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Niantic settles class action lawsuit following last year’s disastrous Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago

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Affected users have to have checked into the game and might need to provide receipts

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Last summer, Niantic Labs celebrated the first year of Pokémon Go with an in-person event in Chicago, with others to follow in Europe. It didn’t go well: spotty cell signals and overwhelmed servers turned the event into a disaster, and two dozen attendees launched a class action lawsuit to try and recoup travel expenses. TechCrunch is reporting that Niantic has reached a settlement, to the tune of $1.5 million.

The company will end up paying $1,575,000 for attendees’ flights, hotel rooms, car rentals, parking fees, mileage, and tolls. The company will put up a website by May 25th for individuals affected by the problems, and it will notify users via email.

To qualify for the settlement, users have to have checked into the festival in the game, and anyone who has expenses that total more than $107 will need to provide receipts.