11:57, July 28 385 0 abajournal.com

2017-07-28 11:57:05
Suit claims Pokémon Go Fest didn’t live up to its billing

A Pokémon Go fan has filed a lawsuit claiming the app’s developer violated consumer protection laws when it held a festival that was marred by technical difficulties earlier this month in Chicago’s Grant Park.

The July 27 suit by Jonathan Norton claims attendees waited in line for hours to enter the fest and then were unable to play the game because of overburdened cell towers and problems with the game server and software, according to a press release by the Zimmerman Law Offices. The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and WGN News covered the lawsuit.

“The reality of the Fest fell flat in comparison” to promises made by Pokémon Go developer Niantic, the suit says.

Norton, who is the lead plaintiff, says he traveled from California to attend the event. Tickets were $20, but they cost hundreds of dollars on the resale market, the suit says.