Trade Day Information

Trade Day

Trade Day is a program for educators, professors, graduate students, librarians, and retailers. It is designed to provide hands-on training, share research, B2B and network opportunities, and participate in professional development opportunities through a day of seminars, demonstrations, and events.

Trade Day is split between two focuses, retailers, and educators and librarians. The retailer focus is on business, marketing, and building community. The educators and librarian focus is on how to gamify your classroom/library, gaming strategies in curriculum, and building community.

Anyone with a Trade Day badge can attend all events regardless of the focus; something can always be gleaned from a different perspective.

Trade Day is hosted on the Wednesday prior to Gen Con Indy, held in Indianapolis, IN.

Trade Day 2023

Trade Day programing will be hosted on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

    Wednesday Schedule Overview:

    • 8 am - Trade Day HQ opens / Onsite Trade Day Badge Pick-Up
    • 9 am - 9:30 pm - Events
    • 9:30 am - 5 pm - Trade Day Marketplace

    Here is some key information and dates for Trade Day 2023.

    • January 8 - Trade Day Event Submission/Event Submission Opens
    • January 29 - Trade Day Badge Registration/Badge Registration Opens
    • February - Housing opens
    • Early May - Event Catalog released
    • May 21 – Trade Day Event Registration/Event Registration Opens

    Trade Day Events

    Event topics vary from year to year but all are geared towards training, networking, and professional development for educators, librarians, and retailers. The event catalog will be available in early May, we will periodically update this page with information and of course include information in the Trade Day newsletter. While we wait to see what exciting events are being offered for 2023, here is the list of 2022 Trade Day events to give you a sense what you can expect from this program.

    We will once again host the Demo Night & Social Mixer event on Wednesday evening. A popular event where games are demoed from some of our favorite Trade Day presenters and exhibitors and an opportunity to socialize with your fellow Trade Day attendees!

    Things to know:

    • All Trade Day events are free and are electronically ticketed. You must have a current Trade Day badge in order to attend any Trade Day event.
    • Search using the “TRD” event type for a list of all Trade Day events.
    • We highly encourage attendees to register for specific events through the Gen Con event registration system. Registering for Trade Day events helps the organizer and hosts plan for the event appropriately. A ticket ensures you will have a seat!

    Trade Day Registration

    Trade Day is only open to professors, graduate students, educators, student teachers, librarians, distributors, and hobby retailers.

    Trade Day Badge Price for 2023: $235

    Trade Day badge registration includes:

    • Access to all Trade Day event programming
    • A complimentary 4-day Gen Con Indy 2023 badge

    The Trade Day application is part of the Trade Day badge purchase process. You will be asked several quick questions which are needed when vetting for acceptance into the program.

    Buy your Trade Day badge now! Sign in to required.

    Trade Day badge sales will close Sunday, July 9, at 11:59 pm (eastern).

    Trade Day Marketplace

    An exciting new initiative created to bring more B2B opportunities to the Trade Day program experience.

    Trade Day attendees will have first opportunity at some of the exciting products that can help in the classroom, library, and retailer stores. You will also be able to meet 1-on-1 to ask questions and get your order(s) lined up.

    Watch this space for periodic updates about who will be exhibiting this year. Trade Day Marketplace is only open to those with a current Trade Day badge.

    If you are a game publisher, manufacturer, and/or distributor and interested in learning more about the Trade Day Marketplace, check out our webpage for more information.

    Trade Day Focused Newsletter

    To stay up-to-date with all things Trade Day related, we now have an exclusive Trade Day email newsletter! Be in the know on the latest updates and information for this program, sign up for this targeted Trade Day only newsletter.

    And should you want to be up-to-date all the happenings at Gen Con, you can also sign up for that email newsletter too.

    Trade Day Sponsorships for 2023

    Trade Day offers a range of sponsorship opportunities to promote your company to a targeted audience of retailers, educators, and librarians. You don’t need to be a Gen Con Indy, exhibitor or have purchased marketing to take advantage of these offerings. Bundle with both Trade Day and Gen Con Indy sponsorships to create unique marketing opportunities designed especially for you and your company.

    Here are all the available Trade Day sponsorships for 2023. For more information and/or questions about these opportunities, please contact Megan Culver.

    Trade Day Presenters / Event Hosts

    Check the Trade Day Host webpage for information related to hosting events for Gen Con's Trade Day program. There is no cost to you to host an event for Gen Con. Event submission for Trade Day 2023 is now open.


    More information can be found here using the yellow help bubble at the bottom of each of our website pages. Or email us at [email protected].