In a surprise announcement, Gen Con has hired a new face to take an executive seat among the board. Industry veteran David Hoppe will join Gen Con as its new President, taking over management of the company’s Seattle office beginning in May 2017. This change-up means that Adrian Swartout will be stepping down as Gen Con’s CEO following this year’s Gen Con 50th event.
Swartout has over 10 years of leadership with Gen Con under her belt. During her time as CEO she, and the rest of us, has seen Gen Con’s attendance double, which makes it the biggest tabletop gaming event of the year. Gen Con 50 is already set to break records, and it will certainly not disappoint. After taking her step down, Swartout will continue to serve on Gen Con’s Board of Directors.
“I’m ecstatic to return to the hobby game industry and join the incredibly talented team at Gen Con,” said David Hoppe. “Gen Con has accomplished so much over the past 50 years, and I’m looking forward to working with Peter Adkison, Adrian Swartout, and the entire Gen Con team to continue making the ‘Best Four Days in Gaming’ even better for sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and most importantly, the 60,000+ attendees who make Gen Con a truly global gaming community.”
Hoppe is currently Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Blastworks, Inc. a mobile games developer and publisher with operations in North America and Europe. At Blastworks, David oversees performance marketing, analytics, data science, and business development. Prior to Blastworks, David spent five years as a Director of Business Operations for Xbox Live and Microsoft, as well as being a founding member of two game development startups (Flashlight Creations & Tenacious Games). He also served as a consultant to Upper Deck Entertainment, and from 1995 to 2002 was SVP of Organized Play, as well as Brand Management at Wizards of the Coast during the meteoric rise of both the Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon trading card game franchises.