Dec. 11, 2012 10:30 am

SoMariCon Baltimore gaming convention needs $6K: Kickstarter of the Week [VIDEO]

Kickstarter of the Week is a new regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation Kickstarter campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. See others here. The Baltimore region does more than crabs and football. (And, by football, we mean losing two straight overtime games in a row.) A vibrant video game development industry exists in […]

Kickstarter of the Week is a new regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation Kickstarter campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. See others here.

The Baltimore region does more than crabs and football. (And, by football, we mean losing two straight overtime games in a row.)

A vibrant video game development industry exists in both the city and the surrounding counties. There’s Gamescape, now an annual showcase for independent game developers to show off their games during each summer’s Artscape festival. While Big Huge Games went belly-up earlier this year, the void has been filled by Impossible Studios. Mindgrub Technologies is pioneering innovation in mobile gaming. The region even has a site dedicated to video game coverage in BaltimoreGamer.com.

What Baltimore lacks is a gaming convention, according to Will Windley. He’s now raising $6,000 on Kickstarter to bring SoMariCon: Baltimore Gaming Convention to the city in 2013.

Donate to SoMariCon’s Kickstarter campaign.

The convention itself appears to be an offshoot of the SoMari Comics & Gaming store opening up in the city in April 2013. According to Windley’s Kickstarter campaign, the goal is to invite the best gamers from around the country to compete at the Holiday Inn in downtown Baltimore, duking it out in “Mortal Kombat 9,” “Super Street Fighter IV” and “Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3″.

Watch the SoMariCon Kickstarter video:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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