The Gaming Ladies event will return, but without the support of Candy Crush developer King. The organisers behind the women-only event have announced new attendance information, also explaining the circumstances surrounding the event’s postponement.
King cancelled Gaming Ladies initially after masses of online abuse were levelled at the company over the event.
Gaming Ladies Set to Continue
It was supposed to take place in their premises, and after all the online fuss they decided to step back due to security concerns.
— Gaming Ladies (@Gaming_Ladies_) July 17, 2017
The organisers behind Gaming Ladies revealed that the show will still go on, but a new location for the event has been set. It will begin at 6:30PM on July 27, at the Auditorio MEDIAPRO in Barcelona and entrance will be free. The event is still women-only and is open to cisgender and transgender women.
In several tweets, the organisers explain why King decided to cancel the event. Although it was set to take part on King’s premises, the company decided to “step back” due to security concerns. The organisers still wanted to go ahead with Gaming Ladies, though, and so things were only postponed until the team could find a new location to host the event.
In a Facebook post, the team also refutes rumors that the event was initially cancelled due to its women-only stance, as some suggested that it was shut down because creating women-only spaces is “illegal.” The organisers also state that as many other games conferences are predominantly male, and as this event has limited capacity and they wanted to reach as many women as possible, it was important to ensure that women take up all of the spaces.
Moreover, the organisers want Gaming Ladies to offer a “safe environment” for attendees, as in an environment where the viewpoints are less homogenous and women are free to express themselves, which isn’t always the case in male-dominated areas. The organisers add that they also want to “offer future generations good female references and a network of contacts to help them feel welcome.”
The posts also explain how men can support the Gaming Ladies initiative despite being unable to attend the event and discuss how likely it is for them to host a mixed gender event. For now though, all of the focus will be on ensuring that the women-only Gaming Ladies event proves successful.
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