Gamex Pulls The Welcome Mat Out From Under The Pirate Party

from the here-today-gone-tomorrow dept

For several months leading up to this November's Swedish Gamex show, the Pirate Party of Sweden had been pursued by the show's sales staff to attend. Then the week prior to the show's opening, the Pirate Party was told it wasn't welcome.
"On Tuesday afternoon, I called a representative of the show with a few simple practical questions, but she seemed generally stressed out and said something vague about the show and not wanting any problems before she hung up," says Troberg.

I thought it was a bit strange, but in the afternoon, the pieces fell into place when the fair manager, Bear Wengse, phoned me and kindly, but firmly, announced that the Pirate Party was no longer welcome at the fair.

Wengse informed Troberg that the exhibition is a meeting place and not a venue for political conflict, and the party's presence could cause problems, particularly since some of their work "could be perceived as criminal."
Just what those criminal works were, no one was able to explain. The details of the unvite were severely lacking. Troberg had tried to explain that the Pirate Party wants to change existing laws through the legal process and that could not conceivably be considered "criminal". Unfortunately, no one was listening.

Frankly, it is a sad day when a political voice is silenced for no reason other than a few legacy industries not liking the message. We have already learned that here in the US, the supposed bastion of Democracy, is refusing to hear all sides of legal issues. It really comes as no surprise to find that the same people would want to block access to those same dissenting ideas. Do we really think things will get better as we move more and more toward stronger copyright? Will the next step after SOPA be the silencing of any speech that can be perceived as "pro-piracy"? I certainly hope not.


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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:02am

    Unfortunately, no one was listening.
    I believe you have found the biggest problem with the matter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:13am

    Since when are you entitled to attend a private event? Oh that's right, you're entitles to whatever you want. Sorry.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:13am

    "Frankly, it is a sad day when a political voice is silenced for no reason other than a few legacy industries not liking the message. "

    Legacy industries? Wow, are you out of touch.

    The reality is that the "pirate party" wants to play on the popularity of online piracy, and the "we can get it all for nothing" generation, but doesn't want to pay the price for that affiliation, real or imagined.

    If they were the "Youth Speaks Party", they likely wouldn't have issues. But they chose their moniker, and they get to live with the consequences.

    The real world doesn't work like the pretend world, does it?

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:20am

    Re:

    You skip over the event hosts having INVITED them to the event and then pulling the invitation.
    And the concept of it not being the right place for political statement went out the window as another political group was allowed to attend.

    Next time try RTFS.

    1/10

     

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    Another AC, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:21am

    Re:

    You are entitled to attend a private event WHEN YOU ARE INVITED. Don't be a fool.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:24am

    Re:

    Pirate has a negative connotation. Much like Hacker before it. Hacker is now the catch all term for anything to do with a comptuer even if the level of skill required was pressing the start button.

    The take being called Pirates and turn it into a proud banner, that the industry is out of touch with reality and they seek to undo much of the insanity that keeps getting passed as law. They are not "stealing" and handing out anyone products, they are trying to reform the law.

    But then I took TAC and turned it from an insult to something much more.

    Oh and they can stop being called legacy industries when they stop charging fees based on replacing outdated media fees in their contracts.

    2/10

    Is it still to early for the A trolls?

     

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    Ron, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:32am

    Re: Re:

    Another idiot that cannot read. Read the freakin article and the post right above yours.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:32am

    Re:

    I think the real point here was that they were invited at one point and then, without being informed, were dis-invited. As they are a political party, their voice does deserve to be heard.
    While I may not like what you have to say, I respect your right to say it. And if you represent a significant portion of the political spectrum (Tea Party for example here in the US.) then I really do want to hear what is on your mind. Even if I really don't agree with you.
    Picking and choosing is bad practice in politics, as it is in most everything else.

     

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    Beta (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:34am

    we have standards

    "[The Pirate Party's] presence could cause problems, particularly since some of their work "could be perceived as criminal."

    I'm curious to know what party (on Earth) could get in.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:35am

    Re: Re:

    Yes, but does a political party, especially one that the organizers (and many attendees) disagree with HAVE to be heard at this event?

    Are there any other political parties attending?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:38am

    It would be cool, if...

    We could cut them off from technology for not listening.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:40am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Yes... there were...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:40am

    Re: Re: Re:

    And that is a good question. Still, their ability to stick to what they say is not very impressive. I mean, if you invite them, man up and let them on.
    After that, learn your lesson and never do it again.
    Cowardice is unseemly and rudeness is not professional.

    Otherwise, what the hell were they thinking in the first place? Who's running that place? Some business noob?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Nope, it could be as simple as having a piracy supporter, or a member of the party working on the event, and not saying anything up the ladder. You never know. When the bosses figure it out, they take action before the start of the show.

    It's not unusual when you dealing with humans and organizations that not everyone is aware of everything at all times.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:47am

    Re: Re:

    "Is it still to early for the A trolls?"


    They are all busy looking at the leaked Black Friday ads.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:52am

    Re: we have standards

    Changing the law is against the law!

