Pokemon Go’s first series of real world events was last week and the biggest of all happened in Chicago, US. Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago turned into such an utter disaster that festival attendees are now banding together to sue Niantic. More than 20 people are filing a lawsuit against Pokemon Go’s developer Niantic, hoping for reimbursement of travel costs.

Pokemon Go Fest promised rare Pokemon captures at the event. Most players suspected Legendary Pokemon would make an appearance through event achievements. For instance, capturing mass amounts of certain Pokemon types worldwide during the event unlocked

  • Double XP
  • Double candy
  • Reduced hatching distance
  • Reduced buddy distance
  • Higher Pokemon spawn rates
  • and double Stardust collection buffs

For those actually attending the event, however, it was virtually impossible to catch Pokemon with massive connection issues plaguing the event. Not to mention those standing in the heat outside for hours. During Pokemon Go Fest stage events the crowd chanted “We can’t play!” disturbing presenters.



Within hours of the event, after many attendees had only just finished standing in line outside, Niantic announced refunds for all Pokemon Go Fest attendees. In addition, players received $100 worth of the in-game currency for Pokemon Go, Pokecoins. Further, the special Pokemon, eggs, and Poke-stops that were promised for Pokemon Go Fest attendees were extended in radius and duration. Those special Pokemon and items would only show for Pokemon Go Fest attendees who used provided QR codes. Pokemon Go Fest attendees also had the Legendary Pokemon, Lugia added to their Pokemon Go accounts.

Pokemon Go Legendary Pokemon Lugia from Pokemon Go Fest

Pokemon Go Fest attendees sue Niantic for traveling expenses

Although those are decent rewards and players worldwide enjoyed the extension of Legendary Pokemon capture chances; many Pokemon Go players traveled interstate and some even from other countries to attend Pokemon Go Fest. Niantic and Pokemon Go promised the event would be an amazing experience and traveling expenses are no joke.

One California man who traveled to Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago, Jonathon Norton contacted Thomas Zimmerman, an attorney based in Chicago. Since then, 20 to 30 other people have contacted Zimmerman and joined the lawsuit against Niantic. According to Polygon, Zimmerman commented

“We’re not seeking any relief with respect to the failure to get legendary Pokémon, because Niantic is offering that…But Niantic is not offering to refund people’s travel expenses for coming to Chicago. Most of the people came from out of state, many people from other countries — I talked to someone who flew in from Japan.”

It seems the Pokemon Go players suing Niantic are only hoping for reimbursement of travel costs although they feel let down by the event as a whole. Players worldwide are thankful to those who did attend the events and players who contributed to capture challenges.

Many have enjoyed raiding to capture Legendary Pokemon, Lugia and Articuno spawning worldwide right now and enjoying the bonus buffs. Although bonus buffs have now ended, Lugia and Articuno are still spawning. Niantic has confirmed that the next Legendary Pokemon to spawn in the world will be Moltres and Zapdos.

• Articuno (Team Mystic) released on Saturday, July 22 and available until the end of Monday, July 31 (US).
• Moltres (Team Valor) releases on Monday, July 31 and available until the end of Monday, August 7 (US).
• Zapdos (Team Instinct) releases on Monday, August 7 and available until the end of Monday, August 14 (US).


Pokemon Go Legendary Pokemon Articuno from Pokemon Go Fest


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