Pokemon Go is being sued over the disastrous Chicago live event

If you live in the midwest and are out only a ticket and a tank of gas for your trip to the botched Pokemon Go event a week and change ago, you were probably mollified by Niantic’s vow to reimburse your ticket fee and grant you some free in-game currency. If you spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars to travel to the event from far away, however, $100 in Pokemon Go cash is not going to cut it. That’s the impetus behind a new class-action lawsuit being filed on behalf of “20 or 30” people who say that Niantic failed to keep its promises and should reimburse their travel.

“We’re not seeking any relief with respect to the failure to get legendary Pokémon, because Niantic is offering that,” the attorney representing the plaintiffs, Thomas Zimmerman, explained to Polygon. “But Niantic is not offering to refund people’s travel expenses for coming to Chicago. Most of the people came from out of state, many people from other countries — I talked to someone who flew in from Japan.”

Given just how much money Niantic made from RMT during a single day of the event, we figure the studio’s probably good to reimburse some overseas guests for travel, but in light of how hard the studio has fought to avoid legal culpability for its actions in the past, we doubt it’ll be that simple.

Niantic has said it won’t comment on the lawsuit, but it did delay some of its events in Europe — the Copenhagen and Prague event originally scheduled for August 5th and the Stockholm and Amsterdam event planned for August 12th — until an unspecified date later in the fall. Other events this month in Japan and Europe will go on as anticipated.

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AussieEevee

If you are suing over a video game, there is something wrong with you. Come on people, this is just stupid.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“If you are suing over a video game, there is something wrong with you.” – Does this apply always? How strange, if so. I can’t imagine we’d have an industry.

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zeko_rena

Hahahahahahahahaha

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Veldan

Do Americans sue whenever something goes wrong in life?

People are to blame for their own losses. Flying in from far away for this and then sueing is like taking vacation days for an MMO launch and then blaming the company when you sit in queue.

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Jack Pipsam

Not just Americans sadly, but they started the now growing international trend of suing everything something goes wrong.

It’s happening here in Australia and it’s ruining our rose-glassed laid-back way of life as everyone is scared of being sued now.

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Ittybumpkin

So instead the company who utterly failed to deliver on what they sold people should just be let off with essentially the message that you can drag people here, make extra money from them, toss out some digital loot and a refund off of just their original ticket fee and be good? Also, nowhere does it say that everyone involved in the suit is American. It references the lawyer talking to someone who came in from Japan, which could indicate that maybe one of the plaintiffs is Japanese. We don’t know though but you can just keep making baseless assumptions. The people purchased tickets and had real expenses under the assumption that Niantic was capable of fulfilling their end of the deal, there was no indication that they were even close to being able to support the amount of tickets they sold.

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AussieEevee

Niantic shouldn’t have to defend themselves from a frivolous lawsuit though.

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Veldan

I’d say the refunded ticket fee alone is enough. Everything else is on the people. If you go to a real world location with a ton of people all using mobile internet and expect everything to work, that’s not the company’s fault. I know I would have never gone there, let alone pay for it, let alone fly there from abroad and pay for a plane ticket.

As for who’s sueing, if you click the link you’ll see an attorney was contacted by “a California local”. No baseless assumptions here.

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Darthbawl

It’s sadly the “American way” to sue, even if it seems fruitless.

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BDJ

Yes we do. Its sad as fuck. You can’t do anything now a days without someone bringing a suit.

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Tobasco da Gama

I suspect they don’t have any sort of real legal case here, but I’m still pretty sympathetic to the cause. Niantic clearly was not capable of delivering the experience they had advertised.

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Fervor Bliss

So they want to add lawyer fee’s on top of their losses?

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Bryan Turner

Can’t say I blame them, although I have no doubt there will be dozens of folks labeling this lawsuit as a bunch of entitled kids,

how ever this case will set a standard for these game companies to be dependable, stick to their advertising, and no longer put these companies in a special category where expecting them to do what’s right and stick to agreements makes their customers entitled.

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