game on expo rules
Game On Expo does not tolerate harassment or discrimination. If you feel that you are being harassed, or see someone else being harassed, please locate a member of our crew, security personnel, or local police department officer right away. If you see something, say something!
Inappropriate costumes or actions may result in a request from our staff to change aspects of your costume. Failure to do so may result in revocation of your credentials and removal from the event.
Shoes are required to be worn while in the convention space. You may remove your shoes for photos if desired, but they must be replaced directly after the photo is taken.
Roller skates/blades or other wheeled items such as skateboards and hoverboards may not be worn/used in the convention space.
Depictions of hate symbols are not allowed and you will be asked to remove them.
Game On Expo has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment and discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to:
Inappropriate physical contact
Physical assault and/or battery
Sexually offensive actions or comments
Non-consensual photography or recording
Constant disruption of panels, photo opportunities, and other events
Racial & ethnic backgrounds
Sex & gender identity
Sexual preferences & orientation
If your costume has pieces such as wings, spikes, armor, etc. that extend well beyond your person, or you are carrying a large prop, please be aware of your surroundings and of people around you. You may be asked to change your costume or remove your prop from the convention space if it is found to be unwieldy, disruptive, or dangerous.
Please do not block doorways, walkways, or exits with your costume, props, or costume pieces.
If your costume includes any item that covers or partially covers the face, especially if it is not easily removed, upon request, you may be asked for ID and/or additional information by security. Please be sure to keep your ID on you.
Helmets, masks, and hoods should not severely limit or impair the wearer's ability to see. If your costume includes an eyeless hood or other face covering, considering bringing a friend to act as your "handler" to assist you through crowded spaces.
Game On Expo will always encourage fan convention costume enthusiasts (aka "cosplayers") to SPEAK OUT against the inappropriate social behavior of a sexual and/or stereotypical nature toward themselves and fellow fans.
The culture of cosplay is one of fun, creativity, and mutual respect. No one should accept inappropriate behavior from their peers. Speak out, speak up, and help keep cosplay comfortable and fun!
If you are taking pictures or video of cosplayers or attendees, you should make every attempt to gain direct consent from each person in your shot. This extends to members of the media, private photographers, and fellow cosplayers alike. Taking secret photos of cosplayers is not permitted at any time. Photos or videos shot with the intent of commercialization without the consent of the subject is prohibited. Cosplayers love to have their photos taken, so just be polite and ask!
Enhanced security procedures will be in effect at the main entrance of Game On Expo, including but not limited to metal wands, bag checks, and police presence.
If you are wearing a costume, please allow additional time to get through the security checkpoint.
All props must be inspected at the Prop Checkpoint, located prior to the security entrance.
Any prop that is deemed unacceptable will not be permitted past security. If you feel your prop does not fit within our prop policy, we recommend leaving it at home.
Props will be inspected and tagged by law enforcement and/or security. Anyone with an untagged prop will be escorted to the Prop Checkpoint. Props will not be allowed into the event without a tag.
Failure to comply with costume rules, checkpoint procedures, or requests from official Game On Expo staff, security personnel, or local police officials will result in revocation of your credentials and removal from the event.
The convention, the facility, and its contractors are not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any private property including costumes, props, masks, or helmets. If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please leave them at home. All costumes and props must be inspected at Security and Prop Checkpoint.