Very Important Gamer (VIG) Program

Gen Con's VIG Program access is in limited supply. Returning VIGs have the first chance to secure VIG Packages annually, during early rebooking. The account holder must be 18 years old to purchase a VIG package.

Gen Con 2024 VIG Program Details

Registration Dates:
Early Registration for returning 2023 VIGs -Sunday, February 11, 2024 Noon (Eastern)

Price: $740

Companion Price: $285

Hotel Dates:

Returning Registration Housing opens for returning VIGs on:

Sunday, February 11, 2024 noon (Eastern)

February 24, 2024 at 11:59 am (Eastern)

Registration for new VIG's - Sunday, February 18, 2024 Noon (Eastern)

Price: $740

Companion Price: $285

Hotel Dates:


Sunday February 18th, 2024 noon (Eastern)


February 24, 2024 at 11:59 am (Eastern)

VIG Package Benefits

Hotel Registration
Each VIG gains access to the housing block. The VIG hotel block will opening still needs TBD. VIGs who are booking rooms may reserve one room for their VIG Package and a second room if they've purchased a Companion badge. If you do not reserve by (Date TBD) you can reserve housing from the regular attendee housing block, while supplies last.

PLEASE NOTE: All VIG rooms are self-pay and require a credit card to make the reservation. A list of available hotels will be listed on the website when you access the housing portal. Once the reservation has been made through the Housing Bureau, there is a penalty for any cancellations.

4-Day Access + Benefits
Very Important Gamers will receive a special badge with 4-Day access to Gen Con Indy plus access to the VIG Lounge and other benefits.

VIG Lounge
Enjoy the comforts of a private VIG Lounge and concierge service, near the action but away from crowds and noise. Lounge features include:
        • Exclusive VIG Will Call
        • Games Library
        • Event Registration
        • Complimentary beverages
        • Complimentary Wi-Fi
        • Charging stations in the lounge
        • Full access to the Lounge for all VIG children ages 17 and under
        • VIG Gifts pick-up
        • Priority seating at events

Exclusive VIG Gifts
Every VIG (Not Companion) who stops by the VIG Lounge during the show will receive exclusive VIG Gifts. These gift collections may include items such as: a Commemorative Gen Con shirt, a VIG pin, Gen Con merchandise and promotional items from Exhibitors, Sponsors, Guests of Honor, Event Organizers, etc., based on availability. There are often VIG-exclusive coupons, which could include discounts for specific booths in the Exhibit Hall and other special deals. Promotional items are not guaranteed, and gifts will vary from year to year, based on availability.

VIG Mixer
The VIG Mixer is a “happy hour”-style get-together for our Very Important Gamers and guests. It’s a chance for VIGs to hang out and enjoy appetizers, beverages and stimulating conversation in a laid-back atmosphere. More information about this year's Mixer will be communicated to VIGs through periodic newsletters. Gen Con staff are always present, and happy to have the opportunity to get to know you personally. Seating is limited so get your tickets as soon as they're available!

Exclusive VIG Exhibit Hall entrance at opening

VIG's will have their own entry doors to the Exhibit hall every morning between 10 and 10:30 am. This door will be located between the Hall J Exhibitor entrance and the hall K doors on the Capitol concourse. This is also the Accesibility entrance to the Exhibit hall.

VIG Exclusive Events
Lists of VIG exclusive events will be added to the Gen Con Registration System, as they are approved. If you are a VIG or VIG Companion interested in running an event in the VIG Lounge, please contact us at [email protected]. We would love to hear your ideas!

"Members Only” VIG Forum
As a member of the VIG Program, you will have access to an exclusive Forum where you can converse with fellow VIGs and voice your thoughts and ideas Gen Con Community. Please email your Gen Con Community login name to [email protected] if you cannot see this forum.

First Chance at a VIG Package for next year!
Very Important Gamers not only receive excellent benefits for the current show, but they also have a chance at “first right of refusal” for next year’s show. This means VIGs can purchase their next year’s VIG Package before Badge Registration opens to the general public and procure their first choice of hotel before housing officially opens. Specifics are detailed in the VIG Newsletter which will be sent out in December. VIG packages are non-transferable.


Gen Con instituted a skip a year policy as a part of our COVID response for the VIG program. This year (2024) will be the last one that you can skip a year and remain in the program.

VIG Lounge Events 2024

  • Peter Adkison talks about his history with Dungeons & Dragons (Friday, August 2nd at 12 pm)

VIG Companions and Children

VIG Companion Packages

Anyone who purchases a VIG Package has the option of purchasing one VIG Companion badge. Please note that the account holder must be 18 years old to purchase a VIG package, but there is not an age limit on Companions.

The VIG Companion Badge allows the bearer access to the following:
        • The VIG Lounge (including games or events taking place in the Lounge)
        • Will Call and Event Registration in the VIG Lounge
        • Complimentary beverages in the Lounge
        • Reserved event seating as listed above for VIGs
VIG Companions will NOT receive the following:
        • VIG Gifts
        • VIG Coupons
        • Access to Housing (This will be booked by the VIG Package purchaser)

VIG Children

For children ages 11-17, VIGs must purchase a regular 4-Day badge. If the child requires access to the VIG Lounge, the VIG parent must bring the child to the Lounge for a special identifying sticker. (Children ages 10 and under do not require a badge, but their VIG parent will need to pick up a wristband in the Lounge and provide their contact information for emergencies.) Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a VIG adult while in the VIG Lounge, or for special VIG seating at events.
The special identifying sticker allows the child access to the following:
        • The VIG Lounge (including games or events taking place in the Lounge)
        • Will Call and Event Registration in the VIG Lounge
        • Complimentary beverages in the Lounge
        • Reserved event seating as listed above (when accompanied by a VIG adult)


If you are interested in being a VIG in 2025 please email [email protected] between November 15 and December 15, 2024 to be entered into the drawing for a 2025

1. You must provide your name as it appears on your Gen Con account in the body of your email
2. You must provide the email associated with that account in the body of your email.
3. You must be 18 to enter.
4. Do not send it multiple entries from other account you may have in the system.
5. If your account is associated with a group or Organization please let us know (You cannot buy a badge unless that org is temporarily unhooked from your primary account)
6. You must buy that VIG badge for yourself. VIG badges and packages are not tradeable or transferable. The Companion badge can be bought for anyone on your friends list.

If you have questions about the program, please feel free to email us at [email protected].