Niantic is paying $1,575,000 back to gamers.
Niantic, the developer who created the worldwide hit mobile game Pokemon GO, recently settled a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit that was brought forth by fans of the game. Last year, Niantic held a large Pokemon GO festival in Chicago that turned in to a disaster. The servers were not prepared for the turnout, and the game continuously crashed. Gamers who had traveled across the country, or across the world, to attend the festival filed a class action lawsuit demanding Niantic refund them for their travel costs and tickets. Those outraged gamers received a notification on Friday with an update on how they can get their money back.
For anyone who had a valid ticket to the event, a form must be filled out before July 24 to receive a share of the settlement. For attendees who want to opt out of the settlement to pursue their own lawsuit against Niantic, they have until July 9 to do so. The final approval hearing will be held on September 6. Any money that remains after all claims have been settled will be split between the Illinois Bar Foundation and the non-profit organization Chicago Run. If the opposite occurs, and there aren't enough funds to settle all claims, then payments to each attendee "may be adjusted downward on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of Claim Forms received and documentation and substantiation provided."