Pokémon Go Developer Niantic is Being Sued Over Failed Pokémon Go Fest

Pokémon Go Developer Niantic is Being Sued Over Failed Pokémon Go Fest

Pokémon Go Developer Niantic is Being Sued Over Failed Pokémon Go Fest

According to Zimmerman, his client paid to fly to Chicago and participate in the festival where he had to wait for several hours in a queue like most people before getting in. Originally, the event was advertised as being a celebration of Pokemon Go's first year and that attendees would be catching rare Pokemon that were hard to find. Zimmerman mentioned that this was against what Niantic advertised.

Niantic did not hesitate much to uncover its goodwill and understanding the gravity of the situation, offered refunds of entry tickets, each valued at $100. Disgruntled attendees, who couldn't access special premiums they'd been promised, even heckled the CEO of creator Niantic Labs when he took the stage to speak.

The game buckled under the stress and basically didn't work for most of the day, an issue Niantic took the blame for and blamed on network carriers. Unfortunately, for Zimmerman and others, this wasn't enough. They have the money and backing of The Pokemon Company behind them to ensure these events go well.

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Zimmerman claims that the participants in the class-action lawsuit are only looking to be compensated to their time and travel. "We're not seeking any relief with respect to the failure to get legendary Pokémon, because Niantic is offering that". The suit alleges that some people flew in from other countries and all across the US.

Niantic said when it announced the Safari Zone events there would be an opportunity to catch Pokemon never encountered before in Europe, so at least those affected by the rescheduling still have that to look forward to. While it's always hard to foresee technical difficulties - Niantic blames "cellular traffic" for the reason their app didn't work - it certainly doesn't help when the focus of the event was about playing the game.

We all knew it was coming.

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