Gay gamer convention GaymerCon raises over $12,000 on Kickstarter within first 24 hours
GaymerCon, which is described as “the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT geek culture,” brought in $12,223 USD from supporters on their Kickstarter project within just 24 hours.
The project was launched at around 11:45pm EST on Wednesday, and by the same time on Thursday, it had reached nearly 50% of its $25,000 goal. GaymerCon is scheduled for the late summer of 2013 and will be held in San Francisco.
Matt Conn, the founder of GaymerCon, is excited by how well the Kickstarter project is going. In a short interview with Equalitopia, Matt said, ”I’m extremely surprised and humbled by the outpouring of support - it’s amazing to see that people want to see this subculture grow and flourish… and that’s awesome.”
The Kickstarter project is currently up to over $16,500 (65% of the goal) and has 29 more days left in its funding period. With 338 backers, contributions are averaging at around $49.
Just like all Kickstarter projects, if GaymerCon doesn’t reach its goal by the funding period, all backers will be returned their full contribution and the project will receive $0. Looking at the amount of support it has already received, it’s unlikely that it will have any trouble reaching its goal.
However, not everyone has been so supportive. Matt told us that some have criticized him: “It’s depressing the comments and the way people who are against the con have expressed their…feelings on it. We want to create a safe, fun space for this community to grow - and it is not about segregating them at all from the larger community.”