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Niantic settles class action lawsuit following last year’s disastrous Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago

Last summer, Niantic Labs celebrated the first year of Pokémon GO with an in-person event in Chicago, with others to follow in Europe. It didn’t go well: spotty cell signals and overwhelmed servers turned the event into a disaster, and two dozen attendees launched a class action lawsuit to try and recoup travel expenses. TechCrunch is reporting that Niantic has reached a settlement, to the tune of $1.5 million.

The company will end up paying $1,575,000 for attendees’ flights, hotel rooms, car rentals, parking fees, milage, and tolls. The company will put up a website by May 25th for individuals affected by the problems, and it will notify users via e-mail.

To qualify for the settlement, users have to have checked into the festival in the game, and anyone who has expenses that total more than $107 will need to provide receipts.

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Post source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/1/17186410/niantic-pokemon-go-fest-class-action-lawsuit-settle-chicago