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'Shambles' Fortnite Live event forces organisers to cease trading

The organisers of a 'disappointing' Fortnite Live event in Norwich have been forced to cease trading.

Organisers of a computer gaming festival in Norwich described as a 'shambles' by some of those attending has been forced to cancel future events after 'personal abuse and threats'

'Fortnite Live' at the Royal Norfolk Showground was billed as a "fun-filled" event by organisers, with attractions such as an outdoor climbing wall and archery.

However, some guests were left disappointed by what was on offer on and many furious parents demanded refunds.

In an email to ticket-holders, Exciting Events Limited said it was ceasing all trading activities. It is reported that the owners of the Fortnite computer game, Epic Games, were taking legal action.

Two events in Spalding and Newark in March and April have been cancelled.

The 'Fortnite Live' event at the Norfolk Showground was criticised by parent who took their children. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In the email to ticket-holders, the company says its assets are being turned into cash to provide refunds but only once creditors like the HMRC have been paid.

Exciting Events admitted there were longer than expected entrance queues on the first day of the Norwich event but drafted in more staff for the second day.

"The vast majority of children loved Fortnite Live Norwich.

"Focusing on this fact, Exciting Events were still committed to hosting the two future Fortnite Live events, even after all of the national publicity and personal abuse and threats experienced by the directors and family of the business.

"However, in response to the media frenzy, Epic Games (the owners of Fortnite) have now forced the shut down of the two pre-booked future Fortnite Live events."

– Exciting Events
The organisers of Fortnite Live have been forced to cancel two future events. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The email to ticket-holders went on to say: "It’s such a shame the media didn’t cover the main High Tech Gaming area featuring 72 Consoles, extremely popular Live Streaming Hotseat, on-stage challenges, VR Station, or the Retro Gaming Arcade using the latest technology introducing our younger Fortnite fans to the ever popular Retro games of their parents childhood!"