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Indy’s Largest Annual Convention to remain
SEATTLE, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2006) Gamers around the world can continue to anticipate the fun and excitement of the annual Gen Con convention right in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Gen Con LLC is pleased to announce the Gen Con Indy convention will indeed remain in Indianapolis for the next several years.
Gen Con has confirmed that they will be returning to Indianapolis in 2006 to celebrate the company’s 39th year and to continue the fine tradition that has been established in Indianapolis. Gen Con has signed an agreement for an additional four more years in Indianapolis, keeping the convention in the city at least through 2010.
"We are thrilled to keep Gen Con in Indianapolis," said Peter Adkison, CEO of Gen Con LLC. "The city has worked with us to address the question of size and capacity and we are satisfied that the needs for space for attendees and exhibitors will be met.
"Ultimately we need to provide our attendees and exhibitors with the best possible show we can produce and Indianapolis is the place where that can happen."
For the past three years, the Indiana Convention Center has been home to the largest consumer game convention in North America. Staying in Indianapolis has been Gen Con’s goal considering the success of the past three years at the convention center. When last years attendance reached more than 25,000, a 13-percent increase over the previous year, discussions were raised concerning the increasing numbers and whether the facility would be large enough to accommodate the growing event.
"Gen Con has quickly earned a special place in the heart of our city," said Bob Schultz, spokesperson for the Indiana Convention & Visitors Association. "We are thrilled at Gen Con’s decision to become an annual event on our convention calendar and promise to meet and exceed gamers’ expectations for outstanding visitor service and value in Indianapolis for years to come."
In 2005, Gen Con’s "Best Four Days In Gaming" generated more than $35 million in direct visitor spending for the Indianapolis community the financial equivalent of hosting an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four.
At Gen Con gaming enthusiasts don’t simply attend-they participate in more than 5,000 gaming events including interactive game play, hobby-related events, and computer gaming. Attendees can join in card games, board games, role-playing games, live-action role-playing games, seminars and workshops ranging in topics from how to develop games to how to paint miniatures.
Gen Con has more than 250 booths from which enthusiasts can learn more about their favorite games and products with companies ranging from the biggest in the business to hot, smaller shops. Often game manufacturers use Gen Con as
a stepping stone to display their new games or to run premier tournaments. Gamers can now mark their calendars for the next great gaming event. Gen Con Indy 2006 will take place Aug. 10-13 at the Indianapolis Convention Center. With more new-product introductions than any other game convention in the U.S., Gen Con is the place where consumers, game manufactures, and vendors get together to experience the latest and greatest in the gaming industry, along with time-honored classics. For more information and to register, call (800) 529-EXPO or visit www.gencon.com.
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Its operations include Gen Con Indy, Gen Con So Cal and Star Wars Celebration III, and licensee for European Gen Con shows. It was founded in May of 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who solely owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company’s mission is to create The Best Four Days of Gaming! every year for its customers. For more information visit the website at www.gencon.com.
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association’s mission is to advance Indianapolis tourism and economic growth. The total annual economic impact of tourism on the Indianapolis economy is $3.2 billion, which leads the way to 76,000 full-time equivalent positions in the hospitality industry. For more information about Indianapolis and the ICVA, go to www.indy.org.
[Edits for grammar, punctuation, artifacts, and syntax made by GamingNews Editor T. Rob Brown, http://t-rob.com]
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