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:54am

    Re:

    Yes, those dirty thieving pirate scum...how DARE they think they're entitled to go to a party that they had been hounded for months on end to attend. Its clearly their own fault that Gamex are political cowards and rude little pr*cks for inviting, then dis-inviting them!

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    So what? The event manager wasn't aware that invites had been going to the Pirate Party for MONTHS? I find that extremely unlikely...this is just a game show, not a governmental bureaucracy where you're far more likely to lose a billion dollars and have no idea where it went.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:02am

    Re: we have standards

    A good question. And another question would be:
    What does the Pirate Party do that's so illegal?

     

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    The Incoherent One (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:02am

    Re: we have standards

    Im more interested to know in where the Pirate Party has been brought up on charges for doing something illegal. Last I checked they were a political party which happens to think differently from most established parties when it comes to things like copyright. I didn't know that thinking differently from the established majority was a possible crime.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    While I can see someone low level inviting them and not telling the boss, I have to agree with Rikuo from a professionalism point of view.

    Its too bad really, given who we are talking about here and the audience of the show, I suspect they would have had a lot of eyes.

     

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    el_segfaulto (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:09am

    Re: Re:

    Nail on the head. I forget the linguistic term (and I was a linguistics minor!) but the act is when a group takes on the derogatory moniker that has been used against them with pride. Examples include the dreaded "n-word", "Yankee" (which was originally an insult), "Nerd", and "Redneck".

     

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    Richard (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:12am

    Re:

    I think they should take this as an indication that they are getting somewhere because someone in authority is scared by them.

    To me the situation is a bit like Libya was and Syria now is. Those in authority are beginning to get the wind up and are trying to crack down. Problem is that it won't work...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Well, first off, we don't know how many offers were made, likely only one. Sales staff for shows like this can often be outsourced, giving a list of likely attendees, and then told to also look "outside the industry" for attendees, and that could include political parties and such.

    I wouldn't be shocked if the situation was only discovered when they were working on floor plan layouts and someone said "Eeek! The Pirate Party??!?!?!" and it went from there.

    Gamex isn't a small show - it appears to be Sweden's biggest gaming / media show of the year, and certainly appears to be a large scale event. It is very likely that the sales staff and the show staff didn't communicate a list of who has purchased booth space, or that it only comes up when the client signs the contract and sends it in to be countersigned, which is also a place where it was spotted.

    It's easy to try to come up with some grand conspiracy, but the answers in the real world are usually much simpler. A privately operated event has all the rights in the world to refuse service to a group they think encourages illegal activities.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "likely only one."

    You are likely just making things up, and like usual, you are likely wrong.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    and even if only one invite was made, who cares.

    "It is very likely that the sales staff and the show staff didn't communicate a list of who has purchased booth space"

    No, I think what's more likely is that you make things up as you go.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:20am

    Re: Re: we have standards

    Object to the status quo?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Plain and simple: "fuck off prick".

    You really should sign in with your real name instead... prick.

     

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    freak (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    AC: "You should login under your real name!"

     

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    freak (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I have to wonder . . . why?

    So you can google something embarrassing about him? So you can send him threatening messages? So that you can accuse him of something patently false on 4chan and get them to pizza him to death?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You really should stop trying to tell people what to do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:30am

    Re: we have standards

    Lets start a new political party, one that holds no positions on anything. Then we can get into any event we like!!

     

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    MrWilson, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:32am

    Re: Re: Re:

    No, no. They always respect the distribution windows of intellectual property set by the copyright holders...

     

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    Loki, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:33am

    Frankly, it is a sad day when a political voice is silenced for no reason other than a few legacy industries not liking the message.

    It's more then just the legacy industries. It is the legacy political parties. That was proven in 2004 when several independent candidates were arrested trying to participate in a supposedly "non-partisan" debate (really a bipartisan debate) and not a single "mainstream" news agency on either side of the fence (at least that I could find at the time) reported the story at all (as it would give publicity to someone outside the Big 2).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:35am

    Re: Re: we have standards

    I admit that while your snarky comment is not useful to the discussion, I did laugh...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    No, they were invited, they paid for their booth space and their name was printed on the ads that ran for Gamex.
    They were aware.

     

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    Cowardly Anon, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:41am

    Re:

    Reading comprehension fail.

    Zachary isn't saying they were entitled to attend the event. The Pirate Party was asked to come to the event by the event coordinators.

    They were invited, they didn't demand to go. Then the invitation was revoked with only a flimsy excuse given.

    Answer me this, Mr. Coward, if the private event didn't want a political party coming to their event, why did they invite them in the first place?

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:52am

    Re: Re: Re: we have standards

    That's not illegal, that's our duty. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:09am

    Re: Re:

    You are entitled to attend a private event WHEN YOU ARE INVITED. Don't be a fool

    I'd like to invite you over to my house to watch Monday Night Football tonight.

    *five minutes later*

    Sorry, I changed my mind because a couple of other guests think you're a shrill, obnoxious zealot and don't want their evening spoiled with your odious presence. You're hereby disinvited.

    Still think you're entitled to come?

