Niantic’s first Pokémon GO fest turned out to be a disaster. Pre-empting further embarrassment the company has postponed European Safari Zone events.
Struggling mobile networks, server outages, poor weather and 20,000 refunded tickets. Pokémon GO fest couldn’t have gone much worse, and it looks like Niantic, the company responsible for the game are running some damage limitation exercises.
Over at pokemongolive.com the company have issued the following announcement:
“In order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience for European Trainers, we have decided to postpone the events in Europe scheduled for August 5 (Copenhagen and Prague) and August 12 (Stockholm and Amsterdam) until a date later in the Fall.”
Given the negative experience by fans at the U.S. event in Chicago earlier this month it seems like Niantic are making sure that mobile networks and game servers will be able to handle the increased traffic during popular events where high demand is likely. They say:
“We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you understand that our priority is to ensure a great experience for Pokémon GO Trainers in Europe and around the world.”
Whilst four events are affected so far, the company seems confident that other European and worldwide events will continue as planned:
“No other scheduled events are affected including the event scheduled for Yokohama, Japan on August 14 and the events scheduled for September 16 in France, Spain, and Germany.”
And as gesture of goodwill, Pokémon GO fans could be in for a special treat:
“As a special surprise, we understand that some Pokémon that are rarely seen in Europe will be appearing soon in certain European cities for a brief time. Keep your eyes peeled!”
As a reminder, here are are the region specific Pokémon you’ll be on the lookout for.