QuakeCon 2013 tourneys, Carmack lecture detailed

Tuesday, 23rd July 2013 01:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

John Carmack will give two presentations at this year’s QuakeCon, and id Software will host a couple of tournaments.

As detailed on the Bethesda Blog, Carmack will reprise his regular role as keynote speaker.

In addition to the opening presentation, the lauded programmer will also give a technical lecture on the topic of light transport and rendering.

Described as “not for the technically faint at heart”, The Physics of Light and Rendering will take place on Friday, August 2 at 5:00pm CST.

Meanwhile, the less technically-minded but more competitive among us can take part in three tournaments:

  • The Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Master
    The Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Masters Championship will feature known professionals and top Quake Live competitors in an exclusive tournament. Up to 32 of the world’s best Quake Live players, hand selected by tournament staff from the open online registration, will face-off in the 1 vs.1 duel for $18,000 in a double elimination bracket, with each match played in a best-of-three-games format. With two competitors remaining, thousands will gather to watch as these two best-of-the-best survivors go head-to-head in a single elimination, best-of-five-games throw-down with a $9,000 check written to the champion.
  • Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 Open
    The Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 Open will feature 3 vs. 3 competitions for up to 32 teams battling it out in a single elimination bracket and best-of-three games format, with the two top teams advancing to a best-of-five Grand Final. Teams who come out on top will share prizes of $6,000, including $3,000 for the team of champions.
  • 20th Anniversary Doom Challenge
    The 20th Anniversary Doom Challenge will feature old school Doom 2 gaming. Battling for a share of prizes, including $1,000 for the champion, players will compete in sixteen player Free-For-All matches that will qualify 32 players for the single elimination bracket, where each match will be played in a best-of-three-games format.

For rules and other details, visit the Bethesda Blog.

Earlier this month, Bethesda and id confirmed a list of exhibitors, a BYoC LAN party, playable demos and presentations. Get all the QuakeCon 2013 details here.

QuakeCon 2013 will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas August 1-4. General admission is free.

Thanks, Blue’s News.



  1. lookingglass

    John Carmack is an immense intellect. He is a once in a generation kind of genius. I’m looking forward to the talk on light rendering.

    I’m expecting a conversation based on raytracing’s current practicality and the hybrid models we can use while we wait for “from the ground up” raytracing hardware and engines.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. MrWaffles

    I really have no use for anything that Carmack says, but it’s amazing how effortlessly he talks about all the technical bits on rendering tech that I just can’t help but watch the hour+ talks :)

    This year’s keynote will either be AMAZING or a bit of a letdown.. since (I guess!) we’re all expecting him to talk about him messing with PS4′s and XBone’s innards… but since all this info might still be under an NDA he might have to limit the keynote to pc/mobile hardware.

    On a personal note: I’m still waiting for any new info on orc&elves.


    #2 1 year ago

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