The Carolinas Games Summit will return to Goldsboro with a larger venue under one roof in February.

The summit will take place on Feb. 2 at the Maxwell Center, at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, in a building that offers more than 35,000 square feet of space that will be filled with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment. The event each year draws video game enthusiasts, industry leaders and science fiction fanatics. Cosplay will also take place, with locals and visitors dressing up in their favorite costume.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are available for $15 that offers access to tournaments, speakers and sessions. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

The summit will include video game bands, a cosplay contest, tabletop gaming and speakers from video game development companies. Representatives from colleges and schools will also be on site to discuss career opportunities in video game development, art and film production curriculums.

The center’s 14,500-square-foot ballroom will be filled with exhibitors, open gaming area and esports competitions while the outdoor courtyard will feature more than 10,000 square feet of food trucks and gaming attractions.

The entire facility will be utilized for the event and include free public wireless internet powered by Spectrum fiber.

“The Maxwell Center will allow us to expand not just the size of the event but the technology and variety of individual attractions,” said Johnna Koonce, Carolina Games Summit executive producer.

“Our goal is to showcase all the technology the Maxwell Center has to offer today, while pushing the capabilities to new heights for every future event we book at the venue” said Michael Everett, creative director.

Carolina Games Summit is held yearly on the first weekend of February. It has been held at various locations downtown and at Wayne Community College.

The hybrid event consistently delivers industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions and trading card games.

Attendees will be able to compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments on their favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available.

“The Maxwell Center is thrilled and excited to be the new home for the Carolina Games Summit,” said James Wade Jr., center general manager. “We are proud of our building and believe we have the event space and technology to help the Carolina Games Summit grow and expand. It is great to work with a locally produced event that will bring regional participants to Wayne County.”

A full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors and other details are available on the Carolina Games Summit website.

Contact the event organizers at for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the event.