Niantic’s first attempt at a live Pokémon GO festival, held in Chicago last July, wasn’t exactly a blockbuster success. A combination of network congestion and server issues saw many attendees unable to even login, let alone play the game.

Niantic issued refunds and in-game credit, while blaming carriers, but eventually accepted full responsibility and settled a lawsuit by agreeing to refund travel and accommodation costs.

Undeterred by this, the company plans to return to Chicago for another attempt as part of a new summer festival …

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