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GenCon LLC Files for Chapter 11

This is a preventive measure to protect themselves whilst they sort out financial problems caused by the Star Wars convention they run (and are currently being sued for $1million by LucasFilm for breach of contract or something I believe).
It shouldn't really affect GenCon Indy and the UK and other shows are run by third-parties under license anyway. I'd imagine they'll all be fine.

FYI:

http://www.gencon.com/2008/corporate/news-pr/releases/2008/2008.02.15.Press.aspx

SEATTLE (February 15, 2008) Gen Con LLC announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the State of Washington. This action became necessary as a result of significant unforeseen expenses associated with attempts to expand its core business to encompass externally licensed events. Gen Con's flagship show, Gen Con Indy, remains a vibrant, profitable event. Gen Con Indy will take place as scheduled August 14–17, 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The protections afforded by Chapter 11 will allow Gen Con to further its efforts to address its liquidity needs, preserve value for its creditors and explore strategic alternatives for the business. "Because the fundamentals of our business are strong; and because our debt problems are challenges mostly linked to one-time events, we feel confident that the profile of our company will benefit under Chapter 11 and come out strong in the end," said Peter D. Adkison, CEO of Gen Con.

Chapter 11 refers to the section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that provides for court-supervised restructuring of companies as they continue to operate normally. This proceeding is intended to help companies to become stronger financially.

Gen Con LLC will continue to operate without interruption during this process and looks forward to an expeditious resolution to the short-term challenges and the ability to focus entirely on producing Gen Con Indy, The Best Four Days in Gaming. International Gen Con events are unaffected by this situation and will continue to operate as scheduled.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Itts operations include Gen Con Indy and licensees for European and Asia Pacific Gen Con shows. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who solely owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. For more information visit the website at www.gencon.com.

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heliograph
Feb. 16th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Adam Jury does a nice job of summarizing the lawsuit and providing a link to the actual complaint here:

http://www.adamjury.com/2008/gen-con-sued-by-lucasfilm-llc/

The lesson to be learnt here is that if you doing an activity with a large amount of exposure, form a second corporation to take the hit if it goes south. If Peter had done that, the lawsuit would be against "Star Wars Celebration LLC" and not "Gen Con LLC."

Angus, of all the people I know, you're the one who should really look into the lawsuit so that you can avoid similar problems with your properties and conventions.
angusabranson
Feb. 16th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I had thought of spinning Dragonmeet off into a seperate company and also Gameforce if we ever managed to accomplish our aims for it beyond the monthly London group.

Certainly food for thought and provides a safety net for the publishing part of the business against any problems on the events side.
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