Monday 23 October 2017

Frustrated gamers left out in the cold at Dublin convention - after buying tickets in advance and queuing for hours

Crowds queue for GamerCon at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Crowds queue for GamerCon at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Gavin White

Frustrated gamers queued for over two hours in the rain for a much-hyped gamer convention in Dublin.

Many were turned away despite buying tickets for the event in advance.

GamerCon in the National Convention Centre billed itself as "Ireland's largest gaming event with over 30,000 square feet of gaming and a 2,000-seater main stage show".

Reports said 25,000 tickets were sold for the two-day event, but the venue has a capacity of 7,000 people.

One young family waited for two hours outside the venue - despite setting off early in the morning yesterday.

Louise Higgins (24) and Paul Raven (27), from Coolmine, Dublin, attended with 15-month-old son Dante.

Nada Raintye (18) Blanchardstown plays Rag Doll Poppy from League of Legends. Photo: Douglas O'Connor.
Nada Raintye (18) Blanchardstown plays Rag Doll Poppy from League of Legends. Photo: Douglas O'Connor.

Mr Raven said: "We heard about the trouble on Saturday so we had to arrive down really early to beat the crowds but still had to wait.

"It seems today is better than Saturday but we tried to beat the crowds as best we could," he said.

Another gamer Neda Rainyte (18), originally from Lithuania but now living in Blanchardstown, spent over an hour in the queue.

Ms Rainyte, who was dressed as Ragdoll Poppy from the game 'League of Legends', said she "just wanted to get inside to meet everyone".

Paul Raven (27), Louise Higgins (24) and Dante Raven (15 months) from Coolmine. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Paul Raven (27), Louise Higgins (24) and Dante Raven (15 months) from Coolmine. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Jiji Ranken (18), from Blanchardstown, said she was pleased to finally be indoors.

"I spent a good hour queuing but I'm just delighted to be in now," she said.

GamerCon said it underestimated the traffic flow and released a statement saying it would offer full refunds to those affected.

Those who got into the event said it was a great experience.

Irish Independent

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