(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Just days before Minecraft’s unofficial convention, MineOrama, was scheduled to kick off, the organizers suddenly canceled the event due to “unforeseen circumstances,” leaving many to wonder if they had been scammed out of hundreds of dollars.
On Monday the creators of the event posted on Twitter that the event had been postponed and would be rescheduled for a later date.
“PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT A SCAM. It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that @mineorama has been postponed, stay tuned for update..”
Fans were outraged by the news, as many had already booked travel and hotel accommodations that were nonrefundable.
Executive producer of MineoRama, Lou Gasco, took to Twitter to address fans questions and concerns through a series of tweets on Tuesday.
He explained that the event fell through because of financing and that they were $175,000 short with only three weeks left to raise the funds until the convention, though they first notified users five days before the event.
“When financing fell through, we had three weeks to make this work…we redesigned the show, but even at barebones, it was over $750,000 #mineorama.”
According to Gasco, 3,600 tickets were sold, with 2,000 comped to NYC DOE students. At $150 a ticket, that is $540,000, with 10% of that going to “compensate staff.”
Yogscast member BebopVox investigated the event and found that Gasco had never paid for the venue. He contacted Ginnel Davis from Pier 92/94 in New York, where the event was scheduled to take place, and confirmed that the event had been canceled, GamePolitics reports.
“Lou never paid payments on the venue since they drew up the contact, so the venue was given away,” said Davis.
The organizers have yet to notify attendees of when the rescheduled event will take place and how they will be refunded.
To see more on BebopVox’s investigation, click here.