The organizers scrambled to organize a bootcamp for XIAO
This statement is simply not true. When I asked these organisers about bootcamp, initially was given the impression our team were good to use the lan venue for that purpose. When we were finalising our fundraiser budget and checked back with the organisers, we got the "no we don't provide that, you'll have to organise and fund that yourself", which is fine, whatever. Which is what we did, team XIAO found a place and booked and paid for accomodation that was close by.
We were excited to field a team from oceania for tf2 and were pulling all the strings on our end to get our asses to this lan. Please do not associate team XIAO with anything to do with this lan crumbling, I'll fight you in the carpark.
I hadn’t committed to helping a team get to an international tf2 lan since the days of Jasmine Tea and haven’t said much about this situation so far, in an effort to keep positive tf2 vibes flowing but I reckon this needs to be aired.
XIAO’s opportunity to attend a lan was a dream come true for many of us over in the Oceanic region and a first for AiShou, teejay, banana, 26, enrith and lock. Although the team consisted of two Aussies, this was to be the first predominantly South East Asian tf2 team to go international.
XIAO put a lot of effort and hours into our fundraiser campaign content and we were due to launch it after a meeting that was scheduled by bts organisers the next day. I’m talking team shirts, team profiles, interviews, memes and more that probably won’t get to see the light of day, now.
XIAO’s accommodation was fully booked and paid for as were half our team’s flights the night before news that bts was cancelled broke. Luckily, flights were paid within 24 hours of the announcement so we have been able to get most of those dollars back, although the 824AUD loss from nonrefundable charges in the end is still too large to just laugh off and forgive in silence. Additionally, we aren't the only team to have suffered massive losses in real dollars to this lan.
The disappointment from my team has been heartbreaking and I am pissed off for them and those of you who have been supporting them, especially in the wake of the lack of communication from the organisers who I trusted in when I committed to getting XIAO to this cunt of a lan.
Sigh. We learn, we move the eff on and look to the future.