Chicago fes­ti­val to mark Poke­mon Go an­niver­sary goes awry

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

CHICAGO: A Poke­mon Go fes­ti­val at Chicago’s Grant Park to cel­e­brate the vir­tual game’s one-year an­niver­sary went awry when a tech­ni­cal glitch pre­vented many play­ers from log­ging on. The Chicago Tri­bune re­ported the fes­ti­val’s or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to is­sue re­funds for the $20 tick­ets and $100 in cred­its for use on the app. The Chicago Sun-Times re­ported the CEO of the game’s de­vel­oper was booed when he tried to ex­plain the prob­lem to the crowd.

Niantic Inc.’s John Hanke said “the whole Niantic team” was work­ing to fix a glitch in the server and log-on prob­lems with cellular ser­vice providers AT&T, Sprint and Ver­i­zon. Some in at­ten­dance paid as much as $400 on­line for the tick­ets when they sold out within min­utes of their June re­lease. The aug­mented re­al­ity game that uses GPS to lo­cate, cap­ture, bat­tle and train vir­tual crea­tures was in­tro­duced in the United States in July 2016. Niantic says Poke­mon Go has been down­loaded 750 mil­lion times.—AP

CHICAGO: Fes­ti­val go­ers wan­der the grounds at the Poke­mon Go Fest at Grant Park in Chicago. —AP pho­tos

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