Spalding events firm behind Fortnite Live Norwich Festival cancels date in Spalding after legal action by game's owners
An event based on the hit computer game Fortnite due to have happened in Spalding next month has been cancelled.
Exciting Events Ltd, the Spalding-based company behind the cancelled Fortnite Live Spalding Festival, is facing legal action by the game’s US owners, Epic Games, after a similar event in Norwich at the weekend ended in chaos.
More than 2,500 people were said to have attended the two-day event which brought complaints about lengthy queues, high ticket prices (ranging from £12 to £20) and underwhelming attractions.
As a result, Epic Games disassociated itself from the event and issued a claim against the organisers in London’s High Court.
A spokesman for Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding, confirmed to the Spalding Guardian that it had received "official notification from the organisers" that the festival will not be going ahead on March 23 and 24.
One ticket holder from South Holland, who asked not to be named, said: "I bought tickets for my son back in August so it’s been a long and exciting wait for him.
"He’s now very disappointed, although I’m pleased to have found out before the event what a shambles it actually could have been."
Rebecca Sheldon, of Bourne, said: "It was my son’s ninth birthday in December so I thought I’d surprise him with tickets to the festival.
"It was going to be a big event so I’ve approached the organisers to see if I can get any money back from them.
"People have just been left completely in the dark, with no one to contact and no update as to what’s happening."
A statement from Epic Games reported by various national media outlets said: "The quality of our player experience is incredibly important to us, whether it is inside the game or at official public events.
"Epic Games was not in any way associated with the event that took place in Norwich."
Exciting Events, whose registered office is in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, has announced it is to cease trading following legal action taken by Epic Games, owners of Fortnite.
In a statement to ticket holders for the Spalding event, Exciting Events’ director Shaun Lord said: “Fortnite Live Norwich took place last weekend and created a whirlwind of publicity.
“There were longer than expected entrance and wristband/token queues at the beginning of the day, which caused impatience and frustration for some parents.
“Yet the vast majority of children loved Fortnite Live Norwich and focusing on this fact, Exciting Events was still committed to hosting the two future Fortnite Live events.
“However, Epic Games has now forced the shut down of the events and its proceedings have had a catastrophic impact on the company’s ability to trade.
“This has forced Exciting Events Limited to cease all trading activities immediately and seek to limit the losses to third parties as far as possible.”
The statement went on to say that assets held by Exciting Events “will be turned into cash” in order to pay creditors of the business, including HM Revenue and Custom.
Any funds left over would then be "equally divided amongst other creditors", such as ticket holders for the Fortnite Live Spalding Festivals.
The statement said: "There will be no exceptions to this rule and the process will be carried out in a timely manner, with all creditors being advised once there are no more funds available."