We have video games and table top games for free play from 11am to 8pm. In addition, we will be hosting tournaments throughout the day. Gaming will be located in the Price Center West Ballroom. There will also be Game Shows happening on the mainstage and Muir room.
In addition, we have table top games and game shows throughout the day.

Click here for more information about the Mainstage game shows
Click here for more information about the Muir room game shows.

Video Game Tournament Schedule

Time Game
11:30am - 2pm BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Tournament
2:30pm - 8pm Smash Ultimate Tournament

Tournament Descriptions

All tournaments are held in PC West Ballroom. Sign-ups will be held at the Gaming Table in PC West next to all of the game set-ups. Sign-ups for each tournament will start at 11am and will close 15 minutes before their respective tournaments. (For BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, we will be holding online pre-registration starting on February 8.) After signing up, please check in at the Gaming Table 10 minutes before the tournament start time. If sign-ups go over the cap, there will be a waitlist.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Tournament

11:30am - 2:00pm

Format: 32-person single elimination tournament

Sign-ups, Online and 11:00am - 11:15am

Can’t escape from crossing fate – FIGHT! Kicking off Animefest 2019’s gaming tournaments will be Arc System Works’s ambitious crossover fighter, with all six Switch setups running the Deluxe Edition of the game, courtesy of Arc System Works.
Click here for further rules, tournament schedule, live results, and signups!
Prize Info here.

Smash Ultimate Tournament

Group Stages: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Finals Bracket: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Format: 64-player 3-round Swiss group stages, 8-player single elimination finals

Sign-ups, 11:00am - 2:15pm

Looking to smash with others in the San Diego area? Drop by the gaming setups for a near convention-long Smash Ultimate tournament with some major prizes in store. Each tournament setup will have two preset nicknames with tap jump disabled and stick sensitivity high (named AF-1 and AF-2).
Click here for further rules, tournament schedule, live results, and signups!
Prize Info here.

Other Games

There will be two Switch consoles dedicated for freeplay. Below is the list of games available for freeplay on each of the two Switches. If you would like to play a game that is not already set up, please ask one of the Animefest staff to set it up for you.

Switch 1 Switch 2
Battle Chef Brigade Astro Bears Party
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Crawl
Crawl Enter the Gungeon
Danmaku Unlimited 3 Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Deemo One Strike
Dragon's Lair Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds
Enter the Gungeon Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Fast RMX Snipperclips
Ikaruga Wizards of Legend
Metal Slug
Namco Museum
NoReload Heroes
One Strike
Overcooked 1/2
Puyo Puyo Tetris
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Fantasy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Binding of Isaac
Touhou Azure Reflections
Xenon Valkyrie

Additional Games and Events

Table Top Game Club + Game Demos

PC West Ballroom

New to Animefest this year, the Tabletop Game Club will be running game rentals for the duration of the event, as well as host game demos where you can learn to play a series of exciting tabletop games. Find them at the back wall of West Ballroom past the gaming setups.

Game Demo Schedule
Time Game
2:30pm - 3:30pm Betrayal at the House on the Hill
4pm - 5pm Celestia
6pm - 7pm Sentinels of the Multiverse

MTG Draft: Ravnica Allegiance

PC West Ballroom, 11:30am - 3pm

Format: 8-person Swiss, pack per win prizing. $12 entry fee.

Assert your (electro)dominance in Wizards of the Coast’s latest draft format for Magic: the Gathering with Animefest’s Ravnica Allegiance draft.
Sign up for MTG Draft here.

Game Show Panels and Mainstage

Muir Room

There will be various Game Show-like panels throughout the day in the Muir Room and larger-scale Game shows on the Mainstage in PC West Ballroom. Explore the links below for more information!"
Click for Game Show Panel Details
Click for Mainstage Game Show details