Video Gaming

Gaming North's Video Gaming section has something for every kind of gamer! We're offering several live tournaments for the players who love head-to-head competition, async tournaments for busy congoers, freeplay areas for casual fun, and even a speedrunning showcase to watch and enjoy!

Live Tournaments

Face off head-to-head against your fellow congoers in our exciting series of tournaments! All tournaments are free-to-enter with a convention pass.

You are encouraged to bring your own controllers. The Ambrosia Ballroom has an equipment rental desk, but supplies are limited.

Tournament start times and registration details are subject to change, please check this page often leading up to the events you wish to enter.

Beat Saber High Score (Various) - Throughout the Weekend
Registration will be accepted throughout the weekend in person.  VR playtime slots can be found here and a player MUST show up in person to reserve an available timeslot.
Only the original song pack is accepted, no extras.
Tournament runs throughout the con in Ambrosia Ballroom I.

Casual Freeplay

There may be plenty of tournaments at Anime North, but casual players are always welcome to hang out and game anytime! Anime North 2023 offers freeplay at the Sheraton for all of the following:

  • Console gaming - Ambrosia Ballroom II-IV
    • Console availability may vary depending on if a tournament is happening at that time.
    • Mostly modern consoles.
    • Controllers and games may be borrowed from within the room.
  • Retro Room - Macintosh I-II
  • Rock Band - Northern Spy Room
  • Virtual Reality & LAN - Ambrosia Ballroom I
  • Duck Hunt - Hallway near the Sheraton Conference Centre entrance
  • Stepmania - Hallway near the Sheraton Conference Centre entrance

Duck Hunt

There will be a Duck Hunt tournament going on all weekend long! Drop by anytime to play.

The highest 1-duck score and 2-duck score by the end of the weekend will each be awarded with a prize!

LAN Gaming (Bring Your Own Computer - Limited PC Availability)

Anime North LAN Gaming is finally back again in 2023!  As always, we welcome all players to bring their own PC or device and participate in our free play activities or tournaments!  We will also have 10 PCs availabile for use this year courtesy of our generous sponsors.

ALL activities will be taking in the Ambrosia I Ballroom in Sheraton.
  • Freeplay ALL weekend long with a closed door policy at 11pm.  We will have Open Wi-Fi during free play hours.  Please note that during tournament times freeplay will be unavailable and tournament attendees have priority on available PCs.
  • Genshin Impact events will be ran all weekend long - from Abyssal Moon Spire time score attacks to Banner Specific Events and maybe even live pulls - come join us for some Genshin fun throughout the weekend!
  • Multiple tournaments throughout the weekend:  League of Legends TFT on Friday,  Valorant DM and 2v2s on Saturday, and Fortnite Solo No-Build will be on Sunday. The Weekend Schedule can be found here.


Highly skilled players will be beating the games fast in the Ambrosia ballroom during most of the weekend!

  • Friday @ 7pm: Final Fantasy VII Remake Chapter 1
  • Saturday @ 10am: Super Metroid 100%
  • Saturday @ 12pm: Dynamite Duke
  • Saturday @ 12:30pm: Goof Troop
  • Saturday @ 2pm: Streets of Rage
  • Saturday @ 3pm: Super Punch-Out!!
  • Saturday @ 4pm: Sekiro
  • Sunday @ 11am: Mega Man 3
  • Sunday @ 1pm: Star Fox 64