Pokémon Go Fest Attendees Taking Niantic To Court

After the disastrous Pokémon Go Fest last weekend, an opportunistic group of attendees have gone ahead and filed a class-action suit against developer Niantic.

The convention was plagued with a number of technical problems, spread between issues with the game itself and inadequate mobile phone networks. But these issues aside, it’s said that “twenty or thirty” have joined a lawsuit, originally filed by Jonathon Norton, in an effort to have their travel expenses refunded.

Chicago-based attorney Thomas Zimmerman picked the case up.

“Norton paid to fly out for the festival,” Zimmerman said. “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.”

Niantic has already issued an apology for the technical issues. They’ve also offered ticket refunds, gifted players $100 of their in-game currency as well as given out Lugia, the sought after Legendary, to attendees.

When asked by Polygon, Niantic said it wouldn’t comment on “pending legal matters”.

(via Eurogamer)

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