NIS America To Fulfill Its Original GaymerX Sponsorship Agreement [UPDATE]

Danganronpa publisher will fulfil $3,000 offer to back GaymerX.

Update: David Alonzo from NIS America has commented on the issue with Matt Conn, which surfaced due to "miscommunication". NIS America will fulfill its promise to back the GaymerX event. The following statement was sent to GameSpot:

"We've worked closely with Matt and have since resolved the issue. This came about because of miscommunication on my part and I sincerely apologize for that.

I also want to say that as a part of the LGBTQ community, I will always be supportive of queer rights. I got a bit overzealous with my support, but because of this I failed to follow the proper internal protocol. Fortunately, NISA wholeheartedly endorses the community, and has fulfilled what was promised.

I'm happy that we've been able to resolve this, and I appreciate that Matt was able to work with us to resolve this quickly. I support what he does for the community 100% and I only wish the best for him and his future endeavors."

The original story follows below.

According to LGBT-themed video game conference GaymerX founder Matt Conn, publisher NIS America (Danganronpa, Disgaea) backed out of a sponsorship deal for this month's GaymerX2. Conn shared an email on Twitter reportedly from an NIS America representative, who explained that the company would not be able to make good on its promise for funding.

The representative apologized in his note to Conn, and said he truly believes in what GaymerX is trying to accomplish. Conn went on to claim that NIS America was "bullying" GaymerX, though he later apologized for implying that NIS America's choice to not pay was based on his sexuality.

"NIS America is a good company that made a small oversight and I responded strongly," Conn said. "We both are at fault and I look forward to a quick resolution. I have no interest in causing NIS America harm. I just want to be paid for the services that were rendered. I have been assured it was a mixup."

NIS America reportedly pledged $3,000 to GaymerX. Though the company will not be making good on this agreement, other high-profile developers have come forward with the funds. Publisher Devolver Digital (Broforce, Hotline Miami), Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell, and Goat Simulator developer Coffee Stain Studios, have all pledged $3,000 to GaymerX.

The second annual LGBT-themed GaymerX convention was held earlier this month in San Francisco, featuring a number of panels and presentations, including one from Borderlands creator Gearbox Software about inclusivity in gaming. Despite growing support from big-name publishers like 2K Games and Electronic Arts, this year's show might have been the last.

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134 comments
jerusaelem
jerusaelem

"Ugh! Why does there have to be STAR TREK conventions? I wish they'd stop pushing their "Klingon acceptance" agenda on all of us! Why can't they just make a "ALL TV PROGRAMS" convention, huh!? I'm not even fond of Star Trek, but as a straight white male age 15-25, I simply cannot STAND feeling excluded from ANYTHING, even if it doesn't effect me in the slightest! I was under the impression that the whole point of being a Trekkie is to be excepted by ME, despite the fact that I clearly do not agree with your television viewing habits at all!"


^ This is precisely how stupid the majority of you sound right now. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Oh NIS America, what are you doing? After the launch of the horrible EU story you really do not need more bad press.

Btw why did Gamespot not report about this? They launched an EU shop, forcing all non-US gamers to buy there. But they translated the prices with 1$ = 1£ and the shipping to my country, Switzerland, became actually higher. So now if I want to buy a game, I have to pay around twice ( !!! ) the price

digishah
digishah

@KevinVanOrd What? No sponsorship from Gamespot?

fede018
fede018

look how all the developers stick up for each other and then see all the hate dividing gamers. Sad... 

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

They're just doing this for attention and good publicity, kinda like EA donating a few bucks to charity.

fede018
fede018

@Tiwill44 geez, could you be any more cynic? There are good people out there, you know. Now everyone is a monster with a hidden agenda, kid

Prometheus
Prometheus

I still fail to see how sexual orientation is relevant enough for gaming to warrant a separate convention.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

@Prometheus  Did you ever consider the possibility that there are gamers that are anti gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender? Could you imagine what it would be like with quite a few gamers bigoted against said sexual orientations in the same convention?

michyeosseo
michyeosseo

So GaymerX is mainly aimed at the LGBT community, but what makes it different from other gaming conventions?


Also, shame on Matt Conn for assuming NIS America pulled out because of homophobia. The email David sent to Matt was a very polite email explaining him in detail what went wrong. David apologized and never insinuated any homophobic behavior. Matt later apologized but still manages to get in 'a small oversight' on NIS America's part ("I'm sorry that it's your fault I overreacted"). This feels like the pushy people in the street asking you to donate money to Greenpeace who, if you don't give them any money, indirectly make you feel like you clubbed a baby seal or harpooned a whale yourself. "You don't want to donate money to GaymerX? So that means you hate gay people? Better tell the press about this..."


Not to mention the nasty things he says about some of the (ex-)sponsors and their games in the comments on that Twitter post...


hystavito
hystavito

@michyeosseo I was going to say the same thing, I'd really like to know what happened behind the scenes, because if there was no real evidence, then Conn should be harshly criticized for reacting that way.  If he had not apologized, this story would be about how NIS might be evil, and let's be honest, even with little or no evidence a lot of people would simply believe it.  That's not really an LGBT specific thing, just in general the "corporate" side is usually assumed to be the guilty party.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Yeah that was my first rhough too. Guess they are so focussed on how everybody hates them for their sexuality, that they see anything as an act of homophobia

DrKill09
DrKill09

I'm g*y, and I'm against this whole convention.  Why are the left always trying to divide people among race, gender, and sexual orientation?  People are people.  None of that crap matters to me.

fede018
fede018

@DrKill09 it's called awareness, kiddo. G ay people in the past had it much worse, so be thankful to them

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Can you be any more of a condescending doucheknock?

fede018
fede018

@diggyphelps just trying to educate. Don't be proud to be ignorant and think everything is going wonderful. 