     

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    Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:10am

    here in the US, the supposed bastion of Democracy


    I sincerely doubt that anyone outside the US would cite it as a good example of democracy. Itís an almost perfect example of a plutocracy, and has been for a long time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Techdirtbag?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You should really stop trying to derail anyone who opposed Mike.

    Get back to your work... you know, in the copyright world.

     

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    Tor (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "it could be as simple as having a piracy supporter, or a member of the party working on the event, and not saying anything up the ladder. You never know. When the bosses figure it out, they take action before the start of the show."

    It would have been a plausible explanation if it weren't for the fact that Gamex ran ads in the Stockholm subway where the Pirate Party was relatively prominently featured for hundred of thousands of people to see. I doubt the bosses didn't get to see that ad before they ran it (considering both the importance of it and the cost).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    No, it's just that this particular anonymous is someone who posts here regularly, but chooses to derail discussions with meaningless asides as an anonymous, rather than using their usual sign in name. I suspect Mike would be upset if the guys real name was used for this stuff.

    Someone with absolutely no balls, a true prick.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:28am

    criminal?

    What could be criminal with "pirates"?

     

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    abc gum, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:28am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Or maybe you need to use better judgment in the choice of friends - just sayin.

     

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    abc gum, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Good one - lol

     

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    abc gum, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "they paid for their booth space"

    Did they get a refund?

     

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    anonymous, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:35am

    the silencing of any speech that can be perceived as "pro-piracy".
    the way things are going, we wont even be able to speak without getting permission first. the topic will be irrelevent!

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    No, it's just that this particular anonymous is someone who posts here regularly, but chooses to derail discussions with meaningless asides as an anonymous, rather than using their usual sign in name. I suspect Mike would be upset if the guys real name was used for this stuff.

    Someone with absolutely no balls, a true prick.


    1. The AC you're debating is not Marcus, no matter how obsessed you are with Marcus.

    2. The AC you're debating is not employed by us.

    3. Your guesses are pretty hilarious. And always wrong. Amusingly, if I were to guess at your identity, which is not hard to parse out from your standard lack of logic, you would freak out and accuse me of violating your privacy. You might even tell me to FOAD. And then you'd whine about how no one here respects you. You're funny, dude.

     

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    Another AC, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 10:38am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Still think you're entitled to come?"

    You're still being foolish I'm afraid.

    Of course I can come to your party when you invite me... in keeping with your analogy, when you decide to become a prick and uninvite me because you were too stupid to realize I had a body odour problem, then of course I won't want to go over to your party with your elitist friends and their neanderthal attitudes to progressive thinking.

    But then again, none of that changes the fact that I was entitled to go! Again, keeping the analogy, just because I'm letting the world know that you're an uninviting prick doesn't change that. The two things are different, do you see it yet?

     

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    MrWilson, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 11:27am

    Re: Re: Re:

    We already did this with the term 'freetard.'

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 11:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "You're funny, dude."

    I'd say hes more 'psychotic' then funny, but that's just me...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Bring it on Mike. Just remember, if you violate your privacy policy to do it, well... ;)

    You also forgot to address the main issue: the "AC" in question is someone who posts here regularly, but who logs off specifically to detail discussions.

    I am still not convinced (even by your insistence) that it isn't someone who is either employed by you or has (or has had) posting privileges here. The writing style is a little too obvious, the goal a little too clear.

     

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    hmm (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 4:06pm

    Re: we have standards

    Any of them because they know how to give/take bribes?

     

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    hmm (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 4:07pm

    sweden is

    The US's rentboy and has been for a fair while now.

    They do anything the US wants (including the upcoming escape/magic disappearing act of Julian Assange)......

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "You should really stop trying to derail anyone who opposed Mike."

    Because disagreeing with you is derailment now.

     

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    Cowardly yours, Nov 15th, 2011 @ 1:06am

    Re:

    Um... check your facts. Gamex sold a booth to the Pirate Party. They even went so far as to spend a couple of months trying to convince the Pirate Party that attending Gamex was a good idea.
    Then, with a week left till the event they decided they did not want anything to do with the Pirate Party. But of course they said they would not pay back the money the Pirate Party had paid for the booth.

    I'd say that when you have been invited to pay for attendance to at "private event" and also paid the agreed price you're fucking well "entitled" to attend it. Sorry.

     

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    Cowardly yours, Nov 15th, 2011 @ 1:08am

    Re: Re: Re:

    If you also ask me to spring 50 USD for beer and snacks at the event and then not refund me when you withdraw your invitation it's still you that are an entitled asshole and not me.
    Just sayin'

     

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    Cowardly yours, Nov 15th, 2011 @ 1:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Seeing as they had the Pirate Party listed as a participant (in quite large font at that) on the official advertising I kind of find it highly unlikely that this was the work of a rogue booking agent, else the problems in Gamex are bigger than just being a bunch of cowardly turncoats and industry brown-nosers (which of course is the definiton of anyone who's livelyhood is dependant on the big boys giving them money).

     

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    Cowardly yours, Nov 15th, 2011 @ 1:23am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Nope, no re-fund. Gamex felt entitled to the money.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Nov 15th, 2011 @ 2:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Your tinfoil hat is on too tight. Everyone's a sock of me. Yes, even you.

     

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