Let’s be real, the disaster of Fortnite Live in the UK is not on par with DashCon or Fyre Festival. There will not be endless memes and the demise of fandoms, nor will there be dueling documentaries and organizers facing jail time. It’s just your garden-variety disaster of a convention that booked 3,000 kids for an event to celebrate Fortnite and then failed to deliver any of that, including a pay-to-play PC area (we would hasten to remind you that the game is free-to-play) and various real-world activities that could house 0.1% of the con attendees.
It’s worth noting both that the convention was not officially associated with Epic Games in any way and that the organizer (Shaun Lord) has claimed all those who requested refunds have received them. Lord has declined to state how many refunds were requested, although he has noted that eight of the convention’s 19 staff members did not report for work. Still, it seems unlikely people would head back for a second round of this particular event.