Attendees want their travel expenses refunded following underwhelming event.
Following the disastrous events of last week’s Pokemon GO Fest, a few dozen event attendees are banding together to sue developer Niantic. According to Thomas Zimmerman, the lawyer organizing the lawsuit, the attendees feel that Niantic did not provide the experience that was advertised and want reimbursement for travel and other expenses.
As we previously reported, Pokemon GO Fest was a bit of a mess. The game was unplayable for most attendees, prompting Niantic to offer ticket refunds and in game credit as an apology. However, the attendees who created this lawsuit are seeking reparations for their other expenses as well.
“We’re not seeking any relief with respect to the failure to get legendary Pokemon, because Niantic is offering that,” Zimmerman told Polygon. “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.”
Niantic has made further attempts to remedy the situation, extending the period of time rare Pokemon could be caught to give more time to attendees, but Zimmerman states at this point the attendees simply want their expenses covered more than anything else.
Sam Stewart is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.