Many of you have been expecting this news, and believe me, it is not easy to write it.
We waited as long as we could, hoping against hope that some good news would come along and give us a chance to go on with Empire Game Expo 2020. Unfortunately, it's become clear that I must make the decision that is in the best interest of attendee & vendor safety and well-being. Even if the ban on public events has been lifted by July, it will be impossible at this point to pull together all of the various threads needed to give you a convention of the quality we are known for, and a show you deserve.
Empire Game Expo 2020 has been cancelled.
The good news: a contract has been signed and dates have been reserved for next year (July 10-11, 2021).
Vendors & sponsors: You should have received an e-mail from us. If you didn't, please check your spam folder and drop us a message here.
We understand that the era of coronavirus is a tough time for many of us financially. It has been tough for us as well. We are automatically carrying over vendor/ticket reservations to the 2021 show. We hope that most, if not all vendors and ticketholders will be able to carry over their payments to next year. If you are unable to, please talk to us and we'll do our best to take care of you.
For our part, we will be taking extra precautionary measures at our events for next year and beyond, including extra cleaning of all interactive surfaces, training in proper sanitation techniques for staff and volunteers, handwash stations, providing masks for those who ask for them, and more.
We are absolutely committed to continuing the show for next year, and will use this extra time to plan a massive, better-than-ever Empire Game Expo. We hope that as things begin to return to something resembling normal, you are all as eager and excited as us to resume attending and vending at conventions.
Our other show, RetroGameCon (Syracuse, October 10-11th, 2020) is still scheduled as planned for now.
Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with any questions or concerns.
Director, Empire Game Expo