ApeFest, the high-profile event celebrating Bored Ape Yacht Club enthusiasts, concluded with unforeseen legal drama. Attendees, including Asif Kamal, the CEO of Artfi, reported experiencing eye injuries purportedly linked to the event’s lighting. The incident has escalated to the brink of litigation, with Kamal spearheading legal action against Yuga Labs after suffering an eye infection and facial burns.
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Safety oversight leads to legal stance
It appears that the very ambiance meant to light up the gathering might have had unintended consequences. Kamal and several others are now facing eye afflictions allegedly due to a problematic lighting setup at the venue.
This has catalyzed Kamal to issue a legal notice to Yuga Labs, the creators of BAYC, marking a significant pivot towards legal recourse in the wake of the incident.
The aftermath of ApeFest
The severity of the situation is underscored by Kamal’s own harrowing experience, which necessitated medical intervention at a local hospital. The description of the treatment paints a distressing picture, with efforts to mitigate the eye condition described as intense and disorienting. These physical ailments were further compounded by language barriers during treatment, amplifying the distress for the affected CEO.
Response from the BAYC creators
Yuga Labs has acknowledged the issue, albeit noting that it affected a small percentage of the event’s attendees. Nevertheless, the company has urged anyone with symptoms to seek medical care and has conducted an investigation into the event’s infrastructure. Preliminary findings suggest that “UV-A emitting lights,” rather than the hypothesized UV-C, were likely the cause of the discomfort experienced by participants.
The community’s health at the forefront
While the extent of the impact is still being evaluated, Kamal emphasizes the importance of attendee safety, especially given the support the community has provided to the NFT creators. He hopes that future events will place a heightened emphasis on health and safety to prevent such incidents from recurring.
With the legal process in its nascent stages and the investigation by Yuga Labs ongoing, this incident has raised crucial questions about event safety and organizer accountability within the Web3 space. As the community awaits further updates, it remains hopeful that this will serve as a learning experience, ensuring that digital celebrations never overshadow the physical well-being of participants.