To say Chicago’s Pokémon GO Fest didn’t go well is a bit of an understatement. Connection problems were abundant, Niantic’s CEO was met with a very frosty reception and the company ended up giving registered attendees $100 PokéCoins and Lugia in-game, while entry tickets were refunded.

That said, there are those who came from further afield, either from out of state or even other countries, who feel the festival didn’t deliver the experience that was promised. Several of these attendees are seeking to file suit against Niantic to cover their travel expenses.

Thomas Zimmerman, who is the attorney handling the case, told Polygon the following:

“The issue is, what was promised, what was the incentive that people relied on and the representations that people relied on to buy a ticket and make travel plans and fly to Chicago to participate in this festival, would they have done that had they known that that was not going to be lived up to and they weren’t going to get the experience that was represented?”

Polygon has since reached out to the developer and organizer and received this statement: “Niantic does not comment on pending legal matters.”

We’ll just have to wait and see how this case pans out in the months to come.

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