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Niantic Has Explained The Technical Problems That Occurred At Pokemon GO Fest

Sadly, Pokemon GO Fest’s positive moments ended up being overshadowed by the event’s technical problems. In fact, it has overshadowed it so much that the Pokemon GO Fest update that Niantic made on their official blog dedicated multiple paragraphs to them. They explained in more detail just what went wrong with the game. Here’s what they had to say:

“What happened? Technical issues with our game software caused client crashes and interfered with gameplay for some users. The gameplay issue was resolved with a server configuration change and the crashes were also addressed for many but not all users. A more protracted problem was caused by oversaturation of the mobile data networks of some network providers. This caused many attendees to be unable to access Pokémon GO or other Internet services. Network congestion also led to a login issue which affected some users able to access the Internet. This latency-related login issue was addressed with a second Niantic configuration change.

On the pure network access issue, we provided detailed estimates on attendance and required data throughput per user to our event partner who worked with the major carriers to allow them to plan for adequate coverage. Some carriers deployed Cellular on Wheels (COWs) to extend their capacity. In other cases the providers deemed them unnecessary based on other infrastructure already in place at the site. Users reported different levels of success with these providers. WiFi was enabled by one provider as a solution which helped some users but not all. Sprint was onsite as an official partner, deployed a COW, and their network was busy but held up well. Although many players were able to play normally for the majority of the day, many were not, and based on that we made a number of adjustments to the event plan.”


7 thoughts on “Niantic Has Explained The Technical Problems That Occurred At Pokemon GO Fest”

  1. so next event they should notify cellular networks that they will be having an event and to expect high traffic that way they can do something to prevent another disaster.

  2. Fire Emblem Elitist

    What ‘s wrong is you idiots made a game only over 30+ users play to abandon there kids or almost get shot playnig that APP not a game an APP! It would be better if they nuked it and stopped the bullshit from continuing.

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