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Otakon 2020 / Tokyo Olympics

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Figured I'd ask this well in advance while dates may not be locked down yet. Will there be any special effort in 2020 to have Otakon a little earlier (or later) than normal to not conflict with the Tokyo Olympics? I'd love to be able to attend both.  

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6 hours ago, Shadowfax04 said:

Figured I'd ask this well in advance while dates may not be locked down yet. Will there be any special effort in 2020 to have Otakon a little earlier (or later) than normal to not conflict with the Tokyo Olympics? I'd love to be able to attend both.  

I'm not staff and do not speak for Otakorp. That said...

Otakorp reportedly locked in the dates for the five years of their contract with the WEWCC. If true, then the dates for Otakon 2020 are already set.

Secondly, why was this asked in the Gofer Q&A? It probably should be moved to a better category.

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On 9/8/2018 at 4:32 AM, Fadamor said:

I'm not staff and do not speak for Otakorp. That said...

Otakorp reportedly locked in the dates for the five years of their contract with the WEWCC. If true, then the dates for Otakon 2020 are already set.

Secondly, why was this asked in the Gofer Q&A? It probably should be moved to a better category.

Yeah, I don't know why it was posted here. Anywho, I'm also not staff and don't speak for Otakon. That being said, the weekend of the second full week in August, when Otakon has typically been held in recent years, is not during the Olympics, which run July 24 to Aug 9. However, just because something's typical doesn't mean it can't change. For example, while AX's dates are generally inflexible, Otakon tries not to clash with SDCC for obvious reasons.

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Moved to Otakon Q&A.

Speaking very generally:

  • Otakon is typically held the last weekend of July or one of the first two weekends of August. However, there have been outliers over the years. We've been as early as July 4th weekend, and as late as Labor Day weekend.
  • Exact dates vary and aren't generally releasable to the public ahead of time. However, they are generally locked down with venue and hotels long in advance.
  • I have the dates noted somewhere myself, but don't recall. I'd forgotten this coming year (2019) was in July.
  • As Aresef says above, we usually try to avoid the same weekend as SDCC, because it makes it tough for industry to participate.
  • We have been held during the Olympics before, in 2008, opening the same day.

Having established that I don't actually recall the dates, there's a lot more than "avoid conflict with another event" that goes into decisions about when the con is held.

I wouldn't expect to hear 2020's dates until the usual time -- Sunday, end of con, 2019. :)

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