It has become very clear that the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago did not exactly go the way the organisers hoped. Long lines, lack of connectivity, poor organisation and a server crash all marred the event. Niantic Labs attempted to placate attendees with a refund and free in-game currency, but some Pokemon Go players took it further by launching a Class Action Lawsuit. In response to the problems experienced in Chicago, Niantic have decided to postpone the European Safari events.
Despite Niantic Labs previously promising that all its planned Summer events would go ahead, the Pokemon Go Safari events in Copernhagen and Prague, which were due to take place on 5th August are to be postponed, as are the similar events in Stockholm and Amsterdam which were due to take place on the 12th August. The Japanese event also due to take place in August is still going ahead as planned, along with the events planned for September in Germany and France.
Niantic Labs have released a statement saying that the company is hoping to improve the gameplay experience for users at those events, most likely in an attempt to avoid the problems that occurred at Chicago.
“In order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience for European Trainers, we have decided to postpone the events in Europe scheduled for August 5 (Copenhagen and Prague) and August 12 (Stockholm and Amsterdam) until a date later in the Fall,” Read the statement from Niantic Labs, “No other scheduled events are affected including the event scheduled for Yokohama, Japan on August 14 and the events scheduled for September 16 in France, Spain, and Germany. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you understand that our priority is to ensure a great experience for Pokémon GO Trainers in Europe and around the world. Trainers that might have questions regarding the Safari Zone events should visit the help center.”
There has been no confirmation on what the revised dates for the August events will be, though Niantic Labs have said that Pokemon who are rare to the European region will be appearing ‘for a brief time’ during August.
VRFocus will bring you further news on Pokemon Go and its related events at it becomes available.