GenCon 2022 Draws Over 50,000 Attendees

Gen Con reports that it attracted over 50,000 attendees this year. While that's not quite back to pre-pandemic figures (2018 saw over 60,000 attendees, and 2019 had 'nearly 70K'), it's a big step back towards it. By comparison, UK Games Expo had just over 23K attendees, while Origins Game Fair reported just under 12K this year. attracting a unique attendance of over 50,000 gaming fans to the...

Gen Con reports that it attracted over 50,000 attendees this year. While that's not quite back to pre-pandemic figures (2018 saw over 60,000 attendees, and 2019 had 'nearly 70K'), it's a big step back towards it.

By comparison, UK Games Expo had just over 23K attendees, while Origins Game Fair reported just under 12K this year.

attracting a unique attendance of over 50,000 gaming fans to the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) and Lucas Oil Stadium

Not just attendees had a large turnout.

The convention’s exhibit hall featured more than 530 game publishers and vendors. Publishers released more than 500 new game titles during the convention. More than 15,000 ticketed events were held over the four days, ranging from board games, card games, roleplaying games, comedy, music, seminars, the Costume Contest, Film Festival, and more.

“This year’s Gen Con was even better for us than 2019,” said Stephanie Shossow, Event Manager for The Op. “Gamers came ready to bring fun to the table!”

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darjr

I crit!
This was the biggest event I've attended in three years - probably 10 times larger than the next largest event.
I'm happy they had a big showing and many people enjoyed themselves, but I can say that I personally wasn't ready for this kind crowd: my anxiety is still through the roof.
Ope, sorry. My Son was the same way. We took plenty of “alone” breaks.

I get it too but not till after the convention.
 
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Retreater

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were masks mandatory? ive seen pics with some on but most have them?
For all attendees above the age of 2, it was mandatory to wear masks unless actively drinking or eating in the designated area. There was also a "mask break" area in the big game room. Also, we had to wait in a line for over an hour to show our proof of vaccination to get a yellow bracelet - which had to be worn at all times (going into the Vendor Hall, picking up tickets/badges at Will Call, attending events, etc.)
Granted, with masks it's never 100% compliance all the time. However, it was the best rate of any location I've visited in the past 2 years - far better than GaryCon, for instance.
They did have staff making rounds in the game areas to enforce the rule.
 



For all attendees above the age of 2, it was mandatory to wear masks unless actively drinking or eating in the designated area. There was also a "mask break" area in the big game room. Also, we had to wait in a line for over an hour to show our proof of vaccination to get a yellow bracelet - which had to be worn at all times (going into the Vendor Hall, picking up tickets/badges at Will Call, attending events, etc.)
Granted, with masks it's never 100% compliance all the time. However, it was the best rate of any location I've visited in the past 2 years - far better than GaryCon, for instance.
They did have staff making rounds in the game areas to enforce the rule.
what was the yellow bracelet for?
 



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