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HotBox Pizza Returns, Cosplay, Badge Giveaway Contest, Trade Day Announcement, and Exclusive Gen Con Pins!


HotBox is back as the Official Pizza of Gen Con, now taking that mantle for the third year in a row! With nearly 20 locations around Indy, you don’t have to be downtown to try HotBox Pizza. You can get pizza slices, including a custom pizza made just for Gen Con 50, on Georgia St., or from their downtown Indy location. Gen Con fans will get to vote on several aspects of this cool promotion. You can find out more about HotBox at their website.

“HotBox Pizza is proud to be a Gen Con partner,” said Gabe Connell, Founder at HotBox Pizza. “To us, Gen Con is all about people. The incredible Gen Con staff working tirelessly to organize the chaos, people who travel from near and far to meet friends and share their passion for gaming, and, of course, everyone in the hospitality industry working long hours so all of our guests have plenty to eat and drink while they enjoy their time in Indy. As a small, local company, HotBox Pizza is honored to be part of such a large and incredible event.”

HotBox set a one-week sales record during Gen Con 2016, beating their previous record set during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Let’s see if Gen Con can do it again! Their signature “The Deal” promotion includes a single topping pizza, breadstix, and two drinks for $16.99.

Cosplay, or costume play, is the art and science of dressing up to portray a character. Attendees, each year, dress up as a variety of characters, from their favorite TV series, comic books, and video games. This year, Gen Con will present more than 40 hours of programming related to cosplay, including costuming workshops, seminars on presentation and cosplay etiquette, and the popular Crossplay Contest. Special Cosplay guests for Gen Con 50 include Britt Bliss, Mogchelle Cosplay, and Cosplay Guest of Honor, Carl Martin of Shinka Studios.

Check the event listings when they become available in May for a full list of cosplay events. In addition, Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center will feature special locations for you to stop and take your picture. Take a photo of your costume to post online and share it with friends! Please tag your photos with #genconcosplay or #gencon50 if you would like to be featured on Gen Con’s social media accounts during the convention. Interested attendees should read Gen Con’s Ethics and Conduct policy, No Harrassment policy, and Costumes & Weapons rules to ensure a fun, safe time for all attendees.

Retailers, educators, and librarians, don’t miss your chance to participate in the annual Gen Con Trade Day on Wednesday August 16. Trade Day badges are selling at a brisk pace, and will sell out prior to Gen Con 50. There is still time to take advantage of the opportunity to attend seminars, meet exhibitors, demo games, and network with industry professionals. Gen Con has more than 60 seminars to choose from this year. If you plan to attend Trade Day in 2017, order your Trade Day badge soon!


To celebrate this year’s upcoming May the 4, Gen Con is hosting a #GenCon50Giveaway on Instagram. Post your original “May the 4” pics starting now, tag #GenCon50Giveaway, follow @Gen_Con on Instagram, and you could win a pair of badges to your choice of Gen Con 50 or Gen Con 2018! The winner will be chosen and announced on May 4, 2017 at 9 am (Pacific).

Contest only open to US residents, ages 18+. Void where prohibited. Rules subject to change. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram, Star Wars, Lucas Arts, or Disney. By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Instagram and Gen Con LLC of all liability in connection with this contest.

The Limited Edition Gen Con 50 Pin, Gen Con 2017 Gold Lapel Pin, and a set of three collectible lapel pins from 2015, 2016 and 2017 are all now available in the Official Gen Con Store!

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