Hours For Conference
Associates attending the GME Conference SHOULD NOT enter hours into KRONOS. All hours will be entered on your behalf, including days off, Friday (8/30) and Saturday (8/31).
2019 GME Conference EA Expo Madden Tournament
Hey Madden Fans,
This year during Expo at the 2019 GME Conference, EA will be hosting a Madden Tournament with 32 of the top GameStop Madden players! The winner will take home $3,000. We’ll need your name, your region, your gamertag, and your e-mail address associated with your Origin account. We will be using your gamertag and e-mail address to look up your Madden stats. The top 32 players with the best Madden stats will be entered into the tournament. Each player will go head to head in either the morning or afternoon Expo, playing a maximum of 4 rounds, each about 20 minutes (GameStop will take care of the logistics for players). You’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy all the other booths on the Expo show floor. The top player from the morning session and the top player from the afternoon session will face off in the Finale Wednesday night. And bonus, EA has a little something special planned for all 32 players!
Think you have what it takes?...then sign up here by Wednesday, July 31 by 11:59 pm PST. We will announce the top 32 players entered into the EA Madden Tournament Monday, August 12th.
Click here for the official tournament rules.
NASH X NIGHT-MONDAY
We’re creating a fantastic new experience for you this year! We’ve secured several incredible venues and partnered with a few of our key-vendors to host this evening. Here’s how it’s going to work.
Monday, August 26, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
• Jason Aldean’s Kitchen & Rooftop Bar
• Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food & Drink
• Tequila Cowboy
• Wanna B’s Karaoke Bar
• Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky-Tonk & Steakhouse
Kick-off & Dinner
At registration you’ll receive a special badge for this event. Your badge will be customized with the location you have been assigned to start the event. You will go to your assigned venue 7:30 – 8:00. This is where you’ll eat dinner with your friends! (Yes, we’re providing dinner.)
At 8:00pm, it opens up! It’s time to mingle, have fun and hang out with our vendors. You can hit-up all the different locations, the karaoke bar, the rooftop lounges, and so on. Each of our key vendors are reserving areas within these restaurants/bars to host fun activities, lounges, games, etc. Roam around. See your favorite. Win some prizes.
More Details are coming soon! Be watching out for more.
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Selection
When feeding nearly 5,000 attendees it’s impossible to make everyone happy, but we try our best. This year, you get to try your best. Thanks for voting for your favorite choices! Below are the results from the poll. Bon Appétit!
• Meat: Hickory Smoked Brisket & Fried Chicken
• Salad: Caesar Salad
• Sides: Mashed Potatoes & Mac-n-Cheese
• Desserts: Apple Cobbler & Cookies and Brownie assortment
• Drinks: Iced Tea & Lemonade
Tenessee Titans Football!Love Sunday Football? Want to see the Tennessee Titans take on the Steelers? Check out this deal!
ALL DAY EXPO ON WEDNESDAYEach year we receive the same feedback – there’s not enough time on the Expo floor to see all of the booths. For the past 2 years we’ve analyzed the data and trends and we believe the problem isn’t the time – it’s the number of people during that time. So this year we’re introducing an all day Expo! Half of the attendees will attend the expo from 7:30 – 11:30am. During this time the other half will be in training and regional breakouts. From 11:30-1:30 we’ll have lunch in the café and a general session. This will give our vendors 2 full hours to reset their booths and take a break. Then the groups flip-flop from 1:45-5:45.
This biggest issue with split Expo timing is keeping celebrity autographs and giveaways available to both groups. So, after our Closing General Session (6-7pm), attendees are welcome to come back to the Expo for a closing Finale from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. This is when we’ll have giveaways, raffles, celebrities, etc.
Note: This Finale is an optional event and attendees are not required to attend.
SENSORY LOUNGEOver stimulated from pyrotechnics in the general session? Got a killer headache and need a moment to chill? This year for the first time we are offering a sensory lounge for our attendees. The Sensory Lounge will be opened Saturday, 8/24 – Wednesday, 8/28 and will offer a relaxing place to gather your thoughts and decompress.
You’ll also find complimentary chair massages located in this room during arrivals!
• Saturday, 8/24 10:00am – 6:00 pm
• Sunday, 8/25, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: MCC, Level 2, Room 201
Ronald McDonald House Winners!
Congratulations to our lucky winners who will arrive early to participate in Ronald McDonald House at the 2019 GME Conference.
This year we have 2 Ronald McDonald House events at Conference. The first is Saturday night and the second is Sunday morning – 12 volunteers for each shift.
Winners: Please plan to arrive on Saturday, August 24 by 2:30 pm.
Medical Notes & Special Requests
This year, all medical notes & special requests must be sent to GSConference@GameStop.com on or before the close of registration on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019! Any requests made after the July 17th deadline will not be accepted.
New Mother Policy Registration Deadline
Just like last year, we are excited to announce the continuation of our New Mother Policy. However, this year you must let the Meetings & Travel team know that you want to take advantage of this policy by the close of registration on JULY 17, 2019.You can let the Meetings & Travel team know you are opting in to the New Mother Policy by e-mailing GSConference@GameStop.com.
Unfortunately, if you do not opt in to the New Mother Policy by midnight on JULY 17, 2019, we will not be able to accommodate your request.
You can find the New Mother Policy details here!
Giving you a head's up in General Session & the VTR's!
So that you are prepared for the stimulating audio-visual experiences our vendors will provide at Conference, you will find icons in the Show Guide and the Conference App that indicate when a vendor presentation will contain pyrotechnics, lasers, or realistic combat experiences. If you are uneasy about experiencing any of these elements or have a medical condition preventing you from doing so, please talk to your District Leader, Human Resources Leader, or Regional Leader.
SSC IRLThis year to better serve our Store Leader audience, we launched a survey so they can select the departments/efforts they would most like to see in the SSC IRL.
Conference Vendor Gifts and Post-Conference Vendor Sales Incentives
To show appreciation for your team’s continued support, our vendor partners may choose to distribute product samples during Conference. There may also be announcements made at Conference about upcoming sales incentives to be sent upon the launch of particular titles/products.
Please note that attendance at Conference is not a guarantee for receiving future sales incentives. When post-conference sales incentives are sent out, only those associates who are in a Store Leader or Field Leader role at the time of product distribution will be eligible recipients.
It is also important to keep in mind that reselling any company merchandise/vendor gifts on the internet or through any other means for profit is prohibited.