As many fans of Penny Arcade prepare to head down to PAX West in Seattle at the end of August, fans of the popular PlayStation podcast, Sacred Symbols, have been left fuming instead.
Sacred Symbols Live at PAX West is GO.
See you there, you sons of bitch. pic.twitter.com/2DpPd33Kdi
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) July 11, 2019
Headed up by Colin Moriarty and Chris Ray Gun, the Sacred Symbols podcast was supposed to have a panel at the Hydra Theatre on September 2, and was billed as a Q&A session about their podcast and PlayStation in general. Both hosts, as well as attendees, had made travel arrangements, only to find out that PAX West had cancelled the panel with no explanation.
PAX West rescinded Sacred Symbols’ panel today. So if you were planning to go… sorry.
I asked why, and am waiting on a response. pic.twitter.com/DXPVKUmVcZ
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) July 30, 2019
Moriarty has reached out to the organisers repeatedly, requesting for an explanation for the abrupt cancellation, and also to check if affected attendees would be refunded for their troubles.
Unfortunately for the fans of the podcast that were excited to attend the PAX West panel for Sacred Symbols, there was to be no good news.
1.) Reiterated the panel’s cancellation, but gave no reason for it.
2.) No refunds for PAX attendees.
3.) They will refund our airfare expenses in exchange for the free passes they offered. (This last one’s weird. Why would I go where I’m not wanted?!) pic.twitter.com/iElEmNMqDs
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) August 1, 2019
PAX West will not be refunding any affected attendees, nor was there any explanation given to the pair who are now left in an unenviable situation.
Moriarty has been in the games industry for a long time, starting out at IGN before transitioning to creating Kinda Funny. He later moved on to launch his own Patreon under the Colin’s Last Stand brand. Chris Ray Gun, on the other hand, is more well-known for his YouTube channel that focuses on a variety of topics including politics.
While speculation continues unabated about the true reasoning behind the cancellation of the panel, the lack of a proper explanation does indeed paint PAX West and its organisers in a negative light.