GaymerX East ’19 Has Been Cancelled

To our community,

We regret to inform you that we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel GaymerX East ‘19. Due to complications with our venue, we won’t be able to hold the event on the scheduled dates nor will we be able to easily reschedule.

All contributions to our indiegogo will be refunded. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us at info@gaymerx.org.

Here’s what happened…

When we confirmed our event with the Microsoft Times Square Conference center, we did so following the same process we had gone through for previous years. We were given the assurance that our agreement remained the same. However, a few days ago we were informed that their procedure had changed and that they would require us to sign a new contract. Partly, it would restrict which companies were allowed to sponsor the event. Additionally, the contract wouldn’t be ready for another month.

Sponsorships pay for a big chunk of our events. Large companies –a number of whom would likely not be allowed under the new contract– have been some of the biggest sponsors of past GaymerX conventions. We are a small, all-volunteer organization, and not in a position where we can hold a convention without significant financial support. In this case, using the free venue provided to us by Microsoft would be too expensive with the new restrictions being placed on us.

This left us in the difficult position. We either wait for the contract –which if its terms were unfavorable would leave us little to no time to renegotiate before our event– or we cancel the event before it’s too late to refund our crowdfunding backers. We’re choosing to do what we believe is best for our community because we value your support so much.

While this is an unfortunate outcome, we want to be clear that we harbor no ill will toward the Microsoft Times Square Conference center. Their space is no longer suitable for GaymerX East ‘19 and while we wish we could push forward with the event, we just don’t see a way to do so.

There is no way around it, this sucks. We know how disappointing this must be to our community. We hope you can forgive us. If there’s anything you need from the organization, please feel free to email us: info@gaymerx.org. Our deepest apologies to all of you.

Katie Kaitchuck

Executive Director, GaymerX

GaymerX East ’19 Guests of Honor

Today we are thrilled to announce our 2019 guests of honor! We are excited they will be joining us and they are just as excited to meet all of you!

Brandon Stennis

Brandon Stennis is a partnered content creator on Twitch.tv for the last 4 years. He also works as the Influencer Manager of the indie publishing company Versus Evil. Brandon has gathered quite the career in the gaming industry since 2012 and has innovated himself into a self made gaming personality. He continues to try and help other creators find their place within themselves and the gaming/streaming communities. 

Twitter: @iamBrandonTV

Twitch: iamBrandon

Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross is a Ph.D. student in Information Science at the University of Washington, and a contributing columnist to Gamasutra. Her work has focused on a range of topics, including game design, AI ethics, community management, and online harassment. Her cultural criticism has appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone, Bitch Magazine, The Baffler, Time, The Verge, Polygon, First Person Scholar, and The Daily Beast. She is also a sought-after thinker on technology whose commentary has featured on NPR, ABC Radio National, Le Monde, and Dagens Nyheter among others. Her fiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award nominated collection Nerve Endings. Recently, she has begun to enter the world of game design, contributing writing and scenarios to games like the Pathfinder RPG and Eclipse Phase. She yearns for the robot uprising and is currently writing a book on the subject.

Twitter: @Quinnae_Moon

D.J. Kirkland

D.J. Kirkland is a comic book artist from Charlotte, NC. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2009 with a BFA in Sequential Art, which is just a fancy word for comic books. When he’s not drawing comics, D.J. spends his time doing MORE drawing, playing fighting games, watching anime and talking about all of those things on a podcast with one of his best friends called Magical Boys.

Twitter: @OhHeyDJ

Instagram: @OhHeyDJ

Join us for GaymerX East ’19! Meet our Guests of Honor, explore the Expo Hall, engage in fascinating panels and workshops and MORE. Get your discounted presale passes by supporting the Indiegogo campaign!

GaymerX at PAX South 2019: Diversity Lounge and Q&A Panel

Hey, folks! Executive Director Katie Kaitchuck here to tell you about our upcoming plans this January.

