Calling all gamers and gaming enthusiasts! George Mason University’s Student Involvement and the Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Mason’s Computer Game Design Department, GMU Esports, and GMU Anime & Gaming Society, team up once again for GAMEmason, an engaging all-day gaming convention March 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. GAMEmason 2020 is sponsored in part by Microsoft, The Cave in Fairfax, and MAGFest.

Battle against friends in a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament for a chance to find yourself on the big stage for the Finals! Relive childhood fun with an expanded arcade filled with favorites like Pinball, Donkey Kong, and many more. Experience AR/VR demonstrations, attend education sessions, Q&A panels, and meet and greets with major power players in the gaming industry including Tara Strong (Canadian-American actress and voice actor for Riku in both Final Fantasy X and the hugely popular “Kingdom Hearts” video game series) and Angela Hession (Head of XBOX Safety of Microsoft whose helped launch more than 100 games on Xbox 360 and Kinect).

New this year, play in the Microsoft-sponsored gaming room for a variety of activities, as well as a tabletop gaming space with games provided by MAGFest. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with outside gaming affiliates, speak with Mason Game Design professors, and enjoy commemorative swag.

GAMEmason is advised for participants ages 18 and older and will include content rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Tournament entry will be limited to participants ages 18 and up. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. All participants must have a ticket.

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2020 Headliners

2020 Ed Sessions

2020 General Schedule

Ticket Details

GMU Esports Tournament Details

GAMEmason Photos

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George Mason University: Student Involvement

Student Involvement

Student Involvement encourages students and staff to think creatively. We want everyone to contribute ideas and think of new ways they may enhance campus and their experience at Mason. We offer opportunities to put your ideas into action, learn from hands-on experiences, meet new people, develop life-long friendships and gain skills that will help you be ready for wherever your future takes you!

The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), whose mission is to make the arts an intrinsic part of the lives of every George Mason University student and area resident. The Great Performances at Mason season is integral to the College’s mission, providing a diverse program of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the entire University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

The College’s professional presenting division plays an important role in enriching the academic programs across the University through performances that examine important issues and bring global cultures to Mason. Each year, CVPA students have opportunities to interact with artists from the Great Performances at Mason season through master classes and residencies. Through the Free Tickets for Mason Students program, all Mason students are invited to experience the many inspiring performances at the Center.

Computer Game Design

The 120 credit Computer Game Design program enables students to focus on the artistic components of computer game design while providing them with the technical skills prerequisite to the field. Required courses include computer science, art and visual technology, music, the humanities, and computer game design. The required internship provides students with practical experience that enhances their employability postgraduation. Students study both the sciences and the arts, all in a revolving-role team-based, project-based new pedagogical environment. The GMU Computer Game Design program hosts the only U.S. Serious Game Institute (in partnership with the University of Coventry U.K.), that concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation.

GMU Esports

GMU Esports aims to promote video games and competition through social, competitive, and intercollegiate play. We are a student club that organizes tournaments and social events to bring gamers together. You can find our Discord server link as well as a list of upcoming events on our Facebook page:

GMU Anime and Gaming Society

The GMU Anime and Gaming Society brings those with a passion for anime and video games together every week for communal anime watching, engaging conversation, and fun with friends! It is THE place on campus for anime fans and gamers of all backgrounds!

For any additional information on the club, or for any questions you may have, feel free to contact Derrick Wallis (, join our Discord server: (, or connect with us on Facebook: (”