Atlantic City Convention Center to Welcome Back AnimeNEXT for Their 16th Annual Convention

Event will be held June 9-11

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) The Atlantic City Convention Center will welcome back the 16th Annual AnimeNEXT Convention, which will begin Friday, June 9 and conclude Sunday, June 11. The facility will welcome 30,000 anime enthusiasts over the course of three days.  

AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized Japanese animation (also known as anime) convention in the tri-state area. This three-day event celebrates Japanese and East Asian culture and entertainment, with featured guests such as animators, voice actors and actresses, musical artists, and panelists. The convention will include concerts, panels, visual artists, workshops, cosplay contests, a video game room featuring arcade machines fresh from Japan, a vendor’s room, and meet and greet opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters and celebrities from pop culture, which is what people in the community refer to as cosplay or “costume play.”

This year’s notable guests include (but certainly are not limited to): TRIGGER, MAPPA, TMS, CAPCOM LIVE!, OBLIVION DUST, and many more. The three animation studios TRIGGER, MAPPA, and TMS are well known for series that have aired even in the U.S., including the upcoming Little Witch Academia series on Netflix, ReLIFE, and Yuri on Ice. CAPCOM LIVE will feature an orchestral style arrangement with music from popular video games, and OBLIVION DUST -- respected by artists around the world including those from Killing Joke, Sex Pistols, and The Cult -- will rock out with a unique blend of both Japanese and English songs. To learn more about this year’s guests, please visit:

Local Atlantic City businesses are expected to greatly benefit from AnimeNEXT at the convention center over three days. The estimated economic impact is expected to reach more than $5 million. In addition, 3,400 hotel rooms have been contracted by convention center visitors.

"We're really excited to be back in Atlantic City for AnimeNEXT! Even though this is only our second year in Atlantic City, it already feels like home. I'm proud of our staff for all the volunteer hours they've put in to help plan for our upcoming show. Also, Meet AC and the local businesses have been a tremendous aid in our planning process,” said Eric Torgersen, Chairman for AnimeNEXT 2017.

AnimeNEXT 2017 will take place June 9-11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Operating hours will depend on the day, with registration opening at 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 9 and the final event ending at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 11 with closing ceremonies, during which attendees will be able to give feedback directly to the organizers. Attendees can expect to enjoy free shuttle service to travel easily between the convention center, convention hotels, the Boardwalk and parking lots.

Single day tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more event information and tickets, visit:

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AnimeNEXT has been in existence since 2002 and is organized by Universal Animation, Inc. AnimeNEXT has signed a five-year contract with Meet AC up until 2020.


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Sip and Brunch by the Beach at Chef Jose Garces’ Olón

at Tropicana Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 24, 2017) – Award-winning Chef Jose Garces newest restaurant, Olón, is now serving up a delicious brunch menu at Tropicana Atlantic City every weekend beginning this Saturday. Wake up and enjoy the beach vibes and panoramic views of ocean as Olón offers new brunch specials every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What’s brunch without some cocktails? Build your own Bloody Mary! For $7, choose from our selection of house infused vodkas and tequilas with seasoned rim options like Chile Lime and Old Bay.  Garnish it off with some house made pickles, bacon or crab!

Pair your Bloody Mary with some seafood specialties from Olón’s bottomless raw bar.  Indulge in an unlimited selection of clams, oysters, shellfish, and ceviches for only $35 per person.

Olón’s a’ la cart menu features your traditional brunch favorites with a twist. Olón’s Egg Sandwich is served with bacon, queso fresco, and some spicy Huancaína sauce for $9.  Try the Smoked Salmon served with everything bagel chips, smoked salmon, and smoked whitefish for $18.  Treat your taste buds to the Tre Leches French Toast made with sweet brioche for $14 or the Crab Benedict made with jumbo lump crab meat for $18. Fancy up your typical breakfast toast by trying the Avocado Toast, served on fresh out the oven multigrain bread with tomato vieja and crushed red pepper for just $9. For $24, our Steak and Eggs entrée comes complete with two eggs, 6 oz. skirt steak, potato hash and ají butter.

Olón’s brunch specials are available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Make your reservation on OpenTable® or by calling 609.340.4050. For more information, visit

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Rivalcade Announces Partnership with ACFX to Launch Rivalcade Live eSports Tournaments and Events in Atlantic City


Rivalcade, Inc. and Venturis Partners, LLC announce a ground-breaking partnership for the creation of Rivalcade Live eSports tournaments and events as part of the Atlantic City Fan Expo (ACFX), an experiential, inclusive fan expo located at the Showboat Hotel on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City this summer.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, and running 15 weeks through Labor Day weekend, the Showboat Hotel will host the ACFX in its renovated 150,000-square-foot former casino space.The ACFX will combine eSports, video game arcades, laser tag, Cosplay, Anime, Ted-X style panels and seminars and more, which will all be available together under one roof for the expected 2.7 million seasonal Atlantic City summer visitors. Adjacent to the Showboat will be a large beer garden on an enclosed beach offering live music, movies, and other entertainment.
Rivalcade founder and CEO Scott O’Leary stated, “Rivalcade is really excited to work with ACFX to produce Rivalcade Live eSports competitions and events at the Showboat this summer. There is going to be so much going on at the ACFX, and huge crowds. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help grow and support eSports in Atlantic City, not to mention the ability to stream world-class competitions from this world-famous location.”
As the exclusive eSports Partner for ACFX, Rivalcade will supervise the production of live eSports competitions and special events under the Rivalcade Live moniker. Rivalcade Live will be staged in the 2,300-seat Sandbox Theater and will host eSports competitions across a variety of popular gaming titles, including Overwatch, Hearthstone, League of Legends, CSGO, and more. Rivalcade Live will also produce larger tournaments featuring leading professional eSports teams from around the world every weekend.
Rivalcade will also assist in activation of the eSports Gaming Lounge, a dedicated LAN center where players can play and compete every day on both PCs and consoles. In addition to tournaments and events, Rivalcade is also developing exclusive streaming entertainment content that will capture all the eSports fun and action at the Showboat all summer long. As part of its agreement with ACFX, Rivalcade is the exclusive agent for all partnerships and sponsorship negotiations connected with competitive eSports on premises. Rivalcade is currently developing sponsorship opportunities and activations with several endemic and non-endemic sponsors.
Bill Dever of Venturis Partners added, “We have an opportunity here at ACFX to provide a stage for the burgeoning world of eSports. In many ways, this is a world's fair of eSports and will introduce people - many for the first time - to what will be a major part of the sports culture. With Scott O'Leary and Rivalcade you have a deeply committed vision and an equally committed team that is leading the way in the promotion of eSports.” 
The ACFX and Rivalcade Live kick-off on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th and runs daily and on weekends through Labor Day Weekend, September 4th.


About Rivalcade
Rivalcade is an eSports lifestyle company that lives online, on tour, and around the corner!  Rivalcade is creating a one-of-a-kind omnichannel experience for eSports gamers, fans, and brands.  Providing the next generation of electronic sports competitions allows Rivalcade to build brand equity for their partners, and create a conduit for compelling eSports content. For more information about Rivalcade, visit the website at:
About Venturis Partners
Venturis Partners LLC is an event management and production company founded by DUB3, an Indiana-based producer of experiential entertainment and Derek Pew, a Philadelphia based Entrepreneur and Media professional. The mission of Venturis is to create and implement Millennial and Generation Z-skewed experiential entertainment concepts in Atlantic City.  With over 50 years combined event creation and management experience, Venturis aims to bring new perspective and introduce a younger audience to the magic that is The Atlantic City Boardwalk.  For more information at ACFX, please visit:
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