Niantic settles Pokémon Go Fest lawsuit for $1.58m

The class-action lawsuit against Pokémon Go developer Niantic has reached a settlement as the company has agreed to pay $1.58m (£1.12m), TechCrunch reports.

The lawsuit followed the Pokémon Go Fest disaster last summer, with most attendees unable to play the mobile hit for most of the day due to network problems. A group of attendees then filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, seeking travel reimbursement in addition to the refund of the event’s tickets and $100 in in-game currency Niantic was already providing.

The $1.58m settlement will now allow the Pokémon Go Fest attendees to ask for travel reimbursement, though only people who registered for the event through the app will receive the compensation.

Attendees will either receive a notification or an email to inform them of the steps to follow to claim their reimbursement. The website to claim compensations will be live on May 25th and attendees claiming more than $107 will have to provide receipts.

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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