Niantic Labs hasn't given up on public events for Pokemon Go. The event in Chicago was pretty much a huge disaster from the outset for a number of reasons, but the recent event that took place at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan actually went much better than expected.
The event included traveling around Yokohama, capturing Pikachus and attempting to capture the rare, Legendary Pokemon, Mewtwo. Fans managed to capture more than 120 million Pokemon during the event, including up to 15 million Pikachus.
According to the post, hundreds of thousands of gamers showed up to play Pokemon Go during the real-life event that took place on August 14th.
Niantic managed to cap off the event with a huge opportunity to capture the Mewtwo with friends or random groups of people in a large-scale, epic Raid Battle.
Some of the more popular YouTubers covering Pokemon Go were actually on-hand, live and in-person to participate in the event, and it was described as being full of "hype." There were even some tutorials on how to capture a Mewtwo while in a pick-up group, utilizing specific Pokemon and tactics while working together with lots of others in an attempt to capture the Legendary Pokemon.
Niantic even made it where there was a 100% capture rate for Mewtwo, ensuring that, unlike during the Chicago event, everyone would walk away with a Pokemon.
The thing is, it was practically the complete opposite of the Chicago event from last month, where things did not go well at all. People traveled in from all over the world in an attempt to capture a Legendary Pokemon and participate in the park event. However, the servers crashed, people couldn't log in, and the event turned out to be a bust.
Some gamers were so angry about the turnout that they even decided to sue Niantic Labs for travel expenses and damages. Niantic tried to assuage some of the anger by offering free Legendary Pokemon to everyone who attended and $100 in free cash shop credit. However, it wasn't enough to subdue to the anger that boiled up from gamers who felt slighted by the event not turning out the way it was advertised.
Following the Chicago incident, Niantic decided to cancel some of the more recent Pokemon Go Safari Zone activities, but made sure that the Yokohama event went off without a hitch. The Safari Zone events have been postponed leading into the fall, where Niantic teamed up with Unibail-Rodamco, to help hold the events across specific locations in Europe.
If the European events go over as well as the Japanese event this past week, then Niantic may be able to get the real-life Pokemon Go events back on track and pumping excitement through the veins of the community.