Pokémon Doesn’t Go Well Festival
This past Saturday Grant Park played host to the much-anticipated Pokémon Go Festival. The first of it’s kind marking the first anniversary of the launch of the very popular app and game by the same name. With tickets selling out within minutes the promise of the release of legendary (rare) Pokémon, challenges and rewards as well as other event exclusives, the hype was real. People traveled near and very far to be apart of the once in a lifetime event. The line to enter winded deep through the park hours long, all of this for the hopes of “catching them all.” Unfortunately Pokémon trainers (players) entered the festival only to face non-stop network connection issues and glitches. The festival can really be described nothing other than a disaster. Attendees booed Niantic’s CEO John Hanke when he took the stage to apologize for the network connection issues.
As compensation for the disastrous event Niantic, the company responsible for developing the app, is offering $100 towards in-app purchases as well as a refund on the $20 for the original ticket. Those who purchased tickets from a third party or scalpers are out of luck.
Photo credit Harry Smith @harebear