Monday, July 24, 2017

Pokemon Go Fans Invade Grant Park and Sloop

Sounds like this past Saturday's Pokemon Go event in Grant Park didn't go so well (via Sun Times):
Grant Park was overrun Saturday with thousands of people who came out for Chicago’s Pokemon Go Fest, but technical glitches marred the proceedings, held to celebrate the popular game’s one-year anniversary.
“I know that some of you guys have had trouble getting logged on this morning, and I wanted to let you know that we’re working with the cell companies — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon — trying to get that worked out,” John Hanke, the chief executive officer of Niantic, Inc., which released Pokemon Go in July 2016, told the crowd at the lakefront park.
As a result it sounds like the neighborhood got influx of players:
Because of the problems, organizers allowed players to leave the park and still be able to find the rare Pokemon creatures that were supposed to be available only there. The boundaries were expanded to a two-mile radius that’s now supposed to be in effect through Monday morning. 
After that announcement, some left the park and could be seen wandering around the South Loop, gazing at their phones as they played the game.

Anyone notice this?

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