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Niantic agrees to settle Pokémon GO Fest lawsuit

Last July, Niantic hosted Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park. The sold-out event was intended as a massive celebration Pokemon Go‘s success. Unfortunately, the event did not go very well.

Poor Wi-Fi connections rendered the game almost entirely unplayable and Niantic was forced to issue full refunds. This left many fans out hundreds of dollars in travel and hotel expenses. In response, a group of frustrated players organized a class-action lawsuit seeking reimbursement for the costs incurred during the the trip to Go Fest.

Today, Tech Crunch has reported that Niantic has agreed to settle the lawsuit. The company has agreed to shell out £1,575,000 to reimburse attendees for parking, travel, hotel, and similar expenses accrued during the course of attending Pokemon Go Fest. Court documents say that the official website for the settlement should be online by May 25, 2018.

Those who attended the event will also be getting a letter to inform them of the settlement and directing them to the website to claim their reimbursement. There are a few restrictions to keep in mind, however. First of all, attendees must have checked into the Pokemon Go event through the game.

Niantic did not provide an explanation, though this may be in order to prevent scalpers from attempting to make any more money off the event. Secondly, those who seek more than £107 will be required to provide receipts. After the payments and legal fees have been handled, any remaining funds will be split between the Illinois Bar Association and the non-profit group Chicago Run.

The documents promise that none of the money will go back to Niantic . While the one-year anniversary was a mess, Pokemon Go did see a pretty strong year in 2017. While the game was no longer the pop-culture hit it once was, it boasted a fairly healthy player base and saw the release of some long-awaited features such as raids, legendary Pokemon, and changes to the game’s gym system.

Go Fest may have been a disaster and Pokemon Go may no longer be the most popular mobile game on the market, but trainers still have plenty of creatures to catch.

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