RTX Austin, Texas’ largest celebration of gaming, animation and internet culture today announced nighttime programming, special guests and a pop up store, all in addition to the regularly scheduled RTX content taking place at the Austin Convention Center, JW Marriott, Fairmont and Hilton in downtown Austin August 3-5. There’s something for everyone this year at RTX Austin, ticket and schedule info below.
For the ANIMATION FAN
Jessica Nigri, cosplay artist and voice of Cinder in Rooster Teeth’s worldwide anime phenomenon, RWBY, will appear at RTX Austin.
Witness (or participate in!) the coolest cosplay on the planet or Cosplay contest, details coming soon!
Drawfee is teaming up with Rooster Teeth to bring “Drawfee Live!” to RTX Austin, an interactive comedy drawing series where your favorite nerd culture franchises and childhood memories transform into bizarre works of art. The panel will feature Rooster Teeth’s Yssa Badiola, RWBY voice actresses Arryn Zech and Kara Eberle, and Drawfee’s Julia Lepetit, Jacobs Andrews and Nathan Yaffe.
The RTX Animation Festival is back with a celebration of the best of internet animation, including exclusive screenings, panels from special guests including Titmouse, Mondo Media, Studio Yotta, Mashed, and Machinima at the JW Marriott.
For the GAMING FAN
Catch panels featuring special guests including comedy and gaming video creators Boogie2988 and Smosh Games, and voice actor extraordinaire Troy Baker, known for voicing video game characters in popular games like The Last of Us, Persona 4 and BioShock Infinite. Esports fans won’t want to miss pro Overwatch team the Houston Outlaws, who will be running Overwatch tournaments from their RTX booth and playing games live onstage with gaming group Funhaus.
After selling out historic theaters across the country (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) Let’s Play Live, the first comedy gaming live show of its kind, returns to the city where it all started for another night of mischief, mayhem, and gaming – of course, happening at 8:00 PM, doors at 7:00 PM, on Thursday August 2 at the Austin Convention Center. Let’s Play Live is exclusive to RTX Austin badge holders and tickets are available to RTX badge holders here.
Shop exclusive merch from Let’s Play creators at “Coop”, a Rooster Teeth pop-up store experience at RTX. This one time only store will feature designs by artists Griffon Ramsey, Todd Francis, Isaac Hastings, Weedboner and RJ Palmer for Let’s Play brands including Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, Sugar Pine 7 and more.
The Rave at RTX hosted by ScrewAttack returns to the Hilton Austin Saturday August 4 at 10:00 PM featuring a DJ and late night dance party. The Rave at RTX is open to all RTX badge holders.
Theater Mode Live returns to the Alamo Convention Center Friday August 3 at 7:00 PM with the guys from Achievement Hunter ripping through and riffing off of a terrible movie of their choosing. Tickets will be announced soon.
For the generally curious…
FIRST Night, the annual kick off screening event at RTX Austin, returns to the Paramount Theater at 5:30 PM on Thursday August 2, with the premiere of first episodes of new Rooster Teeth shows Untitled Funhaus and Rooster Teeth Comedy Sketch Show and The Weird Place, an unscripted reality show produced in partnership with iconic artist collective Meow Wolf. FIRST Night is free for RTX attendees, with priority admittance given to Platinum and Weekend Plus badge holders.
Full Sail University is teaming up with Rooster Teeth to launch and feature a select 80’s inspired student made video game at RTX Austin. The game, “Fury Strike,” will be positioned on the RTX floor next to the Full Sail On Tour truck – a 75-foot mobile unit that houses technology installations designed to bring the student experience to locations around the country.
Grab drinks with the cast of Always Open, the Rooster Teeth talk show version of sitting in a diner booth with your friends after a long night out hosted by Barbara Dunkelman. The Always Open Happy Hour takes place Saturday August 4 at 6:00 PM at Rain with ticket sales benefiting a charity of Rooster Teeth’s choice. Tickets will be announced soon!
Laugh it up at the RTX Presents: A Kinda Funny Comedy Night at RTX Saturday August 4 at 9:00 PM at The North Door, featuring stand up sets from Nick Scarpino, Geoff Ramsey and more. Tickets will be available soon!
Catch a special screening of Blood Fest, the horror comedy film from Rooster Teeth that premiered at SXSW 2018, happening at 7:00 PM on Friday August 3 at the Paramount Theater. Admittance is free to Platinum badge holders, $5 for Weekend Plus, Weekend and Daily badge holders, and $10 for general public.
Nighttime Programming Schedule by day:
Thursday, August 2
5:30 PM – FIRST Night | Paramount Theater
8:00 PM – Let’s Play Live | Austin Convention Center
Friday, August 3
7:00 PM – Blood Fest Exclusive Screening | Paramount
7:00 PM – Theater Mode Live | Austin Convention Center
Saturday, August 4
6:00 PM – Always Open mixer | Rain
9:00 PM – RTX Presents: A Kinda Funny Comedy Night | The North Door
10:00 PM – The Rave at RTX | Hilton Austin
Single Day and Weekend tickets to RTX Austin can be purchased for $50 – $110 at rtxaustin.com. To receive up-to-date information on RTX’s programming and exhibitors, follow RTX and Rooster Teeth on Twitter. Stay tuned for more announcements on programming and special guests!
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