January 6, 2022 – Upheaval to the board game convention world continues. GenCon 2022 dates and vaccination requirement announced. The event will be happening again this year, August 4 – 7th, and proof of vaccination will be required.
Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, today announced badge registration information and issued an update on health and safety procedures for its upcoming 2022 convention. Gen Con Indy 2022 will run August 4-7 in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, celebrating 55 years of events since Gen Con’s founding in 1968.
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Badges for Gen Con Indy 2022 will go on sale Sunday, January 30 at noon Eastern on gencon.com. The convention will continue to operate in a hybrid format, featuring virtual Gen Con Online event programming as well as Pop-Up Gen Con in-store events across the country. All in-person participants in Gen Con Indy 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask in all indoor spaces.
“After a successful return to in-person events in 2021, we can’t wait to return to Indianapolis for Gen Con Indy 2022,” said Gen Con President David Hoppe. “We look forward to celebrating 55 years of Gen Con with attendees in-person in the Indiana Convention Center, online through our livestreaming and Gen Con Online virtual events, and across the country at Pop-Up Gen Con in-store activations.”
GENCON 2022 BADGE INFORMATION
Gen Con Indy 2022 4-Day and single-day badges will be available for purchase beginning at noon Eastern on January 30. Registration for a free Gen Con Online-only badge will begin on May 8, and Pop-Up Gen Con badge registration will cost $5 and begin on June 19.
4-Day: $125 | Thursday: $65 | Friday: $65 | Saturday: $80 | Sunday: $16 | Trade Day: $225
Gen Con Online-Only: $0 (Available May 8)
Pop-Up Gen Con: $5 (Available June 19)
Most attendees who rolled their 2020 or 2021 badges forward to 2022 will find their badges on their Gen Con account and no further action is needed. A few will be sent instructions on how to claim their rolled-over badges. Badge holders who do not wish to attend Gen Con Indy 2022 have the option to return their badge for a refund starting on January 30 by contacting Gen Con customer service at [email protected] with full name and account information. There will not be an option to roll over any badge to 2023.
Housing registration will begin at noon Eastern on February 13, and event registration for ticketed events will open at noon Eastern on May 15.
GENCON 2022 HEATH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
Based on evolving public health and safety concerns, Gen Con will implement vaccination and masking requirements for all in-person convention participants in an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees, partners, and staff.
Everyone participating in Gen Con Indy — including all attendees, exhibitors, gamemasters, event organizers, and event staff — will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved or authorized by the FDA or WHO, and proof of vaccination will be required to attend the convention and gain entry to the convention center.
Details about acceptable documentation and the verification process will be announced in the coming months, but convention organizers anticipate that participants will be required to show either verified digital proof of vaccination on a smartphone or their physical vaccination card, along with government-issued ID, before entering the convention center.
Everyone participating in Gen Con Indy — including all attendees, exhibitors, gamemasters, event organizers, and event staff — will be required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces unless actively eating or drinking in designated areas.
Gen Con’s restrictions and requirements are subject to change, and Gen Con will consider modifications to its mandatory vaccination policy on a case-by-case basis based on the most up to date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Indiana and Marion County public health agencies.
For more information, stay tuned to our Convention Health and Safety page for updates.