Marking the next iteration of competitive gaming merging with mainstream pop culture, the Metarama Gaming + Music festival was announced Wednesday with a lineup that includes stars from both the gaming and music worlds.
Marshmello, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Logic, Snoop Dogg and Chance "Sodapoppin" Morris headline the Las Vegas festival, which runs Oct. 19-20. Imagine Dragons will participate in a special gaming-only appearance, and Shaquille O'Neal will do a DJ set under his Diesel moniker. Other participants include Seán "Jacksepticeye" McLoughlin, Alan Walker, Nicholas "Nick Eh 30" Amyoony, Benjamin "DrLupo" Lupo, Lindsey Stirling, Imane "Pokimane" Anys, Nick "NickMercs" Kolcheff, Lil Yachty and Grouplove.
The all-ages festival will feature two stages, combining the gaming, streaming, comedy and music worlds. In addition, several esports organizations will be participating, with the Overwatch League hosting exhibition matches featuring the Philadelphia Fusion, Seoul Dynasty, Guangzhou Charge and San Francisco Shock as well as a League of Legends Pros vs. Joes tournament, pitting professional League of Legends players against amateurs.
There will also be opportunities for festival attendees to play games against top streamers in the Streamer Zone, play against other attendees in the LAN Center and other chances to compete for prizes over the course of the two days.
Games of all types will be featured, with areas to play board games, booths featuring virtual reality experiences and a vintage arcade.