Demand for Upper Deck Games at Gen Con Far Exceeds Expectations
Posted On 10 Aug 2015 / 2 Comments
As many of our customers witnessed themselves, the recent roll out of 4 highly anticipated new releases at Gen Con Indy far exceeded any and all expectations Upper Deck had anticipated. With tens of thousands of gamers in attendance, crowds were extraordinary throughout the weekend.
Fans were chomping at the bit to get into Gen Con each day with many excited to check out new offerings from Upper Deck!
This photo was taken shortly before Fire Marshals decided to shut down Upper Deck's line for the sale of new gaming releases.
“It was like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s entertainment brand manager. “There was no way to keep up with the demand from traffic coming through the booth. Luckily, we were able to get enough pre-release product to get us through most of the weekend before Legendary Encounters: Predator, Marvel Legendary: Secret Wars and Bring Out Yer Dead sold out on Sunday.”
Upper Deck was prepared for interest in the company's new releases with a stocked booth for purchases.
Each day fans flocked to score Upper Deck's new games and stock was depleted.
Despite a significant amount of product stored right in the booth, Upper Deck ultimately sold out of many new releases by Sunday of the show.
The demand for the new releases even extended into Upper Deck’s Organized Play area, with tournaments selling out in record time – creating a shortage of staff for previously scheduled side events like win-a-box games, demos and beginner events. Unfortunately, to accommodate the swell of new tournament players, many of the small side events had to be cancelled and money refunded to players that had already registered.
Lines to participate in Upper Deck sanctioned events stretched across the tournament hall!
Tournaments were sold out each day.
“This was the first time we released so many new products at once, all with OP events to support them,” said Jeff Piroozshad, Upper Deck’s entertainment marketing & organized play specialist. “We did not anticipate such a huge demand, and are already working with Gen Con on expanding our space and increasing our staffing for next year. It’s a terrible feeling to have to cancel events for fans who are excited to learn and play our games. Our whole team would like to extend a sincere apology to our fans, and we want them to know that we are already hard at work on ways to make the OP experience better for everyone. Delivering an epic experience is a top priority for all of us at Upper Deck.”
Gamers did enjoy the Marvel Legendary $10,000 Championships!
Not only did the winner score $5,000 from Upper Deck, but he also won a sweet Captain America Trophy!
The Vs. System $10,000 Championships were a battle to the end!
Ultimately the winner was crowned and everyone who tried out the new version of the Vs. System appeared to enjoy it!
Additionally, Upper Deck is looking to grow the company’s network of volunteer staff and judges for events like Gen Con to support a larger number of players. If you are interested in working with Upper Deck in our Organized Play division, especially if you are within driving distance of Indianapolis, please email us your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org. In particular Upper Deck is looking for candidates who have experience in gaming, are well versed in Upper Deck’s games and most importantly, who love interacting with the gaming community.
Upper Deck staff worked hard to provide demos of newer products like Legendary Encounters: a Predator Deck Building Game, Firefly: Shiny Dice and Bring Out Yer Dead in particular!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Upper Deck’s games and events at Gen Con. We are committed to improving the customer experience and making Gen Con Indy 2016 bigger and better than ever!