Last weekend was the very first Pokemon Go Fest, which took place in Chicago and was set to be a big deal and kick off new features in the game. However, just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and all who attended were not very happy.
In fact, some of the attendees were so unhappy with the situation that they got together to initiate a lawsuit against developer Niantic. It has been reported that a group of attendees are suing the developer and requesting that they cover the travel expenses to the event, seeing as it was a complete waste of time. The Chicago lawyer who was contacted, Thomas Zimmerman, said the following:
“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.”
He goes on to say that “The issue is, what was promised, what was the incentive that people relied on and the representations that people relied on to buy a ticket and make travel plans and fly to Chicago to participate in this festival, would they have done that had they known that that was not going to be lived up to and they weren’t going to get the experience that was represented?”
It’s worth mentioning that the developer did offer refunds for all tickets, as well as giving $100 worth of credit to spend in the game. However, many are claiming that that simply is not enough, though it looks like the main focus of the suit is for travel expenses only and they won’t be asking for more than that. It will definitely be interesting to see how this one plays out.