Niantic settles Pokemon Go Fest class action lawsuit for $1.6 million

Attendees can claim for airfares, hotel expenses, parking fees and more

Niantic settles Pokemon Go Fest class action lawsuit for $1.6 million

Niantic has agreed to pay out nearly $1.6 million as part of a settlement for a class action lawsuit centering on the troubled Pokemon Go Fest it hosted last year.

Tens of thousands of fans flocked to Chicago in July 2017 to play the game and unlock the title’s first legendary pokemon Lugia in a special battle.

But high hopes for the show turned sour after it was plagued by various problems, from the three-hour queues to technical issues that left many unable to even play the game.

Refunds not enough

Niantic had apologised for the problems and promised to refund all registered attendees. Despite this, some still decided to sue to reimburse costs such as airfares, hotel expenses, parking fees, etcetera.

According to TechCrunch, a document filed in Chicago said the settlement should be up by May 25th 2018 and an email will be sent to Pokemon Go Fest attendees on how to claim for a reimbursement.

Those who do decide to make a claim will need to prove they attended the event and anyone with expenses over $107 will be required to show receipts.

Court documents stated that any money left over from the settlement once all claims have been satisfied will be given to the Illinois Bar foundation and Chicago Run.

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Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.