Excellent news for Pokémon Go followers in Europe: Niantic has introduced new dates for the occasions in Europe that have been postponed following the disastrous final result of the first-ever Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago in July.
The occasions — dubbed ‘Pokémon GO Safari Zone’ — shall be held as follows:
October 7, 2017
Centrum Černý Most—Prague, The Czech Republic
October 14, 2017
Mall of Scandinavia—Stockholm, Sweden
Stadshart Amstelveen—Amstelveen, The Netherlands
These are along with others which stay on target to happen this month:
September 16, 2017
Unibail-Rodamco Buying Centres situated at CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain)
The occasions are designed to convey a group really feel to Pokémon Go by encouraging folks to get open air to gather uncommon Pokémon, and compete in battles and raids.
That’s the plan at the least. Sadly the Chicago occasion — the primary of its type — was a huge mess.
Round 20,000 folks attended the weekend occasion, together with many guests who flew in, however technical points upstaged the hype and broke the occasion. Many of the attendees unable to entry the service as servers crashed beneath the load and native cell towers struggled to deal with the calls for of so many gamers in the identical place.
Niantic issued refunds — within the type of $100 of digital foreign money inside Pokémon Go — however that didn’t cease some disgruntled followers from submitting a class-action lawsuit as a result of that they had shelled out on touring to Chicago with out realizing it might be a write-off.
The corporate hasn’t stated something new right now about the way it plans to make sure the problems is not going to be repeated in Europe. On the time of the postponement of the primary occasions — which have been initially scheduled for August — it stated it wanted extra time “to ensure a great experience for Pokémon GO Trainers in Europe and around the world.”
The occasions are more and more necessary for Niantic.
Pokémon GO was a smash-hit final 12 months, with Apple revealing it to be it the most-downloaded iOS app of 2016, however curiosity has cooled considerably this 12 months. The app remains to be among the many prime 50 within the App Retailer and thousands and thousands nonetheless play it on daily basis, but it surely has been reported that 4 out of 5 customers have give up.
Niantic has tried to revive curiosity by issuing particular releases of recent Pokémon and new options, however the offline element is a great stimulus.