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Telling a g@y guy how to feel about a g@ymer con... You may be the most self absorbed reject ever. Why don't you Tallyho yourself back to tumblr or reddit or wherever you immature weirdos circle jerk and stay there.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

@DrKill09 Not sure why.  I've been to game and comic book conventions on the only bullying is people saying how sucky the game or show the person likes.  No bigotry at all.

oflow
oflow

Bullying them? It was $3000 not $300k or an amount that would keep them from producing the event.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

@oflow did you even read what he said? He said he wanted the $3,000 to be paid for rendered services. He's liking demanding them to pay for donations. Oh give me your money now I have services to pay for. Donations come from one's free will not by force.

ECH71
ECH71

For a minority, g*y people are getting a lot of articles here on Gamespot...

Kinda worrying...

fede018
fede018

@ECH71 yes, so worrying, they are trying to convert us! Run!!! 

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

@fede018 @fgjnfgh @ECH71 none of them if you're asking me. But, it's obvious that you care enough for them defending them like that. Either you're one of em or your lover is

fede018
fede018

@fgjnfgh @fede018 @ECH71 yes, I'm g ay because I support g ay rights. I'm also black and a woman because I also support them... *rolleyes. 

I didn't know that I was talking to a kid. Sorry, this will be the last time you hear from me. 

fede018
fede018

@fgjnfgh I don't wanna waste my time arguing with stupid kids on the Internet. Look at the sh.t you wrote. It's embarrassing. Now, go away and play COD and call other kids f@gs

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

@fede018 @fgjnfgh @ECH71 Kid? oh yeh gaays are really friendly. Why fleeing so soon? I won't hit you with a stick or anything c'mere. Or is it that what your kinds into? Hitting each others with sticks?

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

@fede018 @fgjnfgh oh look who's back to say hello again. Sorry to interrupt you from whatever your kinds are into. Whip the other cheek or tug of war gaay edition. Or whatever s*** you people do

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

I enjoyed disgaea, but minus respect points to Nippon Ichi. This is flaky.

Geogyf
Geogyf

dont care for these things

DVONvX
DVONvX

I believe that naked women are grossly underrepresented in the gaming community. I demand "NakedCon" to become a thing or I will be offended. 

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

there's ga y people at those things too, what's their excuse?

presauk
presauk

@DVONvX naked women are readily present at nudist beaches, colonies, adult modelling websites and pornography websites... You don't really need a con for that. 

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

Damn, bigots be gettin all heated at the mere mention of homosexuality or LGBT news within gaming.


Fantastic comments section, would read again. 10/10

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@greaterdivinity It's always nothing but retardation in the comment section here.  Half the time I skim the article and scroll right down.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Tiger_Ali Or Herman Cain's website...holy hell most of those conservative "news" sites have the most ignorant and hateful comments sections I've ever seen.

Pewbert
Pewbert

It's got nothing to do with tackling social issues - it's just a place for attention seekers to get the attention they crave.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Pewbert I heard it was actually really fun. Kinda sad I didn't find time to show up and see what was happening. Haven't been to a convention in ages, even a small one.

And it could, you know, but a place for folks who usually feel "out of place" in many area's and wanted to have somewhere that was specifically created to be as inclusive to everyone as it possibly could be. That too.

DVONvX
DVONvX

@greaterdivinity @Pewbert when I go to any type of Con the first thing I think of is "do all these people love women like I do?" It bothers me the whole time. 

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

@greaterdivinity @DVONvX Straight folks at GaymerX not feeling excluded huh? I think the name alone reeks of exclusion to straight people. That's kind of the point the rest of us have. Regular game conventions just have general names. The fact that sexuality is brought into it at all is honestly a joke. It's beyond ridiculous for any type of gathering that doesn't have to do with dating, hooking up, or looking for someone to be labeled based on sexuality. 

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Dissentioncc Despite the name, no, they're not. There have been some fantastic articles about straight folks, including gaming journalists, who went there expecting to feel out of place and coming out having a blast.

The name exists to be more clear to LGBT folks that this is a place that's created with them in mind and that they're welcome. Straight folks are totally welcome too, but the default is that things are designed for straight folks, so they don't need a designation in the name.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@DVONvX Except that's not the point. The point is that by default, cons are geared towards straight male audiences. Why do you think booth babes still exist? While they're not intentionally trying to be exclusionary, I know some LGBT folks who feel really awkward and out of place there since everything feels like it's aimed at "someone else".

From what I've read/heard, GaymerX tries to make everyone feel like they're welcome and included. That's as important as the games there. And for folks who feel out of place in a lot of situations as they're not the "default", that's something important.

Because mind you, there were plenty of straight folks at GaymerX, and I don't think I've read/heard of any of them having a bad time or feeling excluded.

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

@greaterdivinity @Dissentioncc I have no doubt that straight people could feel welcome at these conventions. That doesn't deter from the fact that most straight people would probably see the name, assume differently, and not attend simply because of the name. 


LGBT folks are welcome at regular gaming conventions too because everyone is welcome without putting a label of what your sexuality is before entering. If this is a dating convention for LGBT gamers to meet than that would be entirely different.