Sweden's Pirate Party had a booth all paid for at this weekend's Gamex, the nation's largest video games expo, until someone from Gamex came to their senses, phoned the pirates and said GTFO. The real head-scratcher is why, as Piratpartiet says, they were invited in the first place.
Indeed, there's the party name on the banner, Piratpartiet, along with Activision, Namco, Electronic Arts and all the heavy hitters. The Pirate Party's leader, Anna Troberg, said Gamex organisers hounded them for two or three months to pay for a booth at the show. OK, so, they did, also buying advertising and booking hotel rooms. What probably happened at the last minute is Activision, Namco, EA or someone saw the name in a list and said WTF, quite loudly, to Gamex.
Piratpartiet is not a fringe association; it's been successful in Swedish parliamentary elections and won two of the country's three European Parliament seats in 2009. It's generally considered the strongest of the piracy political parties.
Piratpartiet's name on the banner of Gamex, along with EA, Activision, PlayStation and others. Image via TorrentFreak.