Some Attendees Are Now Suing Developer Niantic Over Pokemon Go Fest

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Due to the delayed entry into the Fest, lack of connectivity to cell towers, technical problems with Defendant's game software, and the malfunction of Defendant's Game server (s), attendees at the fest were unable to play the Game as Defendant's advertising had led them to anticipate. Though the event was held in Chicago, numerous loyal Pokémon Go players came from out of state, and even as far as out of the country.

A group of Pokemon Go players who attended Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago's Grant Park have filed a class-action suit against Niantic Labs, hoping to recoup travel expenses.

But, as first reported by Polygon, that didn't satisfy everyone. Niantic spend millions of dollars in marketing Pokemon Go feast and it was a success because they managed to get the fans hyped for it, but these annoying issue spoiled the party for everyone, especially for fans, disappointment was to a such a level that many fans went a step ahead and chose to file a Class-Action Lawsuit against Niantic.

Furthermore, when Jonathan Norton managed to enter the enclosure he was unpleasantly surprised that the game was not working and apparently, he was not the only one to experience this problem. As a way of apologizing to European players affected by these delays, Niantic says that several Pokemon "rarely seen in Europe" will start appearing in a number of cities in the region. They have, however, delayed similar events in Europe to try and prevent a similar disaster. A guy from California that travelled to Chicago, Illinois for the event. For instance, it became increasingly hard for players to connect and their characters were not able to challenge any of the Pokemon that appeared. "Most of the people came from out of state, many people from other countries".

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All people who attended the festival were offered a refund of their $20 admission price, as well as $100 in in-game credits in the form of Pokecoins.

Chicago attorney Thomas Zimmerman spoke on Norton's behalf.

As a result of these blunders, Niantic finds itself as a defendant in a proposed class-action lawsuit (PDF) over the scarred festival.

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