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Everything you need to know about CEO 2024 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach!

Welcome back everyone!

To begin, the entire team and I would like to thank you for supporting CEO and coming together as a community for this years CEO.

Whether this is your first CEO event or you’re a tournament veteran, I’d like to guide you through the information you need to maximize your experience this weekend.

Venue

  • Venue:
    • Ocean Center Daytona Beach
      101 N Atlantic Ave,
      Daytona Beach, FL 32118
      (386) 254-4500
  • If you are staying at the Official CEO Hotel, the Hilton, it is directly across the street from the Ocean Center :).
  • Parking at the Ocean Center lot or garage is $10 per day or $20 for in/out privilege’s. The Hilton has $12 discounted parking for overnight guests.
  • More information about the venue & hotel can be found here.
  • We have a Shuttle service from MCO (Orlando International Airport) that will take attendees arriving Thursday to the Hilton Hotel and departing back to MCO from the Hilton on Monday Morning. Visit here.
  • There will be bag checks at the entrances into the Ocean Center. No outside food or drinks allowed (you may bring in a water/soda bottle). Plenty of Water fountains and bathrooms all over the venue.
  • The venue will have concessions available including JePotle Burrito Bowls with plant based options, JBBQ Brisket Sandwiches and many more options! Wild Bill’s Soda will also be returning with their refillable cups.
  • Here are some suggested restaurants around the venue within 3 miles.

Badge Pickup

  • This year in the Ocean Center, all badges will be picked up in the main concourse Box Office. We will have two organized lines
    • Standard badges for registered players and spectators.
    • Contributor Badges (If you pre-ordered the $10 option to have your name on badge), volunteers, media, and exhibitors.
    • You’ll need a PHOTO ID to collect your badge. Children 12 and under are free with a paid guardian/parent pass.
  • While Player Reg for official tournaments are closed, we will have on site spectator badges for $30 Single Day Badge  & $75 for the weekend ($50 if you buy come Saturday and want two days).
  • Badge pickup schedule (You may pick up your badge anytime over the weekend if you can’t make early badge pickup on Thursday)
    • Thursday 4pm-9pm
    • Friday 9am-9pm
    • Saturday 9am-9pm
    • Sunday 10am-6pm
  • Please plan to pick up your badge at least one hour before your first scheduled pool time to avoid disqualification from bracket.
  • If you do not have a tournament pool until Saturday morning, you can arrive anytime Friday or Saturday to pick up your badge.
  • Lost badges will not be replaced and a new badge must be purchased.

CEO Discord

  • Join the CEO Discord Server for this and future events at https://discord.gg/ceogaming 
    • Receive live updates during the event
    • Lose something? Check out the lost and found channel
    • Have questions? Hit up the #asktheceostaff channel.

WATCH ALL OF CEO 2023 LIVE ON TWITCH!

  1. We’ve placed all of our streams and schedule for #CEO2023 on an  all in one page you can find at ceogaming.org/tv
  2. #CEO2023 action is being brought to you by:
    CEOGaming | Tekken | HungryBOX | Polaritygg | Tampaneversleeps | DataFGC | Juicygamenight | TENOMEDIA

When and where is my tournament pool?

  • The event schedule and floor plan are available above. 
  • Official Tournament Pools are now Final and available at https://start.gg/ceo
  • Please plan to show up to your pool 10 minutes early and check-in with the person running your bracket at your pool location.
  • To find exactly where your pool station is, every game will have Station Numbers, so if you are in Street Fighter 6 A1, you’ll look for Station Sign 1 inside of Tournament Hall(Venue Map has where each official game will be located) and report there for your bracket 10 minutes before its start time.
    • Please try to stay near your pool until you are done competing.
    • If you need to step away for any reason, please inform the person running your bracket.
  • If you are disqualified for not showing up to your bracket or leaving during, there won’t be anything we can do afterwards. 
  • For everyone attending our Project Storm Tournaments, please visit HERE for all the details and a welcome guide.
  • If you’d like to still enter any of our Community Tournaments please visit start.gg/ceoce for more information

Click here for Official Game Rules.

Also please familiarize yourself with all of our Code of Conduct and general event policies here.

Table Top Gaming And TCG is bigger than ever at CEO 2023!

  • This year we’ve added even more Table Top and Card Gaming Rooms at the Ocean Center taking up 15,000 sq ft of space across two floors!
  • We’re working with versus-games.com to host various TCGs throughout the weekend!
  • You can find ALL the details for our TCG Events and One Piece Card Game Buddy Battle official tournament here: https://ceogaming.org/ceo/tcg/
  • Stop by the Pocket Paragons booth in 102 for a chance to win an exclusive CEO Play Mat and other giveaways including the CEO exclusive Alex Jebailey Vs. Kenny Omega Set!
  • We’ll also have a 24 hour open table top room with tables and chairs ready for players to bring in anything they want to play with their friends.

Exhibitors and Artist Alley

  • Our official Artist Alley & Exhibitor hours inside of the main Hall are Friday 12pm-8 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
  • We have over 30 featured artists this year, so be sure to check out their artwork and show your support.
  • Our Wonderful Sponsors and Exhibitor booths helping make CEO 2023 happen! We’ve broken down every booth at CEO at the bottom of this page with a venue map guide.

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What’s on the Line and Top 8 Entrances

  • This year we have 18 official tournaments taking place throughout the weekend with all 18 Official Game Champions taking home a Custom CEO Championship Belt!
  • All Top 8 Finalists will receive a Customized Gold Championship Medals and Prize Money.

