EB Expo's inaugural and nonsensical Ultimate Cosplayer Pass has quietly disappeared from the EB Expo website. The $300 ticket was met with widespread criticism from the local cosplay community, despite formerly taking pride of place on the event website.
The premium pass offered a secret 'escape room' with lounge and cosplay repair facilities, priority access to the cosplay competition and the opportunity to mingle with the judges, and was priced at $299.
While you can still access the page for the ticket through the hyperlink here, the link to actually buy the ticket now results in a 'page not found.' All mention of the ticket has also disappeared from the front page.
The ticket was initially announced as a way for EB to support its growing cosplay community, and marketing for it even included an interview with an Australian cosplayer who would supposedly be taking advantage of the ticket. The announcement led to backlash from a number of cosplayers and others in the community, however.
Wait, EB Expo wants to charge $300 for cosplayers to have access to a repair room that is free at every other show? pic.twitter.com/0YmRDFVvnJ
— Eve Beauregard (@Eve_Beauregard) July 4, 2016
EB Expo is selling Ultimate Cosplay tickets for $300. Repair Station & Cloak Room etc. OZ Comic Con offers same access for FREE!! *FACEPALM*
— Josh Deveson (@JoshDeveson) July 4, 2016
It's unknown whether EB Expo will offer its planned cosplay repair facilities as part of its standard expo entry, or if the whole idea will be scrapped. Presumably those who already bought tickets will have their tickets refunded or replaced with tickets of equal value, but we have not heard anything official from EB Games.
Nothing official about the ticket seems to have been released on EB Games' official social media channels. EB has been contacted for comment, and we will update the story if we hear back.