Gen Con gaming convention hits record attendance

Gen Con gaming convention hits record attendance
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Gen Con 2014 enjoyed another year of record-breaking attendance at the Indiana Convention Center.

The annual gaming convention grew more than 14 percent over last year, with 56,614 attendees, many of those coming for more than one day. 2014 was the fourth consecutive year of more than 10 percent growth; attendance has more than doubled since 2009.

"Gen Con 2014 is a testament to a more than decade-long relationship between Indianapolis and the game industry, which has culminated in the best attendee experience yet," said Adrian Swartout, CEO and owner of Gen Con LLC.

Due to Gen Con's expansion throughout the Indiana Convention Center, the show also featured a record 370+ exhibitors and more than 14,000 events.

Another new record in 2014 was set for donations to Gen Con's official charity partner. Gen Con raised more than $40,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana's BackSacks program, which provides weekend food to children at-risk for hunger. This donation includes a $20,000 check provided by Mayfair Games' "Cones of Dunshire" event, a charitable game played Saturday on Georgia Street. ("The Cones of Dunshire" was originally a fictional game created by a character on NBC's "Parks & Recreation" but was fleshed out into a game that could actually be played at this year's Gen Con.)

"Since their first show in Indy in 2003, Gen Con has evolved into more than just a great convention for gamers - it's become a one-of-a-kind cultural event," said Leonard Hoops, president & CEO of Visit Indy. "The entire Indy hospitality community is proud to host Gen Con and we congratulate their team on yet another record-breaking year."

Indianapolis' tourism and hospitality industry will continue to benefit from the convention for years to come. Gen Con has a contract to be in the Circle City through 2020.

Gen Con 2015 is already slated for July 30 - August 2, 2015.