MineOrama 2014 in NYC Postponed

Unofficial convention MineOrama is postponed supposedly due to financing.

MineOrama 2014 scheduled for July 12th through the 14th in New York City, New York, is postponed. To the dismay of ticket purchasers and Minecraft YouTubers, this event was cancelled only five days before the convention's start. MineOrama was an unofficial convention and not endorsed by Mojang.

While the splash page for MineOrama says they are trying to reschedule so it is only a postponement, many ticket holders are angry and calling the whole thing a scam. According to MineOrama's twitter account, a problem with failed financing forced the organization to postpone. Refunds were not initially mentioned.

With five days remaining before the convention, there are a lot of attendees out a good deal of money. Yes, hotel reservations can be cancelled, but most flights out to the venue aren't so easily cancelled, if they are able to at all. Tickets to the event were reportedly sold for $150 each with an additional $50 LAN party pass option.

How many tickets sold is being disputed among the media as things do not seem accurate. Back at the beginning of February, Forbes ran an article about MineOrama and Lou Gasco, who helped build the idea for the for-profit company of MineOrama to fund Gasco's non-profit, The Greatest Science Fair Ever.

In the article with Forbes, the team sold over 1,800 tickets in a matter of weeks. Following that, the company reportedly sold another 5,500 with the New York City Department of Education. Overall, that's a total of 7,300 tickets. At $150 a pop, this means they had already received $1,095,000 in ticket sales alone.

However, when the event was postponed, MineOrama's webpage reports they only sold 3,000 tickets, which would change profits to be much lower at $450,000. This is a huge discrepancy that leads many people to claim the whole thing is a scam, not to mention they have not addressed specifically on when people could get refunded their money.

While MineOrama is claiming that the financing for the convention fell through, it is being reported that the venue, Piers 92/94, never received any payments in regards to the contract with MineOrama so the venue was given away.

Comments on MineOrama's Facebook indicates that event-goers are having problems getting their refunds back from MineOrama directly. A lot of people are recommending that event-goers being strung along by MineOrama to contact their payment processor to force MineOrama's hand.

Not all hope is lost for those who were hoping to meet their favorite Minecraft YouTubers. YouTubers are scrambling last-minute to provide a meet-up for those who are still flying to NYC.

Have you been burned badly by a Minecraft convention being cancelled? We'd like to hear about it.

Published Jul. 10th 2014
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  • Douglas_2938
    I managed an event at the Nokia center for teamcrafted . All the fans were happy it was a great event , do it can be done the right way... Let agents like me not suits that don't know gaming manage these events . I have a obligation to the fans and to my clients to make sure we always do what we say. I wAnted to support mineorama for the kids, if someone made me and my partners promote this for the kids and they don't make this right ... Listen end of day you want events send me message publicly on daradoug on twitter.. See what we can do , don't let these guys rob us of a chance to do these again
  • gabfran
    Is it me Mary or does this whole thing sound like a scam? To any rational person it would seem like all those people were ripped off. That's such a shame.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    You'd be right in that it does seem a lot like a scam. I'm contemplating an editorial connecting this situation with others suchs as Meeting of the Mines, which is another cancelled Minecraft convention like this one.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Really there was another one?
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    From the research I did trying to find more info on MineOrama, it's actually considered the 4th convention to be a scam.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Wow that's really a shame.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    It really is.

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