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News Pokémon GO Fest was a complete disaster: glitches, refunds, cheats, boos and bottles

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    May Demon Buster Trainee Staff Member Admin Pokémon Trainer Wiki Contributor

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    The Pokémon GO Fest ended and it was a complete disaster with a lot of technical problems like the game that was unplayable, the servers were down and sometimes unable to load. Trying to jam thousands of people into a small space somewhere seems to have similarly overloaded servers/cell towers. But, in a way, this affects all other players, too.
    Many people paid the ticket ($ 20) and were unable to enter, other waited for over 2,5 hours.
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    Most of the times the stream was offline and at some point the crowd started chanting “We can’t play!” at the event organizers
    https://twitter.com/MsDBZbabe/status/888815652420669440/video/1
    https://clips.twitch.tv/WealthyRelievedKaleCclamChamp

    The issues were so severe that Niantic CEO John Hanke was heckled loudly when he took the stage this afternoon, with angry fans shouting and chanting "boos" and "fix our game"
    At one point a bottle was thrown at a presenter on stage - it missed.
    https://clips.twitch.tv/AnnoyingPricklyButterflyPraiseIt
    https://twitter.com/therealzef/status/888830668381319171/video/1
    https://twitter.com/chipsineni/status/888826652813340672/video/1

    The Pokemon Go Fest was the first official live event held by the creators of Pokémon Go, offering the promise that “Legendary Pokémon” would be unleashed if they manage to catch enough Pokémon during the Pokémon GO Fest Challenge Windows. They "managed" to reach the goals and the first two Legendary Pokémon, Lugia and Articuno, are now available but Niantic was caught changing and manipulating the event goals at the fest.
    4nD9-luCzQaPUwOyhdnpQ9n5xy6dvt1Zy_KPzaH0ocs[1].jpg (image source: reddit)

    Since the game was unplayable, the servers were down and sometimes unable to load it was nearly impossible to achieve the many goals so they simply started to input a manual control of how many Pokémon were caught.

    After all that, Niantic updated their official Pokémon GO website and announced that:
    • All registered attendees will soon receive an email with instructions on how to receive a full refund for the cost of their ticket. These instructions will be sent to the email addresses associated with your Pokémon GO account.
    • All registered attendees will receive $100 in PokéCoins in their Pokémon GO account.
    • Special Pokémon, Eggs, and check-in PokéStops appearing during Pokémon GO Fest have had their range increased to a two mile radius surrounding Grant Park through Monday morning, July 24. These Pokémon and Eggs will only be visible to Pokémon GO Fest attendees who validated the QR code they received when they entered Pokémon GO Fest. Attendees who were unable to validate their QR code during the event can do so through the special PokéStops through Monday morning.
    • All registered attendees will have the Legendary Pokémon, Lugia, added to their account.

    Source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/22/16014904/pokemon-go-fest-disaster-network-server-problems-refunds
    http://kotaku.com/pokemon-go-fest-is-having-a-rough-start-1797156301
    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-pokemon-go-fest-draws-thousands-to-grant-park/
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-bsi-pokemon-go-fest-day-20170722-story.html

    Finally, here's a personal recap from a reddit user that explained everything that happened that day:
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    https://www.nianticlabs.com/blog/gofestupdate072517/
    Wow... like he wrote seems that everything went ok... but it's not the reality of what happened
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    Phazon Trainer Staff Member Section Mod Pokémon Trainer

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    kinda disgusting how people react over a mobile game yet a free one.

    Makes me fear about the future when free games with free updates is still far from enough to satisfy anyone. :/
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    Diehl Online more often since last week Staff Member Section Mod Pokémon Trainer

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    Well... About all the bugs they had at the event... It's just like this game really is, bugged!
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    May Demon Buster Trainee Staff Member Admin Pokémon Trainer Wiki Contributor

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    I think that people were angry because they paid 20 dollars for the ticket and weren't able to play (the refund was told only in the evening) and some of them purchased the boxes with the items but the game wasn't playable.
    Let's add to this that some people weren't able to enter the event for more than 3 hours so the organizations wasn't really good...

    The game was always bugged.... so nothing strange here XD
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