In July we reported on MineORama, a Minecraft fan gathering in New York City that was canceled at the last minute. While organizers insisted that the event was not a scam and that it would be rescheduled, organizers are showing their true colors by shutting down their Twitter account and their official website at www.mineorama.com. And while their Facebook page is still live, organizers have not made an update since early July. Meanwhile those who paid a premium to attend the event are left wondering whether they will ever see a refund. The event managed to generate over $500,000 in ticket sales.
Kotaku has comments from several individuals who spent their hard-earned cash on the event only to be left waiting to see if a refund was at all possible. Some say they have filed complaints with their credit card companies, though it looks like anyone who used PayPal will not be able to get their money back. No one they spoke to has heard from the event's organizers.
Waiting for answers is all anyone who got involved in this event can do and organizer Lou Gasco doesn't seem to be willing to answer anymore questions after his assurances in July that the event would be scheduled at a later date. That was a month ago.
Kotaku also tried to contact one of the other principle organizers – Timothy Carroll. When contacted by phone he simply said "no comment" and hung up.
What is surprising is that those taken by this Minecraft fan event have not indicated that they have filed complaints with the state of New York.
If you or someone you know paid money for this convention, you should contact the New York State Attorney General's office to file a formal complaint against the organizers. You can also find more contact information here. Half a million dollars is not a paltry amount of money by anyone's measure.