Let’s answer the big question first: How fast did tickets sell out this year?

There were 1425 tickets released across all three rounds.

  • All tickets were held in 30.07 seconds
  • The waitlist filled up 2.11 seconds after that

In other words ShmooCon 2022 sold out in 32.18 seconds.

Remember – this is the time in which the “line” to reserve tickets fills up. It takes a few minutes more for people to fill out their email address, request 1 or 2 tickets, and actually complete the reservation.

Total time for all reservations to be complete across the three rounds was 30 minutes and 47 seconds.

Ok, tell me more.

There were a total of 748 distinct transactions across all three rounds.

Tickets reserved per transaction:

  • Round One – 310 reservations were for 2 tickets, 30 were for one
  • Round Two – 261 reservations were for 2 tickets, 28 were for one
  • Round Three – 106 reservations were for 2 tickets, 13 were for one

Looking at tickets purchased across all three rounds:

Unique IPs – 624

  • IPs with 1-2 transactions – 607
  • IPs with 3-5 transactions – 17
  • No IPs had more than 5 transactions.

Unique Email Addresses – 639

  • 550 purchased in one round
  • 69 purchased in two rounds
  • 20 purchased in all three rounds

What about people on the waitlist?

This year a total of 42 people got tickets after being waitlisted.

  • 16 in round one
  • 15 in round two
  • 11 in round 3

And the rest of the tickets?  Who do they go to?

ShmooCon caps attendance in order to preserve atmosphere, make effective use of our con space, and keep our sanity.  This year that magic number is just over 2000, about 200 less than normal.

There are 1425 expected attendees from general ticket sales.  There are 45 students and 38 Shmoozers coming through the Shmooze-A-Student program.  80 students (with some faculty) coming from the service academies. 180+ tickets are allocated to sponsors.  Pile on 30+ speakers, 30+ events folks (think Lockpick Village, RF Village, etc), 90+ staff members, 15+ registered members of the press, and a few other categories of tickets (donations, contest winners, etc) and we end up right against that 2000 goal.

What if I want to know more?

We talk a bit more in depth about ticket sales and our philosophy behind it (as well as many other things) in this online post.  Also, as we do every year, we’ll chat about all of this live at the 0wn the con session (which is taped and available for viewing later).

For those of you who like to look at the past – here’s the data for 20202019 and 2018.

If you have any questions, email is the best way to go!