As you’ve already read on our site and others several times, Pokémon GO Fest was an absolute disaster. To the point where festival attendees are now suing Niantic and other organizers over how it was handled. In lieu of the events that transpired in Chicago last weekend, Niantic has decided to take some extra precautions moving forward and has pushed a few European Pokémon GO events back. The announcement was made this morning on their website.
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. 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.
The company also teased that “some Pokémon that are rarely seen in Europe will be appearing soon in certain European cities for a brief time.” Whether or not that’s going to make European players happy or pissed off is another issue altogether, but it looks like the company is making sure the next time they throw a public event, it actually goes off without a hitch.