The controversial gaming-themed speed-dating event run by the retailer GAME has had its Melbourne and Brisbane events cancelled due to complaints.
GAME Swinging was first held in Sydney last November. After registering for the event, attendees would be able to play and trade their video games in a speed-dating environment. The “GAME Swingers” would partner up with each other for a gaming session and then opt to trade the game or trade the partner.
The Sydney event was considered a success, but an email sent out at the end of January to those who had registered for GAME Swinging announced that its Melbourne and Brisbane events were no longer going ahead.
The email read: “Due to the number of complaints received, we’ve been left with no other choice but to shut down the Melbourne and Brisbane events.”
We contacted GAME for a comment, asking what the nature of the complaints were, how many complaints were received, and why they would cancel an event if it was such a success. We received a response from the managing director of GAME, Paul Yardley.
“The GAME Swinging event was a great success, but unfortunately not everyone appreciated it,” he said.
“We always take feedback from consumers seriously and in light of the complaints we received, we reviewed whether to continue with the other events.
“Unfortunately for gamers in Brisbane and Melbourne, we had to make the decision to not go ahead.”
Mr. Yardley did not comment any further on the issue.
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