Chicago Pokemon Go festival goes awry when players can't log in

Legendary Pokémon will be revealed in Chicago on 22 July

Pokémon Go Fest, Niantic's hyped milestone event that promised legendary Pokémon to players both inside Chicago and around the world, is a bust.

Niantic said it will refund the $20 ticket price and players or Pokemon "trainers" would be given $100 in PokeCoins for their Pokémon GO account. Many attendees traveled from across the country or paid hundreds of dollars for tickets being re-sold online.




Niantic engineers are now working on the issue and the company will reportedly refund participants for their tickets and give them $100 in PokeCoins which is the virtual currency in the game. "It's a small gesture, but we're sorry", Niantic's chief marketing officer told the crowd. "It has been a really unfortunate situation". And still later, an official live-stream of the event, with game footage and cheery commentators, went into placeholder mode, with little more than a title card to hold (or try to hold) viewer interest. "From everyone at Niantic, we apologize to all of the Trainers who came out to Pokemon GO Fest today". "We didn't envision the day going this way". Once it hatches players will work together to defeat the Legendary Pokemon, with victory giving you a chance to catch it.

As many as 20,000 players had been expected at the event to mark the one-year anniversary of the augmented reality game's debut. Everyone who registered will also received Lugia added to their party without having to battle for it. A promotional video released by the team showed legendary bird Pokemon Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno, Lugia, and Ho-Oh appearing in-game.

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