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Niantic will try throwing three Pokémon Go events in Germany, Chicago, and Japan

Niantic will try to wash away the painful memories of Pokémon Go Fest 2017 with three new events in Chicago, Germany, and Japan this summer.

Published onMay 7, 2018

Pokémon Go Fest
  • Niantic will throw three Pokémon Go events this summer in Chicago, Germany, and Japan.
  • Last year, Niantic brought Pokémon Go Fest 2017 to Chicago, and it was an unbridled disaster.
  • It looks like the company is ready to help people forget about Pokémon Go Fest 2017 with these new, hopefully successful, events.

Niantic, the company that created the mobile game sensation Pokémon Go, just announced three new Pokémon Go events to happen around the globe this summer. The Pokémon Go Summer Tour 2018 will hit Dortmund, Germany; Chicago, United States; and Yokosuka, Japan.

Last year, Niantic held a Pokémon Go event in Chicago called Pokémon Go Fest 2017. The event was a disaster, to put it mildly, with players arriving to find that the Chicago servers couldn’t handle the massive workload the event created. The result was 20,000 Pokémon Go fans standing around Grant Park unable to play the game they had come to play.

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Niantic tried to make amends by refunding ticket costs, adding $100 in PokéCoins to visitor’s accounts, and giving away rare Pokémon. However, that didn’t stop visitors suing Niantic. The company settled that lawsuit to the tune of $1.5 million.

Since the Grant Park incident, Niantic has held other Pokémon Go events in Japan, Korea, and Europe that were, according to the company, successful and “record-setting.”

With these three new events, it appears Niantic is ready to wash away the painful memories of that Grant Park festival. Hopefully, this time it is prepared for the turnout.

Here are the events Niantic has planned:

  • Germany: Pokémon Go Safari Zone in Dortmund’s Westfalenpark will happen on June 30 and July 1. Pricing for the event has yet to be disclosed.
  • United States: Pokémon Go Fest 2018 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park will happen on July 14 and July 15. Tickets are $20 and go on sale on May 11.
  • Japan: Pokémon Go Safari Zone in Yokosuka will take place “later in the summer.” Other details are still pending.

You can follow the development of each event by visiting

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