The Gaming Goat President Expelled from Gen Con – ICv2

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Jeff Bergren, President of The Gaming Goat retail chain and franchise operation (which additionally has a sport publishing division, TGG Games), was expelled from Gen Con, the conference introduced and Bergren confirmed in a Facebook put up.  The transfer was taken after a variety of allegations of unhealthy conduct by Bergren had been posted to the Gen Con blog, together with the allegation {that a} Kickstarter by the corporate’s publishing division included a product cowl with symbols related to white supremacy.

“Jeff Bergen [sic] will not be attending Gen Con,” the organizers mentioned of their blog post.  “We appreciate those who have provided information regarding this situation…  We take our Anti-harassment policies seriously, but we do not discuss the results of our decision making with the public for the safety of all involved.”  Bergren’s firms had been allowed to exhibit on the present.

The Kickstarter (which is presently stay) was for a sport referred to as Tournament Fishing, and the picture was for a frog displaying what gave the impression to be the OK image.  The OK image can be utilized as an emblem of white supremacy (see here the reason by the Anti-Defamation League), and comedian character Pepe the Frog was appropriated as a white supremacist meme, with creator Matt Furie combating again within the courts (see “InfoWars Pays Matt Furie“).  The picture was faraway from the Kickstarter, and Bergren posted photograph references to Facebook that seem to depict precise frogs with the identical positioning of their digits.  Executives from The Gaming Goat didn’t reply to requests for remark.

The transfer is the primary public ejection of a significant business determine by Gen Con because it expelled Iello COO and GAMA President Stephan Brissaud in 2018 after a confrontation between Brissaud and a conference safety guard (see “Iello COO, GAMA President Expelled from Gen Con,”  and “Police Report Filed on Gen Con Incident“).

Other business gamers have additionally taken motion, together with Boardgame Geek, which announced that Bergren’s account has been locked and that it will not settle for promoting from The Gaming Goat or TGG Games.

[Note:  Gen Con referred to “Jeff Bergen,” but the Facebook and Twitter accounts that appear to belong to The Gaming Goat CEO are for “Jeff Bergren.”  We’ve used the “Bergren” spelling throughout.]


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One Comment on “The Gaming Goat President Expelled from Gen Con – ICv2”

  1. This is interesting because the entire basis of this is based on a well-known hoax. BGG is banning users pointing out that it’s a hoax. This is clearly harassment of Jeff Bergen in which the staff at BGG and GenCon are complicit.

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