Hello LANcouver community,
Unfortunately I am announcing today that we are canceling the BYOC portion of LANcouver 2015 at SFU.
This decision was made after assessing the sponsorship we have been able to attract for this year, as well as several other factors including ticket sales and event overhead.
Organizing a LAN is a bigger and more expensive undertaking than most people realize. Myself and everyone involved are very dedicated to the cause but without a few assurances we can’t risk hosting an event that may not break even, or worse – be bland, boring, and without the excitement that gamers expect from us.
In previous years we have had massive support from sponsors. Without them LANcouver would not have been possible. Unfortunately for us in 2015, sponsor support is almost non-existent. This is an extremely unusual situation that we have never faced before.
I realize that many of you come to LAN events to have fun, but the majority of players are here to compete and win. We don’t want to ask for $60 and then offer very little in return.
Instead of a BYOC LAN we are going to offer an online tournament for CS:GO. That community has been extremely supportive of us this year so we would like to continue with that momentum.
There will be a minimum cash prize pool of $2500 based on a buy-in at $60 per player, and the prize pool will increase based on the number of teams that register. The existing rules will apply and tickets will be sold at the same Eventbrite page soon. Any existing pass holders do not need to take action. Any VIP CSGO players will have the difference in ticket price refunded via PayPal. Please allow a few weeks for us to process this.
Everyone is entitled to a full refund of their weekend pass, including CSGO players who don’t wish to participate in the online event. To request a refund, please follow these instructions. Refund requests will be taken until 11:59PM on September 30, 2015.
Myself and all the other LANcouver volunteers thank you for your support over the last 11+ years. LAN parties are not possible without dedicated fans.
Is this the end of LANcouver? Absolutely not. When we are ready and have the sponsor support that we need, LANcouver will happen again.
Founder & Event Coordinator
Please forward any questions to info @ LANcouver.com
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Please note that refunds will be processed in a timely manner and that it can take up to 4 business days for the refund to appear in your PayPal account. We will only issue refunds requested by the original purchaser and the refund will only be issued to the original PayPal account. For passes purchased more than 60 days before the refund request, Eventbrite fees may not be refundable.