Remember Pokemon Go Fest? It was that really terrible event that Niantic hosted in Chicago where people couldn’t play. Now you remember? Great. It looks like a number of attendees are still pretty angry about the event and they are actually filing a lawsuit against Niantic. The main reason people went to Pokemon Go Fest in the first place was to catch all kinds of new and rare Pokemon that they didn’t have in their home territory. Since most people weren’t even able to open up the app, it didn’t go over so well.
Keep in mind, this isn’t just for people of Chicago. People flew in from all around the world in order to attend this event. A Chicago-based attorney named Thomas Zimmerman was contacted by over 30 different Pokemon Go Fest attendees, all looking to open up a lawsuit again Niantic for their travel expenses and poor experience at the event.
Niantic has already tried to do some damage control by giving attendees $100 worth of PokeCoins, a free Lugia, and a full refund for the cost of the ticket. Clearly they were trying to avoid these lawsuits, but the inevitable was bound to happen. Niantic is refusing to reimburse people’s travel expenses, which is a giant issue for one of Zimmerman’s clients who flew in from Japan.
Like I said, this was not just a small local gathering. People are really angry and I honestly think that Niantic deserves to lose a lot of money over this event. It was an absolutely pathetic attempt to bring life back to this game, and they failed miserably.