BeefJack: "The Vortex Game Conference and Competition likely won’t ring any bells for a lot of gamers. But Toronto indie developers know the conference – which was supposed to “crash” the city’s TIFF Bell Lightbox last week – all too well.
On this scene, and beyond, Vortex has raised eyebrows recently. Some weeks ago, the event was hit by several scathing accusations of both corruption and incompetence. That’s when I decided to do some digging. The article that follows was almost finished when, as far as I’ve been able to ascertain, this year’s Vortex was unceremoniously called off at the eleventh hour. And despite having spoken at length with the event’s organisers while working on this piece, I have been unable to reach them for any further comments since hearing about the cancellation."