Organizers of this year’s GaymerX, the gaming convention described as a “safe place” for LGBT gamers, announced on Twitter this week that their sophomore event will be their last. Without the help of large corporate sponsors, the event “became too much of a burden,” they said.
Founded in 2013 as a Kickstarter project that aimed to celebrate the diverse LGBT culture in the gaming world, GaymerX launched a second Kickstarter campaign to fund this year’s meeting at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. The campaign raised over $24,000 — $14,000 above their initial goal — but the event couldn’t be sustained without the help of corporate sponsors.
“We decided that we could no longer continue as a convention as the price of running a yearly convention downtown in San Francisco was just too high — we weren’t able to get the corporate sponsorship that we needed to make it something sustainable, and we were racking up huge amounts of debt to put this years con on,” organizer Matt Conn told Polygon. “That being said, we’re going to make the very best convention we can and we’re super eager to see a rise in more alt-cons in the future, making gaming accessible to everyone.”
But it’s not the end of the line for GaymerX. Conn also says that “anything could happen” and he’s “not against it coming back in some other, more sustainable form.” Until then, gaymers will have to endure the rampant transphobic mockery at events like the Eurogamer Expo.