RTX (event)

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RTX
RTX Logo.jpg
Status Active
Genre Gaming, Internet
Venue Austin Convention Center (2012–present)
Hilton Austin Hotel (2015–present)
JW Marriott (2015–present)
Location(s) Texas Austin, Texas
Country United States United States
Inaugurated 2011
Attendance ~600 (2011)
~5000 (2012)
10,000+ (2013)
~30,000 (2014)
Organized by Rooster Teeth Productions
Website
http://www.rtxevent.com

RTX is an annual gaming and internet convention created by Rooster Teeth Productions held in Austin, Texas, and run by Gus Sorola and Barbara Dunkelman of Rooster Teeth.

Starting as a small community gathering of 400 people in 2011, RTX significantly expanded in its following years, housing over 30,000 attendees in 2014. RTX has gained attention for its "celebration of that convergence of gaming and Internet culture."[1] The event includes panels on gaming and internet topics, exhibitor booths from independent and major game developers, as well as meet and greets with game developers, Rooster Teeth employees, and internet personalities. RTX is also notable for being one of the first places consumers may play major video game releases such as Halo 4 and most recently, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.[citation needed]

History[edit]

RTX 2011[edit]

RTX 2011 was originally announced as a "test event". It would be a small gathering of 250 members of the Rooster Teeth community.[2] However, minutes after tickets went on sale the community managed to buy more tickets than originally planned to be sold, accidentally selling over 500 tickets. RTX 2011 was still a small gathering of Rooster Teeth fans. It was held on May 27–29.[3] Attendees were treated to a tour of the office, an exclusive T-shirt and the chance to take part in a special episode of the Rooster Teeth series, Immersion. RTX 2011 was deemed a success, and RTX became an annual event.

RTX 2012[edit]

After the success of RTX 2011, RTX 2012 expanded significantly with 4,500 attendees. RTX 2012 was held on July 7 and 8 at the Austin Convention Center, and was treated as more of a traditional gaming convention, introducing features such as an exhibit hall which included exhibitor booths from gaming and internet personalities and companies, various panels, and the first publicly playable demo of Halo 4. 343 Industries also showed off forge in Halo 4 for the first time. Similarly to the previous year, RTX attendees had the chance to take part as extras in the upcoming Rooster Teeth series Day Five.

RTX 2013[edit]

RTX 2013 was held on July 5, 6, and 7 at the Austin Convention Center, once again with significant expansion with over 10,000 attendees. 343 Industries returned to run a Halo 4 tournament and have a panel in which they made announcements regarding Halo 4's future DLC. The Rooster Teeth series RWBY made its premiere.

Burnie Burns at a panel during RTX 2013

Ubisoft brought a publicly playable demo of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Attendees also had the opportunity to use the Oculus Rift virtual reality device, try out for Rooster Teeth's gaming competition series The Gauntlet, and take part in an episode of The Slow Mo Guys, as well as many other activities. The YouTube gaming group known as The Creatures also made an appearance, and made several important announcements involving their recent work, a new member to their group and the face reveal of Sp00n, who up until this point, had never revealed his face.

RTX 2014[edit]

RTX 2014 was held on July 4, 5, and 6 at the Austin Convention Center. Tickets went on sale on January 31, 2014.[4] 343 Industries announced the addition of the Gungoose, a new version of the Mongoose, would be added to Halo 2: Anniversary. "Coagulation" was also announced as one of the six multiplayer maps to be re-imagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and will support the new Gungoose Capture The Flag game mode.[5] The Creatures returned again, with another member added (Dexter Manning).

RTX 2015[edit]

RTX 2015 will be held on August 7–9 at the Austin Convention Centre, the Hilton Austin Hotel and the JW Marriott.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan, Imad. "Inside RTX 2014, the 'mad Internet media place'". www.dailydot.com. The Daily Dot. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Drunk Tank #106 and RTX info". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "RTX Tickets (UPDATE)". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  4. ^ RTX (28 January 2014). "RTX 2014 Announcement". Rooster Teeth. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Sliwinski, Alexander. "Halo 2: Anniversary 'Gungoose' is Mongoose with top gun". www.Joystiq.com. Joystiq. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ RTX (23 October 2014). "RTX 2015 DATES!". Rooster Teeth. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Gustavo Sorola (17 March 2015). "RTX 2015 tickets". Rooster Teeth. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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