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Gen Con Announces Badge Registration Dates for 2021 Convention

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2021)  Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, today announced badge registration dates for the upcoming 2021 convention. A limited number of 4-Day and single-day badges for Gen Con Indy will go on sale at noon Eastern on Sunday, May 23.

The convention was rescheduled to September 16-19, 2021 and will proceed with a hybrid format combining three concurrent events to offer a flexible range of opportunities for participation: a reduced-capacity Gen Con Indy in-person at the Indiana Convention Center, Gen Con Online livestreaming and gaming events, and Pop-Up Gen Con retail activations at local games stores. Registration for Gen Con Online and Pop-Up Gen Con will open on June 27, 2021.

In-person attendance will be capped to comply with local, state, and national public-health and safety guidelines, and 4-Day badges are anticipated to sell out quickly. Once they do, no further 4-Day badges will be offered this year, but additional inventory of single-day badges may become available based on changing health and safety guidelines. All attendees who have rolled over their badge from 2020 are guaranteed a badge and will have their badges rolled over on their accounts automatically.

Trade Day will return for Gen Con Indy 2021 in partnership with Alliance Game Distributors with a modified schedule and content tracks. A limited quantity of Trade Day badges will be available starting May 23 for educators, librarians, and retailers. Trade Day attendees who have rolled-over their badges from 2020 will be contacted with additional information.

Pop-Up Gen Con registration will cost $5 and open on June 27. Attendees will select their choice of local game store from the list of participating retailers when registering. Due to health and safety concerns, each store will determine how to operate their event safely in their community, and some stores will not offer online registration.

The organizers recognize that the rescheduled dates coincide with observance of Yom Kippur and apologize that this conflict will make it difficult or impossible for many Jewish attendees to fully participate in the convention.

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  • Dan Arndt

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