RTX (event)

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RTX
RTX Logo.jpg
Status Active
Genre Gaming, internet, content creation
Venue Austin Convention Center (RTX; 2012–present)
Australian Technology Park (RTX Australia; 2016)
International Convention Centre Sydney (RTX Sydney; 2017)
ExCeL London (RTX London; 2017)
Location(s) Texas Austin, Texas
New South Wales Sydney, Australia
London London, England
Country United States United States
Australia Australia
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Years active 6 (RTX)
1 (RTX Sydney)
Inaugurated May 27, 2011 (2011-05-27) (RTX)
January 23, 2016 (2016-01-23) (RTX Sydney)
October 14, 2017 (2017-10-14) (RTX London)
Most recent July 7–9, 2017 (RTX)
Previous event January 23–24, 2016 (RTX Australia)
Next event August 3–5, 2018 (RTX)
Attendance

Texas (RTX)
~600 (2011)
~5000 (2012)
~10,000 (2013)
~30,000 (2014)
~45,000 (2015)
~60,000 (2016)
~62,000 (2017)

Australia (RTX Sydney)
~11,000 (2016)
~20,000 (2017)
Organized by Rooster Teeth
Hanabee (RTX Sydney)
Supanova (RTX Sydney)
Sponsor Pizza Hut (2015–present)[1]
Website
Official RTX Austin website
Official RTX Sydney website
Official RTX London website
[2][3][4][5][6]

RTX is a series of annual gaming and Internet conventions created by Rooster Teeth Productions held in Austin, Texas and Sydney, Australia, and will soon be held in London, England, and is run by Bethany Feinstein[7][8] and Eric Cherry.[9]

Starting as a small community gathering of 500 people in 2011, RTX significantly expanded in its following years, housing an estimated 62,000 people in 2017. RTX has gained attention for its "celebration of that convergence of gaming and Internet culture."[10] In 2016, Tech Crunch described it as "SXSW meets Comic Con."[11] 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, Rainbow Six: Siege.

History[edit]

RTX was announced February 16, 2011 and the inaugural event was meant to be for 200 people.[12] 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[edit]

Achievement Hunter host Jack Pattillo guides RTX 2011 attendees on a tour of the Rooster Teeth offices.

RTX 2011 was the first official convention for Rooster Teeth fans. It was held from May 27–29.[13] 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. The convention 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 from July 7–8 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]

Gavin Free and Gus Sorola co-hosting a panel for the Rooster Teeth Podcast at RTX 2013
Competitive gaming in front of a crowd at RTX 2013

RTX 2013 was held from July 5–7 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. 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 from July 4–6 at the Austin Convention Center. Tickets went on sale on January 31, 2014.[4] 343 Industries and Certain Affinity 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.[14][15] The Creatures returned again, with another member added (Dexter Manning). During the Achievement Hunter panel Matt Bragg and Jeremy Dooley were hired; the latter would eventually become the sixth main member after Ray Narvaez, Jr. left in 2015.

RTX 2015[edit]

RTX 2015 was held from August 7–9 at the Austin Convention Centre, the Hilton Austin Hotel and the JW Marriott.[6][16] The pre-alpha of RWBY: Grimm Eclipse was available for demo.[17] Rainbow Six Siege was playable and beta signups were guaranteed for attendees.[18]

RTX 2016[edit]

Cosplayers dressed as Yang Xiao Long from RWBY pose with Barbara Dunkelman, the character's voice actress, at RTX 2016.

RTX 2016 dates were announced on November 12, 2015,[19] and was held from July 1–3, 2016. Like the year before, RTX 2016 was held at the Austin Convention Center, the Hilton Austin Hotel and the JW Marriott.[20][21] It housed around 60,000 attendees.[22]

RTX 2017[edit]

RTX 2017 was held from July 7–9 and attracted 62,000 attendees.[8][23] Its keynote was by Andy Serkis. The first two episodes of the Netflix anime series Castlevania had a special theatrical screening followed by Q&A with Director Sam Deats and executive producers Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde.[24] It featured concerts with Spazmatics and Phantogram, both hosted at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. It also featured an early screening of War for the Planet of the Apes at the Paramount Theater.[8]

RTX Sydney[edit]

On June 11, 2015, Rooster Teeth announced RTX Australia, a collaboration with Hanabee and Supanova Pop Culture Expo.[2] In 2017, the event was renamed RTX Sydney.[citation needed]

RTX Australia 2016[edit]

The first RTX Australia was held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, from January 23–24, 2016 and attracted 11,000 attendees.[2]

RTX Sydney 2017[edit]

RTX Sydney 2017 was held from February 4–5 at the International Convention Centre Sydney in Darling Harbour, Sydney.[5] On June 19, the first guests were announced and included Rooster Teeth's Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola, Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna, Achievement Hunter's Jack Pattillo and Kinda Funny's Greg Miller.[25] In November 2016, Hideo Kojima was confirmed as a guest and attendance was anticipated at under 20,000.[26] In December 2016, it was announced that the Nintendo Switch would be playable to demo for attendees at the convention.[27]

RTX London[edit]

Rooster Teeth announced RTX London on February 3, 2017, during RTX Sydney.[citation needed]

RTX London 2017[edit]

RTX London 2017 was held on October 14–15, 2017, at ExCeL London.[28]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Spettigue, Sam. "Cosplay, video games and high-tech hi-jinks: Entertainment juggernaut Rooster Teeth brings its popular RTX convention to Australia". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
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  9. ^ Van Daal, Joel. "SPECIAL FEATURE: unCONVENTIONal". MCV Pacific. MCV Pacific. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ Khan, Imad. "Inside RTX 2014, the 'mad Internet media place'". www.dailydot.com. The Daily Dot. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ Williams, Felicia. "Rooster Teeth's Burnie Burns on pioneering online-only video". Tech Crunch. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ Sorola, Gus. "ROOSTER TEETH PODCAST: ROOSTER TEETH PODCAST #101 - Rooster Teeth is joined by Matt". RoosterTeeth. RoosterTeeth. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ "RTX Tickets (UPDATE)". Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ "343 Shows Off Returning Favorites and New Additions for Halo: The Master Chief Collection". Xbox Wire Staff. Microsoft. July 10, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ Sliwinski, Alexander. "Halo 2: Anniversary 'Gungoose' is Mongoose with top gun". www.Joystiq.com. Joystiq. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ Gustavo Sorola (March 17, 2015). "RTX 2015 tickets". Rooster Teeth. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ DISTLER, ANTHONY. "Rooster Teeth Prepares For Battle In "RWBY: Volume 3"". Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ Parreno, Ryan. "Rainbow Six Siege: Guaranteed Beta Signups With RoosterTeeth". Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "JULY 1–3, 2016!!!!!! #RTX2016". Twitter. RTXevent. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
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  21. ^ "RTX 2016 July 1–3, 2016". Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
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  23. ^ "RTX 2016- That's a Wrap! | Rooster Teeth". roosterteeth.com. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  24. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Netflix's 'Castlevania' Vampire Fantasy was screened at Rooster Teeth's RTX Convention". Variety. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  25. ^ Wright, Steve. "RTX Sydney confirmed for February 2017; first Rooster Teeth guests announced". stevivor.com. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
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  28. ^ "RTX London". RTX London. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 

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