On February 22, 2013 I attended a meet and greet hosted by Wargaming in Mobile, Alabama. Upon arrival I turned away and went home.
Back when the game was just getting its footing, and before World of Warships was released, Wargaming was setting up meet and greets across the country. Several forum posts were up about the many different locations they would be visiting.
For some reason my state, Alabama, seems to always get overlooked. It might be because not much happens here. Who knows? So I decided to post an invite, asking WG to visit us. They responded with a planned trip to Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is home to Battleship Memorial where the U.S.S Alabama is docked at port along with many WW2 tanks.
It was the perfect location to host a meet up.
I was delighted that they responded to my post and excited to get a chance to meet the people behind the game I grew to love and support. The subsequent postings entailed the plans, RSVPs, and suggestions on where to meet. Unfortunately I can not find these archived posts. I wonder why they are no longer available to public view?
Essentially the event was a by list only, and we were given a specific time frame to post if we would be attending. A list with around 30 names, including mine, was generated. I was under the impression that this would be all that would attend the meeting. I was also under the impression that this would be a private, by list only, meeting. A date and time for the meeting was established.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama. The drive to Mobile was over 350 Miles in one direction. In preparation for the event I took time off from work, booked a hotel, and made other plans for the trip. I also allowed enough time to arrive early so that I could be one of the first to arrive.
In my mind, I imagined I would be in a private banquet area reserved for a party of 30. I pictured myself getting there early and meeting people as they arrived. This is far from what happened.
I arrived at the restaurant an hour early to find it packed out. However, I wasn’t worried. I had reservations after all. I went to the host and asked where the banquet are for the Wargaming party was. The look on this chicks face said it all. She rolled her eyes and said, “Follow me”.
The room was full of fat fucks laughing and stuffing their faces. I turned to the hostess and asked if I was late. Did I miss something? She said no and that all of these people arrived 2 hours earlier. “Do you want a chair?”, she asked. I asked her how I was expected to eat without a table. What fucking good is a chair. I also ask why so many people not on the list was attending. She said that WG had allowing anyone to attend. To make matters worse, she couldn’t find an available chair. The place was so fucking packed there was literally nowhere to sit. So I left.
I took to the posts that were made to plan the event, announcing what had happened to me. Trolling ensued. Not to mention nothing from the PR department in regards to an apology. Instead, they posted what a success the event was, and how shocked they were that so many people from Alabama played the game. Seriously, what we cant play computer games?
In short FUCK Wot!
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Another sad and classes display on what has over the years become a very, very long list of sad and classless displays by Wargaming.
@Gomez and Thing1
I actually came to the conclusion on the best thing for World of Tanks and Warships, that is if Wargaming themselves go into insolvency or liquidation and then World of Tanks and Warships is sold to another game developer or publisher who will do a better job of running World of Tanks and Warships
Well, we can wish in one hand and shit in the other. Guess which one is going to fill up first.
Fact is, they’ll never sell out. They’re too fucking stupid. They’ve driven the game into the ground, admitted that they’ve fucked up, but still continue to do the same bullshit over and over again.
It’s never, ever going to change. What’s going to happen is one day people will go to log on and the server wont be there. Then they’ll head to the website to see what the fuck happened and it wont be there. Then they’ll go to hit the forum and it wont be there either.
It’ll just be fucking gone.
That is what is going to happen. I just hope we’re still around to post the big, huge I TOLD YOU SO!
See, there is no way around these so-called regional server staffs. There is no main corporate contact (centralized) to the main offices of Wargaming for quality control, or the main office like other places of businesses you do business with. There is no consumer satisfaction dept., there is no one you can call to get resolution with? You cannot resolve anything with Wargaming! There is no way to communicate with the home office in Cyprus or Minsk effectively on a practical means to address such issues. And these server offices (ex: NA office) can just set back, and keep doing what they do etc.
There’s no accountability here, nothing to hold them ultimately in-check. And what does Victor do about this? He get’s up and spew’s BS about, “Oh, we made a few mistakes along the way, we promise we’ll do better, etc..” The moment you bring up what kind shit they’ve done in the past, they will dispute it in a min, “Oh, no we didn’t do that, never happened, don’t know what you’re talking about.” Here, have a copy and paste response.
Dare post the forum, we’ll troll you for 8 pages… Send us too many service tickets on the issue, and argue with us then we send you this, ” EULA ### See arbitration process, have your attorney contact our legal dept, ( if you dare ), in the meantime we are no longer allowed to talk to you any longer until further notice on any issue forward until we hear from someone on your end.”
Yea, see if you can get through the Cyprus + Russian mob, and our compartmentalized obstruction tactics, or air out to the right outlets that piss us off enough, that we have our lawyers finally threaten you…
Wargaming is pathetic.
I agree with what you say there
I actually agree with everything you have written
I am not surprised at all
@ Meatslab: Just thought you’d like to know that this article was number one on this site yesterday with 283 unique views. (Those are verified readers, not bots and crawlers. The article actually had a total of 3,593 hits overall.)
So mission accomplished, man. You got what you wanted.
@ Thing 1 Thats Awesome! Thank you for posting it.
Going to say stay away from Let’s Battle Tours long lines and broken promises. When I went last year I have a post on here about somewhere it was chaos and way too many lines. Imagine lines for a new game release at GameStop for a new Battlefield and you get the idea. To top it all off it was a hot day and a couple of people fainted while in these long lines. Think it was July when I went of last year. You’ve been warned.