Corporate Fact Sheet
WHAT IS GEN CON?
Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community.
Celebrating its 49th year in 2016, Gen Con "The Best Four Days in Gaming!" has become the largest annual consumer fantasy, electronic, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Each year gaming enthusiasts converge to share their enthusiasm for all things gaming; whether its tournaments, celebrity appearances, exhibit hall booths, electronic games, workshops, seminars, anime, art shows, auctions or countless other activities.
With an avid following of more than 140,000 consumer and professional attendees, Gen Con is THE destination for everyone from serious fans, to those simply interested in casual gaming. Many people ask "Gaming? What kind of Gaming?" Gen Con appeals to all hobby gaming enthusiasts, essentially all gaming except sports and gambling.
Game manufacturers and publishers consistently utilize Gen Con as the place to launch new games and new products, show off the latest and greatest game expansions and features, and host incredible tournaments. From world championships awarding thousands of dollars to non-professional games created by passionate enthusiasts, playing games is what it's all about.
WHERE IS IT HELD?
Gen Con takes place each August at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gen Con is non-stop, around-the-clock gaming including role-playing games (RPG's), trading card games (TCG's), video and computer games, miniatures, board games and more. More than 14,000 scheduled, ticketed events and hundreds of exhibitors make Gen Con the "can't miss" event on every gamer's calendar.
WHAT KIND OF GAMING EVENTS HAPPEN AT GEN CON?
Gen Con is the quintessential "meeting ground" and "battleground" for all types of gaming for all ages. Attendees come to participate in RPGs, TCGs, card games, board games, family games, live-action role-playing games (LARPs), miniatures, video and computer games, and more.
WHAT OTHER EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT GEN CON?
The four days are full of plenty of hobby-related events as well, such as:
The Family Fun Pavilion, an E-Game Arena, a Costume Contest, life-size 10,000 sq. ft. True Dungeon, gaming auction, the largest sci-fi and fantasy art show in the country, over 300 exhibitor booths, Authors Avenue, anime, seminars, panels and workshops, Training Grounds (area dedicated for children), film festivals and more.
THE VISIONARY BEHIND GEN CON
Peter Adkison, founder and former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, is the owner of Gen Con, LLC. Peter Adkison purchased Gen Con from Wizards of the Coast in 2002.
While the annual event takes place each summer in Indianapolis, Gen Con's corporate office is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Gen Con is a name that has been with the gaming world for more than 45 years. It began as a meeting between friends to play games in Lake Geneva, Wisconsion- thus the name Gen (Geneva) Con (Convention). Today that name lives on in the gaming industry as the place to go to experience The Best Four Days in Gaming! Currently Gen Con has licensed events in Europe (France and the UK) and Australia.
Gen Con 2016 will begin Thursday, August 4 and last through August 7, 2016.
The exhibit hall will be open each day with limited hours, however gaming takes place at the convention center and at surrounding hotels 24 hours a day during the 4-day event. The convention will take place at the Indiana Convention Center.
Gen Con LLC is a privately held company with corporate offices situated at:
120 Lakeside Ave #100
Seattle, Washington 98122
Phone 800-529-EXPO (3976) or 206-957-EXPO
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Gen Con's PR Manager, Stacia Kirby at stacia(at)speakeasy.net.or