Are you a member of a press outlet that wants to cover us? You’re in the right place. We have a limited number of press passes available to a variety of established individuals and outlets, including news reporters, bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, influencers, and content creators.

Please read all of the information on this page before submitting your application. By submitting an application, you agree to comply with the terms outlined below. Remember that press credentials are LIMITED, and approval is at the discretion of our press team!

How do I apply for a press pass?

Press applications will be opened in January 2022. Check back here for the link. We will update this page as well as send out notifications via our socials and newsletters when press applications are open. Press passes are given free of charge to approved outlets.  

What comes with a press pass?

Press credentials function as a standard adult weekend pass, plus allow the following:

  • Special access to the following locations for the purpose of filming or capturing press coverage:  Exhibit halls, main programming spaces, panel rooms, art rooms and gaming areas.
  • Access to the press room for press support.
  • Access to the interview room. (Only when scheduled for interviews or during open press interviews).
  • Any other additional areas determined by the Press team.  If any areas are added for the event, all accepted press outlets will be notified on or before check-in at the event.

Press credentials do not come with lodging, food or any other financial support. Press representatives must secure their own lodging, food, and finances. Only the badge for entry into the event and press access, where applicable, is provided!

Who is qualified to apply for a press pass?

The following individuals are NOT qualified to apply or receive press credentials:

  • A sales representative
  • A non-editorial creative personnel or professional
  • A student creating a school documentary or project
  • A friend or family member of a press representative

What are the rules and restrictions for a press pass?

All press credentials MUST be approved prior to the event by the Banzaikon Press Team, and no approval will be granted on-site. Completion of this application is not confirmation or a guarantee of a press pass.

  • Press passes are non-transferable.
  • Press passes do not convey any privileges above the ones listed above or grant the individual or outlet the same privileges as staff, facilities, volunteer, dealers, artist alley, industry, guest, or any other credential issued for the event.
  • Press passes must be obtained at Banzaikon Press Registration on-site, and none will be given to any individual not approved prior to the event.
  • Those granted press credentials will need to present a photo ID and/or represented media outlet credentials (if applicable) at Banzaikon Press Registration.
  • Journalists must represent a site, platform, or outlet that generates content with an editorial and storytelling focus, such as human interest or news stories. 
  • All press applicants are required to submit information about previous or similar coverage, planned coverage, outlet information, and audience reach.  Applicants are not guaranteed credentials solely based on previous attendance or coverage of Banzaikon. 
  • You must be able to provide relevant previous coverage from similar events, or a relevant influencer platform and coverage plan. 
  • Press outlets or reporter/content creators must submit any coverage of previous Banzaikon events if applicable.
  • Only one application per outlet is allowed.  Applicants must list all of the individuals who will need badges. Each person listed must have an appropriate title and role that demonstrates their relevance to your outlet and the coverage plan.

Guest Interview Policy

  • All guest interviews are subject to approval by the Banzaikon Press team and the guest and/or guest’s management. Banzaikon is unable to schedule any direct interviews with guests prior to the event.
  • Press is NOT permitted to directly contact a guest before or during Banzaikon as a representative of Banzaikon Press.  
  • Interviews with guests must be requested and arranged through the press team. Only credentialed members of the press may request interviews with Banzaikon guests, and interviews will be arranged as availability permits.

Staff & Volunteer Interview Policy

  • All interviews with staff, volunteers or personnel are subject to direct approval from the Banzaikon PR & Communications team.
  • Any unauthorized interviews do not reflect the views of Banzaikon, its affiliates, or sponsors.

Failure to comply with any of the above policies  will result in your prompt removal from the event and you, or your outlet, will not be permitted to apply again or conduct any press related activities at future events.

 Please apply with the Subject Headline PRESS at