The organizers of a New York-based Minecraft convention have unexpectedly announced that it will be postponed to a later date, and many who bought tickets are calling it a scam.
Mineorama, which was due to take place this weekend in New York City, was pitched to parents and kids across the country as an unofficial Minecraft convention. High-profile Minecraft YouTubers supported the event, and the folks behind it wound up selling thousands of tickets, many to parents and children. (Tickets for admission Saturday and Sunday cost $150.)
Last night, the organizers of Mineorama sent an e-mail to participants saying the event wouldn't be happening this weekend. "We sincerely regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, Mine-O-Rama 2014 has been postponed to a later date," they wrote. "We are truly disappointed and sincerely apologize to all those involved."
Though the organizers of Mineorama say tickets will be honored for the event—whenever it happens—they haven't yet offered refunds. Two people who bought tickets tell me they haven't been able to get in touch with the organizers, and on the Mineorama Facebook page, people are fuming:
Mineorama's organizers have not yet offered any explanation for postponing the event, and they did not respond to my requests for comment this morning.
Hilariously, they tweeted last night to tell people they're not a scam:
(If you have to say something like "we are not a scam," something's probably wrong.)
Later this afternoon, Mineorama executive producer Lou Gasto hopped on Twitter to offer some explanations: