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A record-setting year for Gen Con

Nearly 70,000 attend
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Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 13:06:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS—Gen Con packed them in once again this year. The four-day tabletop gaming convention in Indianapolis drew nearly 70,000 people to the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium and downtown hotels.

"Each year we come to Indianapolis for Gen Con, the show feels bigger and better than the one before, and this year was no exception," said Gen Con President David Hoppe. "We are humbled by the support and enthusiasm of the tabletop gaming community, and we're thrilled to see the continued growth of this hobby that we and our attendees love."

Besides a record number of people, the four day convention hosted a record 538 exhibiting companies. After launching it last year, Gen Con's live streaming efforts expanded this year, attracting 6,900 unique viewers at peak time, according to spokesperson Stacia Kirby.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett was also impressed. "For residents and visitors alike, Gen Con provides a one-of-its-kind experience that lives up to its moniker as the Best Four-Days in Gaming," said the mayor. "Each year, Gen Con sets records and expands its impact here in Indianapolis, providing attendees a quality convention experience, as well as connectivity to our city's world-class restaurants, hotels, entertainment and amenities—resulting in a local economic impact or nearly $70 million."

Planning now begins for next year's Gen Con, July 30 to August 2, 2020.