Gaming convention sets another attendance record

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Gen Con, the annual gaming convention held in Indianapolis since 2003, set another attendance record this year.

Gen Con 14, which wrapped up Sunday, drew 56,614 unique visitors to the Indiana Convention Center, surpassing 2013’s previous record of 49,530. It marked the fourth year in a row that the event has increased attendance by more than 10 percent.

Overall attendance at the four-day event—a number that includes repeat visitors—was 184,699.

Gen Con is billed as the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America. Local tourism officials have estimated that the 2013 event generated an economic impact of $47 million for Indianapolis.

Since 2009, Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled. The event was expanded throughout the conference center and parts of downtown this year, helping it draw record numbers of exhibitors (370) and events (14,000).

“Gen Con 2014 is a testament to a more than decade-long relationship between Indianapolis and the game industry, which has culminated in the best attendee experience yet,” Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout said in a prepared statement. “Gen Con is a massive yearly adventure that would not be possible without the collaboration and support of our show sponsors, exhibitors, event organizers, volunteers, local business partners, the Indy community, and of course, our attendees.”  

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis next July 30-Aug. 2.


  • Isn't It Interesting...
    Isn't it interesting that a convention with roughly 185K people in a 4-day period can be so well-mannered and orderly and friendly, while a 250K person Expo in a 10-day period typically wreaks so much havoc and problems? Gunshots during GenCon? Sorry, don't remember any...
  • waitress bitter much?
    Wow - could you be any more bitter about "other" groups coming to Indy. Get over yourself. Did it ever occur to you that the reason you don't get tips isn't because of a specific group, that it's because of you and your service? I too have worked downtown during these "other groups" and they've tipped my servers and staff wonderfully - when the service is good service. Maybe it's you.
  • Thank you!
    I have to second the comments from Happy Downtowner. It is so nice to have customers that are respectful and actually leave a tip, unlike attendees from some other "expos" and "classics."
    • Thank you attendees! Come back anytime!
      Gen Con is not my thing--I'm not into that stuff--but these attendees are just awesome. This is everything a convention should be. People come from all over, they are friendly, courteous, fun to talk to at bars, they're having fun, they're spending money in our community, and they don't cause any trouble. When the convention ends, the city is cleaner than when they got here. Come back anytime guys! I wish every expo was like you!

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