Gen Con’s Co-Owner and Chairperson of the Board on the Cancellation of Gen Con 2020
This decision will not be surprising to many of you, but due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, we announced today that we are canceling Gen Con 2020 in Indianapolis and planning an online event in its place.
This will be the first time in the 50+ year history of Gen Con that we will miss the chance to see each other in person, and it hurts, but nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our attendees and the communities they hail from.
I have a conviction about the power of people being together in the same space. Things will have to change as we learn how to adapt to this crisis, but one day we’ll join together in rolling real dice onto the same tabletop.
Until then, we adapt and we keep going. For us, that means working on Gen Con Online and planning for our triumphant return to Indianapolis for Gen Con 2021. If you’ve already bought your badge for Gen Con 2020 and you’re willing to roll it forward to next year, it would be a huge help in keeping us operational as we work towards the future.
If there is one thing we’ve all learned as RPG players, it’s that you have to tell your own story no matter how your dice land. For me, this is a story about us banding together to keep our party safe until we can gather again to enjoy the fellowship that comes from gaming together. This crisis will not be over quickly, but it will end, and we will all meet around the same table again.
The best part of Gen Con for many of us is gathering in person with people who share our passion, and I know it may seem difficult to be as enthusiastic about a virtual event, but we are committed to making Gen Con Online a memorable experience, and we need your help to bring it to life with your love of gaming and your incredible sense of community as gamers.
I hope to see you all online this summer. Stay well, hang tough, and game on!