Gen Con Ups Its Game...Again
INDIANAPOLIS - One of Indiana's largest conventions continues to grow. For the sixth straight year, Gen Con has set an attendance record. Organizers say more than 61,400 gamers took part in this year's event.
Gen Con says attendance grew 9 percent year-over-year, and has more than doubled since 2010. The conference featured more than 400 exhibiting companies.
Visit Indy estimates this year's event generated a $67 million impact on the local economy. Vice President Chris Gahl says the organization is working to secure an extended commitment to keep Gen Con in town past the current deal, which runs through 2020.
Earlier this year, Gen Con Chief Executive Officer Adrian Swartout voiced disappointment in the approval of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At the time, he said the organization had begun discussions about whether to keep the event in Indianapolis past 2020. Shortly afterward, the Indiana General Assembly passed a legislative "fix," specifying the law does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gen Con returns to Indianapolis next year for its 49th convention, which is scheduled to run August 4-7.