Gaming convention sets another attendance record

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.

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