You may remember that the Pokémon Go Fest that happened last summer did not go so well. Well, on top of giving attendees refunds and bonus in-game currency to make up for the terrible event, developer Niantic is paying out over $1 million to disappointed visitors.
After getting hit with a class action lawsuit over the disastrous Pokémon Go Fest, Niantic is settling with attendees and shelling out $1.6 million to cover the costs of travel and lodging to make up for the event, TechCrunch reported Friday.
Players who went to the first-ever Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago last year expected to get into the event without a hitch and be able to play the game that everyone came to celebrate. Unfortunately, there were very long lines that stretched for blocks and attendees were having trouble connecting to Pokémon Go‘s servers, kind of ruining the whole point of the event.
Throughout the day, Niantic was trying to put out fires, but the whole thing was being live streamed and live Tweeted so the world was well-aware of how poorly the event was going.
To make up for it, Niantic offered attendees ticket refunds ($20) and in-game items (valued at $100), but many people traveled to Chicago specifically for the event, which meant they had added costs like airfare, hotels, and more. Niantic’s $1.6 million settlement will cover those costs.
A website for people to claim that they are a part of the settlement will go up in May, TechCrunch reported, and people may need to provide receipts to receive compensation for their expenses.