Developers of the popular Pokémon Go, Niantic, had a rough time during the first day of Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago because of server issues.
Polygon‘s Allegra Frank reports widespread server issues caused attendees to boo at Niantic CEO John Hanke and yell “Fix the game!” and “Fix the servers!” Shortly after that, Frank reported that Niantic promised attendees $100 worth of Pokécoins at a later date. Dani Deahl of The Verge also added that Niantic added the game’s first legendary Pokémon, Lugia, to attendees’ accounts.
During its release last year, Pokemon Go became such a cultural phenomenon that The Verge‘s Emily Yoshida asked acclaimed director Werner Herzog for his thoughts on the game. As a result, mainstream media sources are reporting on Pokémon Go Fest’s problems; CNBC’s Chris Welch also covered the story as well as USA Today‘s Edward C. Baig.
- “Some Pokémon Go Players Are Having Trouble Capturing Lugia and Articuno“. Patricia Hernandez. Kotaku.
- “Watch The Most Awkward Moments From Pokemon Go’s First Live Event“. Kevin Knezevic. GameSpot.
- “Pokemon Go Fest Plagued with Connectivity Issues“. Blake Hester. Rolling Stone.
- “Pokémon GO Fest Was Actually Really Fun After It Was Done Being A Disaster“. Dave Thier. Forbes.
- “Pokémon GO Fest attendees to get refunds as technical issues break the event“. Greg Kumparak. TechCrunch.
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