Players enraged over troubles during Vegas Pokémon Go Tour
Players who took part in Pokemon Go Tour: Las Vegas experienced trouble logging in and staying connected while participating in the in-person event.
Developer Niantic issued an apology and extra time to play to individuals affected by connectivity troubles on the first day of the event. However, a subsequent post on social media appeared to attribute the connectivity problems to players who did not purchase event tickets.
Niantic explained that an extra “17,000 Trainers without tickets joined us at the park,” causing intermittent connectivity throughout the day.
Furthermore, Niantic requested that Trainers who did not have a Pokémon GO Tour ticket refrain from joining them at the park to ensure a seamless event for “Sunday ticket holders and Trainers with the Sunday Extra Day Add-On.”
Many players were upset with Niantic’s tweets and vented their frustrations to the game developer.
Redditor u/air_flair commented, “I thought you were joking….nope, they really posted that, they’re blaming the players who didn’t buy tickets for their games issues.”
Saturday’s Pokémon GO Tour update
Although it is unlikely that anyone affected will be refunded, Niantic did provide a little apology gift in their recent blog updates.
All Saturday ticket holders and those who had bought the Saturday Additional Day Add-On for the Pokémon GO Tour were given extended experience for three hours on Feb. 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST. These extended hours provided more opportunities to participate in Primal Raids and run across wild Pokémon.
To show their appreciation for the players’ patience, the developer also decided to provide a free package in the in-game store until Feb. 19, 2023, at 10:00 p.m. PST. This package included three Premium Raid Passes and three Remote Raid Passes.
Pokémon Go event of 2023
Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn is the first major Pokémon GO event of 2023. This event marked the debut of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.
A smaller connecting event called Primal Rumblings is held on Feb. 22 to 24 to keep things rolling in the build-up to the second weekend of Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn, running from Feb. 25 to 26.
Also, some Special Research related to the larger events is currently available, granting players access to bonus features inspired by Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
As with most of these large-scale Pokémon Go events, players will encounter rotating habitats that change the frequency of wild Pokémon spawns every hour. In addition, there are two Primal Surge habitats that are connected to the Ruby vs. Sapphire Challenge.
There is no predetermined timetable for the habitat rotations. The four Hoenn Tour habitats that players could visit are the Blistering Sands, Eerie Mists, Verdant Earth and Ancient Shores.
In addition, to those four standard habitats, Niantic also features Primal Surge habitats, such as Primal Surge: Groudon and Primal Surge: Kyogre.
All Trainers can gain access to benefits if their team is the one that completes the most Field Research assignments during a Ruby vs. Sapphire Challenge hour, such as an increase in wild Pokémon and Primal Raids.