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Frequently Asked Questions


What is GameCon?

GameCon is Hartlepool’s biggest, annual games event! The event is dedicated to raising funds for local young people through video and board games, careers information via university staff and top developers and all donations on the day go to Changing Futures North East; a charity based in Hartlepool that supports young people across the locality.


When and where is GameCon?

GameCon is an annual event which takes place at Hartlepool College of Further Education. The 2017 dates are 31st May to 2nd June.


What is the cost?

We only ask for a donation on the door at GameCon. We ask for a minimum donation of £1 per person, per day.


What are the opening and closing times?

The event runs daily 10am-4pm for visitors. Exhibitors can set up from 08:30 and vacate the premesis at 5pm. Exhibitors may leave items apart from the Friday where everything must be removed.


Are there any age restrictions?

Visitors of all ages are welcome to attend; however, under 16's need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It's fine for one parent or guardian to accompany a group of under 16's.

GameCon may host 18+ rated games but these will be in a specific, closed-off area for ages 18+ only.


How do I exhibit?

We’re always keen for new exhibitors to attend GameCon. Drop us a line here and we’ll be in touch!


Where can I get food and drink?

There are plenty of facilities locally as we are across the road from Hartlepool Middleton Grange Town Centre. We’re currently looking at catering on-site and will announce more details on the website closer to the event.


Is WiFi available?

We will have WiFi that you can access on the day. As this is public WiFi and we may be busy, please note it may be a little unreliable!


Are there parking facilities?

Yes. You can park in the college’s car park, free of charge every day.


Is there disabled access at the event?

Hartlepool College of FE is committed to being accessible to all and we aim to make all aspects of GameCon accessible to all visitors. We have disabled parking facilities near the college entrance, lifts and disabled toilet facilities. GameCon is 100% wheelchair friendly as all gaming stations and activities are accessible to wheelchairs users.


I'm a cosplayer. What are your rules on props and weapons?

We’re always happy to welcome Cosplayers. We politely request no sharp metallic blades and nothing that can fire a projectile such as a BB gun. A check-in desk will be setup at the event. Unsuitable props may be retained by our staff for the duration of the event if they are deemed to be unsafe.