Gen Con LLC says it is anticipating its second consecutive sellout in 2018. The tabletop gaming convention is reporting a 6 percent year-over-year increase in attendee badge sales and says sales are trending toward a complete sellout of all badge types in July.
Last year, Gen Con announced its first-ever sellout just days before the 50th annual event. The convention also set a new record for turnstile attendance of nearly 208,000 and generated more than $70 million to the local economy, according to Visit Indy.
"Following a historic Gen Con 50, many wondered how attendees would respond to the 2018 show," said David Hoppe, president of Gen Con. "We’re happy to report that this year’s interest has surpassed last year’s record numbers. With additional organizational effort, we expect to support even more attendees while still preserving a world-class attendee experience. With the combined passion of our fans and the foresight and cooperation of our partners in Indianapolis, we’re eager to continue our convention’s growth in Indy."
Last week, Gen Con announced it extended its agreement to hold the massive event in Indianapolis through 2022.
This year’s event will take place August 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Gen Con says more than 500 exhibiting companies attend and more than 15,000 ticketed events are expected to take place.