There’s nothing more validating than being around your kind, geeking out over everything from your favorite game titles to anime and the obscure. If you're looking for things to do in Florida that will let you relive your childhood, playing your favorite video games at the Florida Game Con 2020 is a great way to do it. Don't worry about concealing your nerdy obsessions — this is a place to unleash your inner geek without judgment. And the best part? It’s totally free to enter!

Otakus, gamers, and cosplayers alike will congregate at the Yuengling Center for the 2020 Florida Game Con. Held by the video game club at USF, you'll be able to browse craft vendors for some nerdy merch to add to your collection, as well as get your game on.

Those not into the gamer life don't know what they’re missing, and we kind of like it that way. Register for Super Smash Bros, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, and Soul Calibur VI tournaments, and even conquer your friends in foam sword fights, and more!

The event is open to the public and free to enter and browse, but each video game tournament requires a $10 registration fee. There will be several other free gaming zones, however, including tabletop gaming, card games, and foam fighting.

You can try your hand at a flight simulation, check out the anime car show (it’s a thing), or show off your love for your fave anime and game characters in the cosplay contest.

Cons are the perfect place to get creative with costumes you’ve been planning, make new friends through mutual nerdiness, and of course, spend way too much money on one-of-a-kind merch.

The Video Game Club of USF strives to create a safe environment for the gaming community on campus and enrich student life as a whole.

By holding free events open to the public, they hope to expose other students to the fun of video games and foster new connections. By the power of friendship!

Come as you are or as your favorite character this weekend to Florida Game Con 2020 and geek out to your heart’s content.

Florida Game Con 2020

Price: Free, with video game tourney entry cost at $10.

When: Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m. — 10 p.m.

Address: Yuengling Center — 4202 E Fowler Ave SUN 130, Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: Meet other like-minded geeks, play your favorite games, and break out your best cosplay at this free gaming con. If you've got $10 to spare, test your skills in one of the video game tourneys!

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