For the first time in 50 years, Gen Con, the gigantic gaming convention in Indianapolis, IN, has sold out of their 4-day badges.
The convention says that they still have some single-day badges left, but the supplies of those are limited as well. Because Gen Con is anticipating selling out of those as well, they will no longer offer badge sales on-site at Gen Con. Instead all badge sales will be handled on their website, and you’ll be able to pick up your badge at their 24-hour will call.
Gen Con, in its 50 years of existence, has never before put a cap on their badge sales. The convention has been growing steadily over the years, and last year unique attendance was a whopping 60,819 people.
The convention has been spilling out of the convention center itself for years, with events being held at the surrounding hotels, and very recently in Lucas Oil Stadium as well. Gen Con 50 will feature more than 500 exhibitors and more than 19,000 events, and will expand to the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.
For my part, I’m glad they decided to put a cap on badge sales. The press of the crowd can make it difficult and uncomfortable to walk around on the exhibition floor, especially on Saturday, when attendance is the highest. I’m sure that it will still be crowded this year, but it could have been unbearable if they hadn’t decided to limit badge sales.
Gen Con 50 will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center August 17-20.
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