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The Pokémon Go Fest Fiasco

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.

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Train Jam 2016

The Train Jam is a game jam that takes place on an Amtrak car during the trip from Chicago to San Francisco. The idea is that it leads into the Game Developer’s Conference.

The 2016 Train Jam will occur on March 10-12, 2016. The tickets cost between $170 and $390 depending on amenities.

The organizers are also offering their Student Ambassador Program which is a partnership with various universities which will give ambassadors a Coach-Class ticket, access to all sponsor-provided benefits, and a GDC Expo Pass.


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