Pokemon GO Fest ‘A Complete Disaster’

The Pokemon GO Fest is currently taking place in Chicago’s Grant Park, promising fans the opportunity to catch the game’s first Legendary Pokemon and participate in other challenges. But immense technical problems have soured the event.

According to our site staff Bob Edwards, “GO Fest is a complete disaster. The game is unplayable and will not load. Servers are down, people who paid are unable to get in. No one is catching anything.” His sentiments match Tweets from hundreds of other fans in attendance.

His conclusion: “It was not well thought out.”

Niantic sold over 20,000 tickets to the event, but cellular service can’t keep up. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, took to the event’s main stage to reassure fans that Niantic was working with cell phone companies like Verizon and AT&T to get the problems sorted out. However, he was booed multiple times by the crowds even long after leaving the stage.

Beyond the technical issues, fans who purchased tickets are unable to get in to the physical event. Thousands in line have been told they may not be able to get in for several hours. Many fans reportedly flew in from different states and countries just to attend. “It’s disorganized and unprofessional,” Edwards stated.

While a livestream of the festival was planned, it is currently offline, presumably because of the event’s failings.

Niantic and The Pokemon Company have not addressed these issues on social media yet. If fans were able to defeat a Legendary Pokemon at the festival today, that same Legendary Pokemon would be available at Gyms worldwide on Sunday. However, the event’s failings now leave that possibility uncertain.

The event’s technical issues are in line with those that plagued the game when it first launched last summer. No one expected the game to be a smash hit back then, so objectively those issues were excusable.

In this case of this festival, however, Niantic chose to sell 20,000 tickets and should have anticipated how 20,000 Pokemon GO players might impact cell phone towers. Yet staff at the event are claiming it is not “their fault” there is poor cell phone service, according to Edwards.

Could the negative reception and Niantic’s poor handling of the event mean this will be the first and last Pokemon GO event? Or will Niantic learn from their mistakes and will fans forgive them? Let’s hope so!

Let this also be a lesson to Niantic that this is what happens when you try to disturb the balance of nature by capturing the Legendary Birds! :x

Update (11:30 AM): Niantic reps at the event are now apologizing, issuing ticket refunds, and giving each player $100 worth of in-game currency.

Update #2 (3:00 PM): Lugia can now be encountered by players at the event. For the rest of us, both Lugia and Articuno will be coming to raid battles worldwide within the next 48 hours!


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  1. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    I'm not surprised. I actually expected this to happen since it happened each time TPC/i did anything involving server usage.
     
  2. BraviaryBoi Anonymus
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    TPCI is not in control of this event. Niantic is
     
  3. Lanstar The Funny Fairy Bug
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    I bet a mix of both: The fans will never forgive them, but Ninantic will keep playing the events - and given how slow they develop, it will take a year to stabilize. Then many fan might just forget how bad they were, and keep playing, just because "Legendz" :p
     
  4. GekkisaiDaiNi #GekkiLogic/#GekkiFails
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    RIP Pokemon GO 2016-2017 :/
     
  5. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    TPC/i still oversees what they do with the IP, so they are responsible for it. This has happened even with the Pokemon Transfer Tool and Pokemon Bank, each release. It still perplexes me how (considering this has been a problem many times before) this is still a problem given the size of their user base.
     
  6. TokenDuelist VGC Professor
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    Sure am sad to hear it turned into Dashcon 2

    Honestly sometimes I wonder if Niantic even understands Pokemon lol.
    I'm not too fond of "Pokemon Go" fans on the side of the Pokemon Fandom. You don't see all this booing, entitlement, and attitude from people who play more than just Go.
     
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  7. Pokeprinxe I HAVE A CUBONE TATTOOED ON MY FACE.
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    Welp... Now I don't feel as bad for not being able to attend. Poor people.
     
  8. Darkrye Aspiring Trainer
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    Once again, not connected. This is 100% on Niantic for mishandling the event. TPCi has nothing to do with this mess, so please don't continue to insist otherwise.
     
  9. professor layton Aspiring Trainer
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    They just took unplugged the life support from an almost-dead horse. Good job Niantic
     
  10. uncleyuri

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    The product is pokemon correct? I'm not imagining I'm catching pokemon when I play the game right ? They are connected. It's just as much their mess.
     
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  11. Pokeprinxe I HAVE A CUBONE TATTOOED ON MY FACE.
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    Agreed.
     
  12. Raigetsu Lightning Trainer
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    That sucks. I hope they learn from this.
    I would think 10,000 is too much, 20,000? seriously? There is no amount of motivation that'll allow 20,000 people to be accommodated for an event like this.
    You might as well call it woodstock and play music all day.
     
  13. CrownAxe Aspiring Trainer
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    Just like how Tony Hawk is at fault for how terrible Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 was, right?
     
  14. Shishigami Amatsu Mikaboshi
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    You never want a Pokémon event to ever get as bad as Woodstock did. Maybe the topless fans thats pushing it but really Woodstock? Just don't...
     
  15. Lostlorn Forest Sinnoh is the best region
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    Not that similar to Dashcon. That was an outright scam and those scammed walked right into it. This is more like Fyre Festival, just on a lower scale.

    Also that last statement I disagree with. The Pokemon fanbase is one of the most entitled collective. No playable Pokemon cards? Complain. No Sinnoh remakes/Switch game? Complain. The list goes on. But I can admire that we never leave it since we love it so much.
     
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  16. endpawn Aspiring Trainer
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    What other pokemon games suffer from this kind of failure? If you traveled to Pokemon TCG worlds and it took you hours to get into the event after the games have started and then when you got there the judges jumped up on the table and started rolling around and throwing your cards around the room the response would probably be booing, attitude and whatever you think the word "entitlement" means.
     
  17. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    Well I'm looking forward to that update with Assault Rifles then. I mean, they can do it, since Pokemon isn't connected to it or anything.
     
  18. Xeynid Aspiring Trainer
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    They utilize pokemon branding, but the event is only a mess because niantic is bad at planning.

    TCPI has a copyright on the concept of pokemon, but they didn't plan the event.
     
  19. Gamerdynasty4ever Aspiring Trainer
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    Lets hope Niantic doesn't screw up the Yokahama event...
     
  20. Pollybean Aspiring Trainer
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    I believe 20,000 count isn't even that high compared to other large conventions. Niantic has no one to blame but themselves.