This video of the queue snaking around one side of Gamercon in Dublin today gives you some extent of the problem.
There are allegations of mass overselling of tickets to the show, over 20,000 tickets for a venue that holds between 7000 and 9000, leading to many people unable to get through the doors, and reports that the show was shut down by safety officials as a result of overcrowding.
Oh, and it was raining.
— Mark O'Connor (@markoconnor47) March 18, 2017
And the website that contained terms and conditions over refunds and the like has been taken offline.
Current scenes pic.twitter.com/aC22MppCdA
— Craig Jocelyn (@CraigOHoon) March 18, 2017
GamerCon was an upset. Took about 4 hours until we could play one game.🤔
— cyNical (@ccmaragay) March 18, 2017
— Darren Byrne (@larsson007) March 18, 2017
— Mark Cox (@coxmark39) March 18, 2017
@GamerCon_Europe Was a big disappointment not even going tomorrow even though I have a ticket on the way home… 😞😥
— TheGamerBuffalo (@OfficialBuffalo) March 18, 2017
Didn't even get the chance to go to #gamercon because the line was SO long it went around three buildings, and the wait was more than 5HRS
— Emmet OhEinigh (@OhEinigh) March 18, 2017
— Andrew Dalton (@mr_13b) March 18, 2017
— Guilherme Macedo (@guilmacedo) March 18, 2017
Founder Ferdi Roberts said in an official statement that they had underestimated traffic flow for the event. “GamerCon sincerely apologises for the significant delays that our attendees experienced this morning. As a first time event we underestimated the traffic flow that we forecast for the event and have very strict health and safety related capacities which we must adhere to. That temporarily impacted our ability to process the queue which resulted in longer than expected wait time for our attendees.”
And for those who want refunds,
Apologies for severe delays, we are working through the Queue as quickly as poss. Refund requests processed here https://t.co/pUCXnbREjX
— GamerCon (@GamerCon_Europe) March 18, 2017
You know what’s going to happen when you click that link though, right?
Yup, 403 error!
Day Two tomorrow…
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