Today, GaymerCon has made another big splash with the announcement that it will be changing its name to GaymerConnect. The convention of which they raised nearly $100,000 for on Kickstarter will be renamed Gaymer X, in the vein of nerdy pop culture references like Racer X and Megaman X.
The change in name for the organization, as well as the convention, is partly in response to the trademark owned by Gam3rcon on the term “Gamercon” and its phonetic deviations. Since launch of the Kickstarter, GaymerCon had been in discussions with Gam3rCon to come to terms on a shared use agreement. Those talks failed to resolve the trademark dispute, and with the impending launch of GaymerConnect, the change was made. The change was not made in any relation to the more well known case of Chris Vizzini, who earlier this year outraged the reddit community R/Gaymers by sending them a cease-and-desist.
In conjunction with the release of their new social network for gaymers of the same name, GaymerConnect is a new web based service for LGBTQ and allied gamers to chat about specific games, find queer friendly guilds, meet other gaymers based on mutual games or location. There are also easily accessible gamertags for gaymers to make friends on their chosen gaming network, be it Steam, Xbox LIVE, PS3, or WiiU.
“Just like Gaymer X, GaymerConnect was conceived and built because we knew that there was a very large audience of queer and allied geeks out there who were being underrepresented,” said Andrew Evans, cofounder and tech director of the organization. “It’s something that allows gaymers across the globe to find local gaymer groups, meet new friends, and if they’re into a very specific game, chat with other gaymers in a safe and friendly atmosphere.”
Gaymer X will be held in San Francisco, California on August 3-4, 2013, and will feature geek celebrities like Zach Weiner and Matthew Michael Brown, as well as a full concert--with guests to be announced at a later time. Tickets are available for purchase through GaymerConnect, which is now out of beta at GaymerConnect.com.
GaymerConnect is based out of San Francisco, California, and brings together a diverse group of gay, lesbian, trans, and allied gamers with the goal to create a better world for the queer gamer population.
For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @gaymerconnect.