Pokémon Go Fest attendees file class-action lawsuit against Niantic

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago

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. For large events such as Pokemon GO Fest where cell phones will need to be used avidly, organizers generally partner with wireless providers for pop-up cell towers to boost signal within an area.

The suit is over "unspecified damages", presumably for travel expenses to and from Pokemon GO Fest, and expresses the intent of preventing Niantic from messing up future events the way they did Pokemon GO Fest.

Recently to celebrate Pokemon GO turning 1 year old and to celebrate the launch of legendary Pokemon, Niantic made a decision to hold a Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago that gathered players together to make the game more social.

Though Niantic did eventually issue refunds to those who attended the festival, and awarded them $100 of in-game credit and extended access to the rare Pokemon they had missed gathering due to issues at the event, not everyone who participated is satisfied with that gesture of goodwill.

Had those people who purchased tickets (and paid money for travel expenses) to attend the fest. known that they would not be able to play the Game as advertised, they would not have purchased tickets or paid money to travel to and attend the Fest.

The Pokemon Go fest event was supposed to be a big event, but the game failed to work at the designated time.

The maker of Pokémon GO and sponsor of the festival, Niantic, has apologized and offered refunds.

According to an announcement from the company, in order to "guarantee the best possible gameplay experience" for European players, it has rescheduled the August 5 and August 12 events until fall.

In addition to this, Niantic clarified that there is no change other scheduled events: Yokohama, Japan on August 14, and September 16 in France, Spain, and Germany.

Niantic has said that they "do not comment on pending legal matters".

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