27 April 2020
It's been a difficult month
It’s a gloomy Monday today, and not just because of the weather. In a Facebook post and video interview, UK Game Expo has advised of the cancellation of the 2020 expo planned for August.
The UK's largest (and the worlds third largest) hobby games convention had been scheduled originally for May 2020, but made the decision to change the date to August 2020 as a result of the global pandemic, and guidelines on social distancing and safety. However, the news has come today that UKGE has now also cancelled their later date in response to consultations with sponsors, partners and the venue itself.
In their Facebook post regarding the cancellation of UKGE 2020, they say decision was made to protect the health and wellbeing of attendees, but also the financial viability of the exhibitors and UKGE itself, as there’s no doubt this will affect all parties involved. It offers its apologies for any impact, and is working with providers and hotels to try to help with costs.
Visitors and exhibitors are entitled to receive a full refund of tickets and stand fees, or can roll over to 2021 at your request. Choosing to roll on your ticket will help with their funding for the coming year, though you are entitled to receive a refund, and this process will be automatic. Tickets for the subsequent year can later be purchased when all required refunds have been processed.
It’s the latest in a string of convention cancellations as a result of COVID-19, and whilst perhaps not surprising, it remains a shame. Whilst it means we won’t be meeting to play games in the near future, we’ll continue to look forward to seeing you when it’s safe.