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Pokemon Go Fest Refunds To Be Issued July 23, 2017

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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When it launched, Pokémon Go became a worldwide phenomenon, and it is still going strong a year after its release. Developer Niantic planned to host an enormous fan event in Chicago, IL this weekend to celebrate the game’s first year, and it started early this morning.

Major plans were unveiled before the event even started, including raids to unlock various Legendary Pokémon in the wild. Players not at the event would be able to participate as well, as any Pokémon caught worldwide at certain points of the day would bring attendees one step closer to achieving that goal.

However, Pokémon Go Fest was riddled with non-stop glitches ranging from connection issues, long lines, admittance problems, and more. Major raids failed, not because the players were unable to accomplish them, but because the vast majority of potential players couldn’t even connect to the game during the limited play period.

Due to all of these issues, Niantic has decided to refund every attendee’s money and compensate everyone at the event who couldn’t play.  Players with a legitimate ticket will get the following:

  • A full refund of their ticket.
  • $100 of in-game currency (Pokécoins)
  • Access to rare eggs at select PokéStops. (Players must redeem the Pokémon Go Fest Attendee Badge QR code at an event PokeStop first.)
  • Lugia

That last one is not a typo, all attendees are going to get the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, and now Lugia can be earned at gyms in raid battles worldwide.

Anyone who paid for a legitimate ticket to the event should check their email addresses as soon as possible for all the details they’ll need.  Trainers will have until Sunday to register their Attendee Badge QR Codes at the specially designated Pokémon Go Fest PokéStops.

Let’s be honest, while most people are blaming Niantic for this event, Niantic isn’t the only company at fault here.  In the US, its become expected that when you attend a major convention anywhere, the cellular service at the event is going to fail. One would assume with all the profits the cell phone companies are making here, they can afford to provide their customers with a service that works consistently, but they can’t.  Creating a major event that entirely relies on cellular service working is, in my opinion, a bad idea.

I plan to talk more about this event on the website throughout the week, so stay tuned for more Pokémon Go coverage!

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