By Patrick Yacco
Originally published on Advocate.com April 16 2014 1:04 PM ET
Despite a successful launch in 2013, leaders of the LGBT-specific gaming conference GaymerX have decided that the 2014 convention will be the last.
In a statement on their website, organizers cited a lack of long-term sponsorship as the primary reason to end the conference: "The decision was not made lightly, but one that was made after spending much time looking over numbers, and realizing that trying to create a mega-event of this size, and trying to grow it at the pace that we were trying to keep was becoming unsustainable."
The GaymerX convention opened in San Francisco last year as a way to unite and organize LGBT geeks passionate about video games, affectionately referred to as "gaymers." With backing from a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $91,000, the two-day event attracted well over 2,000 attendees — twice the amount anticipated — and garnered national headlines.
Although 2014 will see the final GaymerX conference, organizers are certain their mission will continue into the future: "We hope that we could help spark debate in the mainstream gaming world on issues like gender and sexual diversity in games, and that the fight for creating a better world for queer geeks will live on until there is true equality."
GaymerX will take place at the InterContinental in San Francisco from July 11 through July 13. For tickets and more information, visit GaymerX.com.