I am excited to announce that GaymerX will be at PAX South 2019. You can come visit us at our booth in the Diversity Lounge on the North end of Level 2. Come pick up your pronoun ribbons and say hello to the team. We will also have buttons, stickers, and information about upcoming events. Just look for the bright pink table and banner!

Read moreGaymerX at PAX South 2019: Diversity Lounge and Q&A Panel

GaymerX East Player’s Guide

Let’s do a quick walkthrough of GaymerX East for this weekend!

Getting to the Venue

GaymerX East starts registration at 10AM, so make time for travel and all that to get to Time’s Square. The event takes place at the Microsoft Technology Center. This post here has useful tips for getting to the venue, and even good tips for food!

This is what the entrance to the Microsoft Technology Center looks like! The address is “11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036” but the entrance is actually on 8th street just around the corner!

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Registration

At the door you’ll be asked for your ID. If you registered through Eventbrite your name should be in the system already. We will hand you a pass that is used solely for getting in and out of the building through the building’s security. Please note that if you haven’t gotten a pass yet we are NOT selling them at the event, the event is officially sold out.

From there you will take the elevator to the 5th floor where you will be able to register and then hang out in the social lounge until the events begin. You’ll be guided as to where to go but there is also this handy dandy map!

Board Games

We STRONGLY urge people to bring one or a couple of cool board games to play in our tabletop area.  There will be some to play, but if you bring your favorite then you can show it to all the lovely people at the event! This also goes for card games and tabletop RPGS. The event can be WAY more fun when people bring a bunch of neat, interesting games that people may not have had a chance to learn before.

Video Games

We will have a BUNCH of amazing video games! Most of these will be cool indie games that you may or may not have ever played! We encourage you to try AS MANY of these games as you can during the weekend because a lot of these may be games that you won’t be able to play at home for a while. Most of the games will be brought by the developers themselves and you’ll be able to chat with them and talk about what they’ve made! Make sure that you EXPLORE as much as possible because there will be games all over the place and you’re gonna wanna find them all!

Panels and Talks

We have a TON of programming so whether you wanna check out 1 or 20 panels this weekend, we’ve got you covered! At most times there will be 1-3 sessions running in the 6th floor. Check out the handy dandy schedule app Sched to learn all about these amazing panels and the awesome people on them! Make sure you plan ahead, even if it’s just taking 10 minutes at the start of the day to check out the schedule. It’ll prevent that moment after the show where you regret missing your favorite speaker or topic.

HAVE FUN

GaymerX East is going to be an event where we can all let loose and have fun and make new friends and learn new stuff! Make sure to be friendly and kind to each other and abide by the Code of Conduct which is a handy tool for interacting with new folks! Also, keep in mind this is our first New York event ever and we’re new to the space, so bare with us and let us know if there’s anything you need!

After Party

On Sunday night, we will all head to the Iron Bar & Lounge, just 3 tiny blocks from the venue. There, we’ll be treated to an amazing show by the incomparable nerdcore rapper SAMMUS, which if you haven’t heard yet you’ll definitely want to check out. To get in just bring your GaymerX East badge and you’ll get into the show AND we’ll give you a drink ticket!

** WE HAVE OPENED UP A FEW TICKETS! Because of folks at GXE wanting to bring friends, we’re opening up some tickets for the after-party! Head to gxeast.eventbrite.com to get a ticket for the after-party. If you’ve already got a GaymerX East Con-Badge, then just bring that and you get in for free.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help! We’ve got lots of awesome volunteers around (check the badge ribbons!) and the staff will also be at Con Ops for anything you need! Also, if you have any ideas, feel free to share them, we’re pretty open minded! If you have any discreet questions feel free to email info@gaymerx.org and if you have private questions to ask, feel free to email toni@gaymerx.org or see us in Con Ops!

Last chance to get your tickets for GX East and GX Australia at the lowest price!

😍Join us in NYC November 12-13 for GaymerX East!

Get your tickets before Nov 1 when prices go up by $15! Only 150 tickets left too!

http://gxeast.eventbrite.com 

Check out our little map! 😀

ALSO!

