INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Gen Con organizers announced Tuesday that the upcoming 2020 convention has been canceled due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. According to a released statement on their site, the decision was made after extensive consideration and in consultation with Indianapolis government officials and public health authorities.
“Gen Con is the highlight of our year, and we know that it means as much to our attendees, exhibitors, event organizers, and local partners as it does to us,” said Gen Con president David Hoppe. “But after carefully monitoring the situation and having ongoing conversations with experts and local government officials, it became clear that the only responsible option was to cancel the convention for this year.”
The site said attendees who have purchased badges for Gen Con 2020 will be contacted by email with details about rolling their badges forward to 2021 or receiving a refund, and current hotel reservations made through the Gen Con housing block will be canceled automatically and free of charge.
“We know this was a very difficult decision for Gen Con to make, but we understand and support their decision,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “They’re great partners and we’re mutually committed for the long term. For me and so many others in our community, Gen Con 2021 can’t come soon enough.”
The convention’s organizers today announced plans for Gen Con Online, a free-to-attend virtual convention experience featuring live streaming content, remote gaming, and other online programming. Additional details about Gen Con Online will be announced in the coming weeks.
The full statement can be found on their site here.