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, network, 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.

Press at Trade Day

We welcome anyone with a press badge to cover/report on Trade Day events and program overall. Press badge holders can audit some events but not participate in them. Press wanting to participate in Trade Day, please contact us regarding a Trade Day badge.

Trade Day 2022 Recap

Trade Day was a big success this year, thanks to all those who participated, attended, and contributed to this program.

With approximately 302 participants, 36% retailers and 42% educators/librarians, and over 60 events that serve both tracks and some that crossover too, we met our Trade Day attendance goals and those for the program overall.

Our Keynote – Social Impact of Games presented by Mary Flannagan (sponsored by Ferris State University) was a standout event with long lasting take-a-ways and our Demo Night & Social Mixer event was a happening good time and enjoyed by all. Here is a list of all the 2022 Trade Day events hosted to give you a sampling of the types of events being offered.

We have some wonderful and exciting new plans for growing Trade Day in 2023 so stay tuned to this page for all the latest updates and information. To stay up-to-date with all the things happening at Gen Con, sign up for our email newsletter and social media.

Some key time frames to be aware of for 2023:

  • January - Badge registration and Event Submission opens
  • February - Housing opens
  • May – Event Registration begins

All Trade Day events are free to those with a current Trade Day badge and are electronically ticketed.

A Trade Day badge includes a complimentary 4-day badge to Gen Con Indy.

Trade Day Presenters / Hosts

Check the Trade Day Host webpage for information related to hosting events for Gen Con's Trade Day program. Event submission for Trade Day 2023 will open in January.


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].