There’s a low-key option for those looking to celebrate Pride away from crowds and partiers: For the first time, Seattle PrideFest is showing its geekier side by hosting a gamers’ convention.
Queer Geeks and Gamers will include exhibitions, video games, board game launches. Organizers are expecting about 150,000 people at Seattle Center after Sunday’s Pride parade, and many of them to attend the convention inside Fisher Pavilion.
“We wanted to find a way to use this space to reach out to people who maybe don't feel like they don't want to be in the big crowds or that Pride is not for them. I've heard that a lot from my geek friends,” PrideFest executive director Egan Orion said, noting the convention will draw thousands of non-gamers because it will be the only air conditioned area in Seattle Center.
Game designer Christian Derego says it is a safe space to introduce his new board game Paws and Padlocks.