Disaster at Dublin GamerCon

Thousands wait in the rain for hours before being turned away.

Today was a big day for Ireland and the gaming community, finally GamerCon was coming to Dublin, an event every keyboard tapping, joystick wiggling lover of all things gaming, were looking forward to.

I myself even had a ticket for the event, but I won’t even consider it after the disaster that happened at GamerCon today.

What went wrong?

Put simply, the event was oversold. There have been reports coming in that the event itself sold between 20,000-25,000 tickets, however the convention centre can only hold 8,000 at most. There have been families queuing in the pouring rain for 4+ hours, only to be turned away at the door. They have been told that this is due to a safety issue.

Oh then it got worse.

Ask any boy scout, or girl guide for that matter, and they will tell you that preparation is key! Unfortunately someone forgot to tell the head honchos at GamerCon about this and as a result, the situation was an entire disaster.

To begin with there was only one queue, for ticket holders and walk-ins. Which means that even if you had your pre-purchased ticket, you would have to join the queue with every Tom, Dick  & Stanley chancing their luck.

The queues were so bad that..

Fights broke out, actual fist-cuffs. Tensions can rise so easily when you’re standing for hours in the rain and you feel that you have been lied to by the organizers.

Some people actually left the queue completely, decided to stick two fingers up at the event for wasting their time, their money & their patience.

Some individuals abandoned their place in the line to make space for the “crying children” who they felt deserved to be there after the shambles that happened.

GamerCon managed to release a statement

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. We are managing this proactively and expect the situation to ease as the day progresses.

We have offered full refunds to those who decide not to attend and have communicated this to attendees via mobile app and all social media channels.

What others had to say

Inside it wasn’t much better

Were You At GamerCon in Dublin?

What did you think of the experience? Was it worth the wait?

Oh and  if you didn’t get the chance to cosplay at GamerCon, there are plenty of other organised events that won’t make you queue in the rain for four hours.




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