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Origins Online Cancelled After Many Pull Out Due To Lack of BLM Support

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Origins, the third or fourth largest tabletop gaming convention in the world, was postponed earlier this year due to the pandemic; in its place an online convention, Origins Online, was planned. This has now been cancelled.


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The convention is organized by GAMA (the Game Manufacturer's Association), and was cancelled after many companies and individuals pulled out (see the twitter thread by boardgames designer Elizabeth Hargrave), with the organization's lack of support for the Black Lives Matter said to be the cause.

GAMA released a statement last night, in which it affirmed its support for BLM, and offered to refund companies and attendees for the event (or to match the fees as a donation to one of several charities).

 PRESS RELEASE



Statement from the GAMA Board of Directors:

To Our Community:

The Game Manufacturers Association believes that Black Lives Matter. We unequivocally condemn racism and violence against people of color. We have been too late in making that statement with force, and we apologize. The injustices of today demand that every person of good conscience make clear where they stand and we wish we had been more proactive, more strident, and more effective with our voices. Innocent people of color are being killed in the streets of the communities where we live, and it is not acceptable.

We cannot responsibly hold our virtual convention, Origins Online, in this setting. Even if it were possible to hold it, it would not be appropriate to do so. So, we are announcing here that Origins Online is cancelled.

The Board must voice its loud thanks to those who worked enormously hard to assemble Origins Online in a completely inadequate window of time. GAMA’s staff worked miracles, publishers hurried to learn new tools, fans took a chance to buy tickets. We could not be more grateful for their efforts, which we see and will not forget.

Every exhibitor, sponsor, and advertiser will be offered a full refund, as will every gamer who purchased a badge.

GAMA will match, dollar for dollar, any exhibitor, sponsor, advertiser, or vendor who donates the amounts they are owed for Origins Online to one of the organizations listed below. It is difficult to predict how many will take this opportunity, but the potential exists for the matched amounts to exceed $100,000, which we wholeheartedly hope will happen. The Board sees this as the next step, but not the final step, in the Association’s journey.

  • Black Lives Matter Global Network
  • Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
  • Columbus Freedom Fund
  • The Community Justice Exchange
  • The Innocence Project
  • NAACP

Further details will be sent to these companies by email in the coming days.

The Board thanks every person whose voice reached us in recent hours and days. It is hard, we know, for those voices to speak when they have so much at stake. We are grateful for your persistence, eloquence, and will.

GAMA’s vision statement is “A game on every table, a table for every gamer.” We commit to working toward that day.

In service,
GAMA’s Board of Directors, and Retail Division Board


UPDATE -- one day later, the postponed Origins Game Fair itself has now been cancelled too. This due to the pandemic -- "Based on the information we are receiving on the likelihood of a second wave of the COVID pandemic this fall and uncertainty around Ohio’s mass gathering restrictions for festivals, fairs and events like ours we have made the difficult decision to also cancel the October Origins show. We regret the timing of the decision but believe that is better to provide as much notice to exhibitors, event planners and attendees to adjust their schedules and plans for the rest of the year."
 
Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Nobody will be allowed to remain neutral in this culture war.

It seems like you must prostrate yourself before the outrage mob or be destroyed. And make sure you are sufficiently fervent in your plea for forgiveness. Cancel culture is becoming more like a cultural revolution. Struggle sessions ahead! They aren't being accuses of racist behavior, rather not making a statement to the satisfaction of certain people. Due to that they are "absolute garbage".
 
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Warpiglet

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It seems like you must prostrate yourself before the outrage mob or be destroyed. And make sure you are sufficiently fervent in your plea for forgiveness. Cancel culture is becoming more like a cultural revolution. Struggle sessions ahead!

Holy Moses! It’s not enough to be a good business providing good service. You also have to be politically active or you’re hosed?

What if I agree with a part of a movement and not another? Just banned?

When we stop be able to get the things we want I suppose we will take notice.
 

Jimmy Dick

Explorer
You can't stay neutral on a moving train - Howard Zinn.

There's a lot of backlash coming from the failures of many to change the way they do things. History shows us this taking place repeatedly. The removal of statues honoring traitors to the United States, the demands for police reform, the continuing struggle for equality within the United States, all of these have been resisted for years by people who refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of these efforts. Finally, the inevitable change is taking place, sweeping away those who have tried to prevent it. The changes could have been much smoother, but the refusal to accept the changes by some has resulted in what is taking place today.

Keep in mind that the culture wars are started by those who refuse to accept change and lost by them as well every time. Change may take time, but it always happens eventually.
 


Warpiglet

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You can't stay neutral on a moving train - Howard Zinn.

There's a lot of backlash coming from the failures of many to change the way they do things. History shows us this taking place repeatedly. The removal of statues honoring traitors to the United States, the demands for police reform, the continuing struggle for equality within the United States, all of these have been resisted for years by people who refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of these efforts. Finally, the inevitable change is taking place, sweeping away those who have tried to prevent it. The changes could have been much smoother, but the refusal to accept the changes by some has resulted in what is taking place today.

Keep in mind that the culture wars are started by those who refuse to accept change and lost by them as well every time. Change may take time, but it always happens eventually.

Not able to answer in this forum. But thanks for the apparent reply.
 

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