Pokemon Go Got Sued
Pokemon Go Fest is off to a disastrous start in Chicago today, and the event’s paying customers are not happy.From the beginning of the event this morning, server issues were pretty widespread in Grant Park, and three hours later, they have not been fixed. Right from the opening ceremony, players took out their frustration on Niantic by chanting “Fix the game!” Soon, Niantic CEO John Hanke took the stage, and he was met with deafening boos.
California man has sued the creators of Pokemon Go Fest, alleging the company knew or should have known about the problems that hampered the Chicago event.The suit, filed against developer Niantic in Cook County Circuit Court by attendee Jonathan Norton, seeks class action status. It alleges violations under Illinois, California and Washington state law.
Pokemon Go Fest brought as many as 20,000 people to Grant Park last weekend for a day-long event to celebrate the cellphone game’s one-year anniversary. But with hours-long lines and widespread problems connecting to the internet to play the game, Niantic officials offered attendees refunds and $100 worth of in-game credit.
The suit claims Niantic failed to account for the number of people who attended Pokemon Go Fest, as well as technical problems with the game’s software. Those factors led to fest attendees being “unable to play the game as (Niantic’s) advertising had led them to anticipate,” the suit says.
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Like many others, Norton traveled to attend Pokemon Go Fest, the suit says. If the attendees had known they wouldn’t be able to play the game as advertised, “they would not have purchased tickets or paid money to travel to and attend the fest,” the suit says.
While tickets to the event originally cost $20, they sold out within minutes and quickly began reselling for hundreds of dollars.The suit is seeking actual and punitive damages against Niantic, as well as attorney’s fees. That includes compensation for attendees’ travel costs, according to a press release from the Chicago-based Zimmerman Law Offices, which is representing Norton.
A spokesman for Niantic did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Are you satisfied with the way fest is being held ? Lemme hear you guys on my Instagram and Snapchat-Vibsz16 . Also you can request and ask your queries to me. Have a great day