For the most part, Pokémon GO Fest 2018 ran without any issues – thanks to stable connections and a plethora of things for fans to do. The following excerpts from Pokémon GO Fest 2018 participant Allegra Frank of Polygon:
“It’s fair to call 2017’s Pokémon Go Fest a total failure. The inaugural,outdoor event was plagued by connection errors, bad weather, angry fans, and a whole lot of nothing — and it was all streamed live around the world.
“It was a learning experience for developer Niantic, clearly. This year’s Pokémon Go Fest showed that the developer has not only done major work to improve the game over the last year, but it’s learned a lot about how to put on an event, too. Pokémon Go Fest 2018 wasn’t without its own faults, but it was a heck of a lot more fun than any of us survivors from last year expected.”
Attendees also received a cool map featuring different habitats and locations, which you can check out in the image above. “Everyone got a map on their way into Lincoln Park of the trail. Focusing on playing the game on your own felt like a natural Pokémon experience. Sprawling Lincoln Park was a good setting for doing things on our own, and Niantic set up specific meetup points throughout the path. There were four type-based areas with surprisingly great designs, each one loaded with specific Pokémon.
“Still, I often felt like I was among just a handful of other players working on their own quests. There were no crowds this year to overwhelm us; no shouting packs of players running to catch some rare Pokémon in the distance. Niantic dubbed this event “A Walk Through the Park,” and that’s what it was — walks are often solitary. There were still 21,000 people who came through over the two-day event, according to the developer, and it was easy to run into other players all throughout Chicago. (Niantic also said 180,000 logged in while playing in the city during the Go Fest weekend. There’s no available numbers for 2017’s event.)”