Following the disaster that as Pokémon Go Fest in Chigaco last weekend, various attendees are taking out a suit against Niantic for travel costs and other expenses.
Pokémon Go Fest had every intention to be good, but just like the launch of Pokémon Go itself, that wasn’t the case. From incredibly lengthy cues, to overloaded servers, to highly populated cell networks, Pokémon Go Fest was a bit of a bust. As a result Niantic Labs showed good faith by refunding all attendees their tickets, as well as giving them $100 worth of in-game currency.
However, not everyone who attended was local and reimbursing the ticket cost just isn’t enough. According to Polygon, Jonathan Norton, a California local, is filling a suit against Niantic Labs through attorney Thomas Zimmerman. Norton has since also been joined by around 20 – 30 other plaintiffs, according to Zimmerman.
“He paid to fly out [to Chicago] for the festival, and had to wait for several hours in line, just like most everybody else in order to get in,” Zimmerman said.
“We’re not seeking any relief with respect to the failure to get legendary Pokémon, because Niantic is offering that,” he told Polygon. “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 like fans aren’t trying to get millions from Niantic, just simply enough to cover the costs to travel to the event, which isn’t actually that much of a big deal. After all, the promises Niantic made about the event were not kept, and most overall had a bad experience, so it’s the least Niantic could do.
Unfortunately Niantic has refused to comment on the situation, so I guess we’re going to have to see how it plays out.