Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced that it will press START on its Wizard World Gaming series (www.wizardworldgaming.com) in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con Portland, February 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Gaming area in Portland will maintain many of the planned events and guests originally scheduled for the standalone Gaming convention in Atlanta (January 22-24), which will not be held.

Wizard World Gaming Portland attendees will participate in video game tournaments and eSports competitions for prize pools, meet top gaming influencers and pros, attend game developer panels, sample free-play demos from top publishers and interact with like minded fans in the Pacific Northwest.

Dedicated Wizard World Gaming only admissions will be available; all Wizard World Comic Con Portland attendees will also have full access to the Gaming area.

“Wizard World is committed to producing the best possible shows for the gaming community, and ensuring that we achieve our goal of providing a true gaming experience for our fans,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “In planning the debut of Wizard World Gaming, it became evident that we would not have enough time to put on a high-quality show in Atlanta. We are confident and excited in making Portland the launch of our gaming series.”

As previously announced, ORIGIN PC will power the PC Zone at Wizard World Gaming Portland. Additional partners, events and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming weeks.

Wizard World Gaming Portland kicks off a season-long series of gaming-focused events which will coincide with Wizard World Comic Con shows throughout 2016 in the following additional cities: St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The second event scheduled on the 2016 calendar, Wizard World Gaming Portland show hours are Friday, February 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston from “Doctor Who,” Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time,” Star Trek), John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Torchwood”), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Mike Colter (“Jessica Jones,” “Halo: Nightfall”) and Gary Cole (Office Space, “Veep”) headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

For more on 2016 Wizard World Comic Con Portland, visit http://wizd.me/PortlandPR.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2016 Wizard World schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.

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