MP[ banner lives on in Blizzard's World of Warcraft, and more recently in Team Fortress 2. MPCon stands for ]MP[ Conference, or Ministry of Pain Conference. Today, however, we encourage everyone to attend.
MPCon had teamed up with Gamers Outreach Foundation (GOF) to host a charity event called Gamers for Giving, a combined event featuring the MPCon LAN Party and an Xbox 360 Halo 3 Tournament. All proceeds were dealt with by the Gamers Outreach Foundation.
Since 1997, they have hosted over 25 major events.
MPCon In The News
- MPCon has been featured on the UPN 10 o'clock news and the Detroit Free Press. The University of Michigan - Dearborn was ranked #9 in the nation for Gaming Colleges because of MPCon
- MPCon is also featured in the September 2006 issue of Reporter, a University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty/staff newsletter, as well as the University of Michigan - Dearborn News. It also appeared on the University of Michigan - Dearborn Homepage.
- MPCon was featured in the University of Michigan - Dearborn Alumni Legacy Magazine Spring 2007 issue.
- MPCon XVIII received some attention from the Detroit Free Press on June 10, 2007.
- The Gamers for Giving event hosted by the Gamers Outreach Foundation and MPCon was featured on Fox 2 News Detroit
- The Second Gamers for Giving event had a plug the Thursday before the event, where GOF founder Zach Wigal was interviewed by Fox 2 News Detroit 
MPCon Event History
|MPCon I||March 12–14, 1999||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||50|
|MPCon II||June 18–20, 1999||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||60|
|MPCon III||March 18–20, 2000||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon IV||July 14–16, 2000||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon 4.5||January 26–28, 2001||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon V||March 9–11, 2001||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon VI||June 31-July 2, 2001||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon VII||September 22–24, 2001||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon VIII||January 11–13, 2002||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon IX||March 8–10, 2002||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon X||June 14–16, 2002||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon XI||November 1–3, 2002||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon XII||February 28-March 3, 2003||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||155|
|MPCon XIII||June 25–27, 2003||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||160|
|MPCon XIV||March 5–7, 2004||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||170|
|MPCon XV||December 3–5, 2004||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||184|
|MPCon XVI||June 16–18, 2006||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||196|
|MPCon XVII||January 5–7, 2007||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||185|
|MPCon XVIII||June 15–17, 2007||The University of Michigan - Dearborn||209|
|MPCon XIX||August 24–26, 2007||Eastern Michigan University||61(Test LAN)|
|MPCon XX||February 29-March 2, 2008||Eastern Michigan University||400+ (Includes Halo Tournament)|
|MPCon XXI||April 18–20, 2008||Troy Hilton (Penguicon 6.0)||1000+ (Including Conventioners)|
|MPCon XXII||July 25–27, 2008||Eastern Michigan University||200|
|MPCon XXIII||February 27-March 1, 2009||Eastern Michigan University||450+ (Includes Halo Tournament)|
|MPCon 23.5||May 1–3, 2009||Romulus Crowne Plaza (Penguicon 7.0)||1100+ (Including Conventioners)|
|MPCon XXIV||July 24–26, 2009||Eastern Michigan University||344|
|MPCon XXV||July 9–11, 2010||Eastern Michigan University||275|
|MPCon 25.5||March 19–20, 2011||The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||55 (Test LAN)|
|MPCon XXVI||April 27–29, 2012||Dearborn Hyatt Regency (Penguicon 12.0)||TBD|