General Event Rules 

  • Bring your own controllers, tournament legal converters (Paradise Arcade Shop will have the new PS5 Wingman FGC Converters for sale for $55 and work great), fight stick, or any peripheral needed to play your tournament matches.
  • Make sure to delete previous Bluetooth devices on the PS4 PRO console you play your tournament matches on so you don’t get interrupted during your match.
    PlayStation 5 Competitors, here’s the little bit different process I tweeted about during DH Dallas to desync your controllers between matches.
  • For Smash, please make sure to desync your pro controllers after your match.
  • Please be respectful of other attendees and follow directions given by the CEO and Ocean Center staff.
  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD or ALCOHOL is allowed in the Ocean Center. Drinks such as water and soda are fine, just please keep them away from the consoles.
  • There is NO SMOKING and NO VAPING inside of the venue.
  • We have hired a full security team for the safety and comfort of our attendees along with bag checks. Please don’t hesitate to report anything suspicious to the Ocean Center and CEO staff.
  • Please be hygienic for the comfort of everyone. If you sweat through all of your clothes, feel free to buy more CEO t-shirts at the Gaming Gen merch booth to get you through the weekend! The Ocean Center venue has great AC!

CEO 2023 Official Soundtrack

This year’s amazing Official Soundtrack featuring various talented artists is now available on both Apple Music and Spotify.

Official CEO 2023 Merchandise
Will be on sale at the Gaming Generations Booth and ONLINE this weekend!
Here’s the link to our Online Store if you’re unable to attend.

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Breaking down the Venue Map! If this is your first time at our Daytona venue or you attended in either 2018 or 2019 we wanted to break down everything CEO 2022 has to offer this year.

  1. Command Center & Admin: Here’s where all the magic of brackets and running the tournaments in the main hall happen.
  2. Artist Alley: Featuring 30 plus community artists and vendors.
  3. Gaming Gen booth featuring our official CEO merch for sale as well as ten/o officially licensed Tekken, Guilty Gear apparel and more.
  4. ten/o: officially licensed Tekken, guilty gear and KOF XV apparel as well as community favorites
  5. Qanba One of the largest Gaming Community Expo’s in Florida is here to show the FGC what they’re about. Stop by and say hi to the team.
  6. Paradise Arcade Shop: Makers of the thin MPress, Magenta and more! Another amazing vendor with sticks, parts and mods available at their booth.
  7. Victrix is back with their laser etching machine for your Pro FS sticks selling apparel and other merch at their booth.
  8. Hit Box will be selling Hit Boxes at their booth so be sure to drop by and pick one up.
  9. Controller Chaos: Home to some of the best custom designed controllers, consoles and more! Stop by their booth for some of their exclusive CEO designs this year before they go fast!
  10. Junkfood Arcade Mods: Parts, controller mods and accessories for sale.
  11. Red Bull Gaming is back with a beast of a gaming rig on wheels. Stop by and play in some pop up events throughout the weekend.
  12. CLX Gaming Casuals Area
  13. Registration Box Office to pick up your badges throughout the weekend or purchase on site spectator passes. We’ll also place all lost and found items here.
  14. Bag Checks / Security for all those arriving to the Ocean Center. No Weapons or illegal substances allowed of any kind. Single bottle drinks are welcome but no outside food or drinks.
  15. JWonggg: Win some prizes at the JWong booth as JWong will be recording content for his YT Channel to showcase the FGC.
  16. VitaminD Cosplay & Splendid Treasures will have you covered for quick emergency costume fixes, crafting demos, & photo ops including Bonus Ops in the Ring Friday night at 6pm for all those cosplaying.
  17. Starry Massage & Wellness
  18. MAX LEVEL Play: Are you ready to add some flare to your gaming setup?! Stop by and pick up a full size playmat for your PC or console.
  19. Benjoblocks & NellaandPendragon both make fan art of old and newer anime for all fans. Benjoblocks specializes in woodblock prints while NellaandPendragon focus on digital art.
  20. Lazy Nerds Designs is a clothing brand inspired by anime, gaming, and pop culture.
  21. Underworld Gamez will be selling Art prints, keychains, t-shirts, plushies & custom hoodies!
  22. TCG, Table Top and Vendor Room to check out some of the latest fighting game related TCGs.
  23. Table Top and Vendor Room to check out some of the latest fighting game related TCGs. Upstairs this year we’re featuring One Piece Card Game Buddy Battles and other official events. More details on start.gg/ceoce.
  24. Project Storm Tournament and Rhythm Games Room.
  25. Jebaileyland 24 Hour Arcade. This year’s Cabinet list is bigger and better than ever. Check out what’s coming to CEO this year.
  26. Red Bull Community Stage will be featuring all of our side event finals throughout the weekend. Schedule here and streamed on twitch.tv/tenomedia
  27. Registration Box Office to pick up your badges throughout the weekend or purchase on site spectator passes. We’ll also place all lost and found items here.
  28. Where 6 different Fighting Game Top 8s on Saturday/Sunday will take place in our massive open seating arena right across from the main hall. No additional purchase necessary to check out some of our best players duke it out to take home a CEO championship belt.

The entire CEO team looks forward to providing an awesome experience for everyone. Feel free to share your weekend’s memories and pictures using the hashtag #CEOFGC throughout social media! 

CEO has always stood for the community and we wouldn’t be here without your support, so thanks to each and everyone of you.

If you have any other questions about the event, please email ceogaming@gmail.com

Your Host,

Alex Jebailey