Suit claims Pokemon Go Fest didn't live up to its billing

Gwen Vasquez
July 28, 2017

Unfortunately this was not enough for some as almost two dozen Pokemon GO gamers have since filed lawsuits against Niantic, seeking travel reimbursement for the event that some gamers travelled from out of town for.

Ever since Niantic launched its iconic game Pokémon Go, it has emerged as one of the most popular games across the globe. Hanke blamed the bad experience on "software and network problems" despite what he claimed were Niantic's best attempts to provide an environment with a stable connection for attendees.

Last weekend, Pokemon Go fans gathered in Chicago for the inaugural "Fest" event and were met with a slew of issues making the game unplayable for almost the entirety of the event.

"Fest-goers were unable to complete timed in-game challenges to collect special rewards or collect previously unavailable or rare Pokemon", Attorney Tom Zimmerman said.

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"Niantic is not offering to refund people's travel expenses for coming to Chicago", Zimmerman added.

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. There were many instances in countries like China and United States where people in hundreds were seen participating in mass Pokemon Go events, running after some rare Pokémon's.

The suit says Niantic violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act by misleading attendees, as well as several California consumer protection laws.

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