2018 will mark 2 years of declining attendance in a row, preceded by a year or two of flat attendance, which is honestly fine, but don't buy the hype that attendance is driving the sell out.
?? if last years was record setting attendance then how will this year mark the second year i a row for declining attendance?
GenCon's official attendance numbers only say 60,000+ for last year (in the press releases that I could find) so the poster is making an assumption that it's less than previous years despite the published turnstile numbers going against that assumption.I find it weird that I can't find a concrete number for last year's unique attendance, but even so, I feel that the OP is overstating the case to make a point.
Bingo! Gen Con has a long history of posting announcements of record setting attendance in both unique attendees (a real number that matters) and "turnstile" attendees (a fudgeable number with no definition that Gen Con has ever provided).
One thing is certain about record setting "turnstile" numbers: there are no turnstiles at Gen Con, nor any way of accurately counting other than counting sold badges. The smart money is on them counting each 4 day badge as 4 "turnstile attendees," and each 1 day badge as 1 "turnstile attendee."
The "record setting" turnstile numbers are just an artifact of flat-to-down unique attendees combined with a few percent increase of attendees buying four day badges (which cost less than 2 one day badges). You can see this in Gen Con's own 2016 press release if you read between the lines: 2016 had fewer unique attendees than 2015, but sold more 4 day badges, and registered more turnstile attendees: http://www.gencon.com/press/postshowrelease
Gen Con did not announce a record setting unique attendee number for 2017, which they surely would have had it occurred, and as they did in prior years whenever this occurred.
They did announce exact figures for unique attendance in 2016 and 2015, and 2016 was lower than 2015.
The failure to announce record setting unique attendance in 2017 is pretty strong evidence that unique attendance in 2017 was less than in 2015.
I guess 2017's unique attendance could have been between that of 2015 and 16, and thus not two years of decline like I said. I should have said "two consecutive years of unique attendance below that of 2015."
The numbers are at:
For the curious.
2015 saw 61,423 unique attendees, 2016 saw 60,819, and 2017 saw a surprisingly vague, "over 60,000" figure (2017 marked the first year in the last 5 when exact unique attendance figures were not released).