Minecraft Convention “Postponed” After Selling Tickets

An unofficial Minecraft convention that was to take place in New York has been “postponed” because of financial reasons, according to conference organizers.

Mine-o-rama was scheduled to take place this weekend in New York City, but on Tuesday the convention’s organizers reported on its Twitter and Facebook pages that the event wouldn’t happen as planned on July 12 and 13.

As one would expect, outrage on the Internet from ticket holders who paid a hefty sum of $150 per ticket erupted, accusing organizers of scamming attendees. With Minecraft YouTubers supporting the event, thousands of tickets had been purchased, many by parents for themselves and their children.

According to the Mine-o-rama twitter feed, the amount they made from ticket sales wasn’t enough to cover the costs of expenses required for the event. Organizers stated that 3,600 tickets had been sold. That put the event at pulling in around $540,000, which is well under the “bare-bones” $750,000 minimum organizers said was needed to make the event happen as scheduled.

If that’s the case, there may actually be some credibility to their claims. However, their claim contradicts an earlier statement that stated they had raised close to $2 million. So, where did this money go if it didn’t end up funding the Mine-o-rama event? That’s a good question and no one really has an answer. Another red flag that’s being thrown up is the lack of any sort of refund for those poor folks who purchased tickets to this now cancelled event.

This is where they lose me. If you’re not holding an event due to a delay or cancellation, YOU REFUND THE COST OF THE TICKETS TO THOSE THAT PURCHASED THEM! This is shady at best. The folks that purchased these tickets have families and most likely took time off or scheduled time to attend this event. They may not have the ability to do it later. Withholding their cash until it’s convenient for you is not an option. The event loses its credibility when organizers appear to be just taking the money and running, offering up nothing more than a “Tony Hayward level” apology when you can’t deliver on what you promised them.

BebopVox, a higher profile YouTube personality who works with Yogscast (a popular YouTube gaming channel), had quite a bit to say about the event. It seems that, unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that a Minecraft convention sold tickets and, mysteriously, nothing coming of it.

BebopVox did a splendid job elaborating the details surrounding how sketchy this whole situation is.

If there’s one lesson to learn about this whole ordeal, it’s that we gamers absolutely need to do our research before dropping down our hard earned money on an event like this. It’s certainly not the fault of those who purchased tickets in good faith of a Minecraft convention to attend, but it certainly is a learning experience when they happen in the future.

To those waiting on refunds, don’t wait for event staff to get back to you, call your credit card company or PayPal and ask for a chargeback.

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4 Comments on Minecraft Convention “Postponed” After Selling Tickets

Aedelric

On July 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I am sure they will give refunds, once they get enough interest generated from the bank account they have all the money in, this has scam written all over it. I think Mojang has it’s own legitimate convention, so people risking money on this seems strange to me.

Anyway, Minecraft is over rated.

rickshaw

On July 9, 2014 at 5:31 pm

As well as this open event what about all the people who lose quadrillions (overboard) on CROWD FUNDED PROJECTS! ==== NOTHING==== Yep you lose the lot!! HO ho HOo!!
its a Suckered you in…world. ;(

How do you stop this??? Just don’t fall for it! Buy things you can see that are finished and available to you with refunds attached, look for the old school finished projects, not empty dreams, :) & as far as tickets well its hit and miss if the event happens, you still should get a full refund, always use established ticket sellers.. good luck..

NachoKingP

On July 10, 2014 at 3:22 am

@rickshaw, You do realize this is an event and has nothing to do with crowdfunding, right? Most all events have advanced ticket sales. I work at an Arts Center, if an event doesn’t make enough advanced sales, the event gets cancelled and refunds are issued, it’s very common practice.

And FYI, the vast majority of crowdfunding projects are legit, there are only a few that fail to live up to their promises. Even so, crowdfunding isn’t equivalent to buying a finished product, it’s helping someone realize an idea. Technically a project doesn’t have to give you anything.

Zepaw

On July 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

“WE ARE NOT A SCAM” just screams problems. That you have to scream that means you are suspect.