Pokémon GO Fest Tickets Sold Out After Website Problems
By: Fedora Atjeh | 5/12/2018 01:17:00 AM
|Pokémon GO Fest Tickets Sold Out After Website Problems|
At 9:00 AM PST, tickets for the second annual Pokémon GO Fest went on sale. About half an hour later, they sold out. This game may not be quite as popular as it was in its heyday, but as moments like these show, it still has a sizeable and committed fanbase eager to travel to Chicago for unique catches. At least, that's the ideal situation: the website started having technical problems the moment tickets went live, indicating a strong presence of purchasing bots that are now moving their wares to resale sites like eBay. It's a familiar story for any in-demand item.
I started trying to buy tickets at exactly 9:00 AM PST and managed to get as far as the page that allowed me to select which entrance I was buying tickets for, and which entrance I wanted to use. That's all I ever saw, however: the page hung up on that screen for several minutes before locking out entirely. I tried in a different browser and my phone, but no luck. Plenty of other people on social media are reporting similar results with uncomfortable reminders of last year -- though last year I was at least able to buy a ticket.
Clearly, some people were able to buy tickets. After about half an hour of trying to get the page to load, Niantic announced that the event was sold out. The first tickets I saw make their way to eBay are going to for $369.00, a significant markup over the initial asking price of $20. Niantic tried to limit this sort of behavior by only allowing people to buy six tickets at a time, but bots are increasingly sophisticated and difficult to fool.
I still have faith that Pokémon GO Fest itself will at least be better than last years' -- not only is that a low bar, but several of the basic changes that Niantic is making should help alleviate last year's worst problems, particularly holding the event along a 1.8 mile track and over the course of two days. Still, these early technical issues don't feel great, and it's increasingly clear that a sizeable portion of the people walking around in Chicago that day might well have paid upwards of $200 for their $20 tickets.