INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2023) — Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has selected Indy Reads and Game Pathways as its official charity partners for 2023. Since moving to Indianapolis in 2003, the annual convention has raised more than $400,000 for its charity partners.
“The work that Indy Reads and Game Pathways are doing is incredibly important,” said Megan Culver, Gen Con’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Events. “We are honored to partner with them for 2023, and to help them do the kind of work that is vital to the community.”
As part of this agreement, both organizations will receive proceeds from Gen Con’s 2023 fundraising efforts, including longstanding charity events such as the popular “Cardhalla,” a mass-destruction of giant playing card structures. Both groups will also receive promotional marketing and table space at the convention to connect with attendees and share information about their work.
“Game Pathways is thrilled to be partnering with Gen Con in 2023,” said Christopher O’Neal, Founding Board Member for Game Pathways. “Through programs like their BIPOC Lounge and their Participation Grants, Gen Con is leading by example in creating a safe place for everyone at the gaming table. Our organization’s mission is to address issues of representation and diversity in the tabletop gaming industry, and we’re excited to see industry leaders stepping up to take these issues seriously."
“Indy Reads is deeply grateful to be named one of the official charity partners for the 2023 convention and to partner with Gen Con as we strengthen our community through English literacy," said Ruba Marshood, Indy Reads' Chief Executive Officer. “Reading, like gaming, bridges divides and builds community. When we sit down with our families to read, to play, to engage with each other in a shared language, we can build amazing things. By partnering with Gen Con this year, we will be able to continue serving adult learners who have not been able to sit at our communal tables so that they may begin to take their seats."
Gen Con Indy 2023 will run August 3-6 in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, celebrating 20 years of events in Indianapolis since the convention moved to the city in 2003. The convention will continue to operate in a hybrid format, featuring virtual Gen Con Online event programming and livestreaming. 4-Day and single-day badges are available for purchase at gencon.com.
About Indy Reads
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For nearly 40 years, we’ve worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. Current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through its in person and virtual Community Classrooms and workforce certification programs, Indy Reads helps adult learners increase their literacy and English language proficiency, prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, and build the workforce skills to improve their employability and advancement potential. Indy Reads proudly serves adults of all literacy skills levels, including the most beginning-level.
Learn more at indyreads.org
About Game Pathways
Game Pathways seeks to improve representation and diversity in the tabletop gaming industry by increasing student awareness of career paths, introducing students to industry professionals, and working with game companies to engage under-represented groups. It is a nonprofit organization founded by industry professionals who care about inclusivity, creativity, and celebrating new voices!
Game Pathways hosts a yearly face-to-face event for Los Angeles-area college and high school juniors and seniors. This event connects students to leaders in the board game industry to create an immersive learning experience focused on the fundamentals of game design and career paths in the industry. Additionally, the nonprofit hosts industry resources on its website, funds grants and scholarship for minority game designers, and is building a directory of game publishers with job and internship openings that welcome minority candidates.
Learn more at gamepathways.org
About Gen Con
Gen Con is the largest and longest-running annual event devoted to tabletop gaming culture in North America. The convention, which began in 1968 in Lake Geneva, WI, takes place each summer in Indianapolis, IN. During the convention, attendees shop and demo games from hundreds of exhibiting companies and choose from thousands of ticketed events representing a wide array of board games, card games, roleplaying games, seminars, entertainment events, and more.
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