This is your LAST chance to back GX Australia and help bring queer gaming and a safe space for nerds of all kinds to Australia… check it out and consider tossing them some $!

Just check out some of the Bosses of Honor coming to GX Australia Year 2!!





Damn!! LOOK at that lineup! Go back now!

Bye!

Thanks for a great GaymerX!

WE DID IT!!!!!

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Emi here, GaymerX Photography and Social! <3
Thanks to everyone who came out and played with us!

This year’s event was so magical and we know it’s because of the time we spent with all of you. We had such amazing attendees, staff, sponsors, panelists, exhibitors, performers, bosses, and a great hotel crew that brought it together in the best way.

We’re looking for feedback on the event, so please fill out the following survey – Click here to take the GaymerX Year Four Survey!

Our team has been resting and working hard behind the things to help share what it was like to be there, but in the meantime you can check out these great posts about GaymerX Year Four!

Interview with GaymerX Founder Matt Conn

KQED’s Overview of GaymerX Year Four

The Advocate’s Awesome Photo Set of GX4!

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Now that GX4 has come to a close, we’re turning our focus to making GaymerX East have the best first year we can. Don’t forget that tickets are on sale now, and our Early Bird price is only $40!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaymerx-east-tickets-27134859094

Feeling super inspired by GX4 and want to share that with our attendees? We decided to extend our panel submissions to the 14th! That’s Friday, so you still have two days to put something together and send it our way. We love new voices so please submit even if you’re feeling shy!

https://gaymerx.org/gxeastform/

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What’s coming after GX East? GX Australia of course! Our international friends are back again to bring you all another year of down under gay gaming.

Their Kickstarter is live now and needs your support, so please back them as soon as you can. They still have two weeks to go and every little bit helps them succeed.

Let’s make GX Australia 2017 possible!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gxaustralia/gx-australia-2017-australias-most-inclusive-conven/

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We love to hear from you!
Mention us on Twitter:  @GaymerX
Contact us through email: info@gaymerx.org

Logitech G Scholarship to GaymerX – Open until September 28th!

Still need a ticket for GaymerX?

The Logitech G Scholarship program provides the opportunity for game students, developers, and fans to attend GaymerX Year Four (GX4) when they may not otherwise be able to do so.

To apply for a free 3 day pass to GaymerX, plus a swag bag from Logitech, head over to https://www.gaymerx.org/gx4logitechscholarship

See you all soon!

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GaymerX Four – Travel, Parking and Food Options!

Hey Gaymers! This time next week we are going to be partying hard at GaymerX: Year Four!

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HOW TO GET TO GX4:
We have an extensive breakdown of trip maps at https://gaymerx.org/transportation/, and here’s the short list!

BART stations: Old Ironsides or Great America Station will both get you within walking distance of GaymerX

Lyft: We’ve partnered with Lyft and first time users will receive a free ride up to $25 – Use the code “GXYEAR4” to claim your free ride!

By Car: Ample parking is available at the nearby convention center parking garage, though please note the 49’ers are playing at Levi Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Oct 2nd, and that may affect parking so plan accordingly.

EAT:
TusCA Restaurant is located inside the Hyatt Regency and various restaurants are within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. Many of the restaurants below deliver by services such as ‘eat24’, so go in with a few friends and have a feast delivered to you.

TusCA Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara – Inside the hotel!

Hot Ice Cafe
5350 Great America Pkwy
Ste 102
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Bella’s Bar & Grill
1111 Elko Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Teedee Thai Laos Restaurant
4300 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Giovanni’s Pizzeria
1127 N Lawrence Expy
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Rabbits Foot Meadery
1246 Birchwood Dr,
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Gobi Mongolian BBQ
1135 Tasman Dr,
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Bawarchi Indian Cuisine
5350 Great America Pkwy,
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Iguanas Burritozilla
4300 Great America Pkwy #116,
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Pizza My Heart
4300 Great America Pkwy,
Santa Clara, CA 95054

We look forward to seeing you at GaymerX! #GX4

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