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More official Pokémon Go events delayed following disastrous Fest

August’s Safari Zones were postponed

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Mr. Mime, one of the rare Pokémon you can only get in Europe.
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A handful of Pokémon Go events scheduled to run across Europe this month have been postponed, Niantic announced this weekend. The developer said that it’s pushing Europe’s planned official Safari Zone events into the fall — likely in light of the problems that marred Pokémon Go Fest earlier this month.

“In order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience for European Trainers, we have decided to postpone the events in Europe scheduled for August 5 (Copenhagen and Prague) and August 12 (Stockholm and Amsterdam) until a date later in the Fall,” the developer wrote on its blog. Meanwhile, an event planned for Japan in mid-August is still on schedule, as are Safari Zone events in France, Spain and Germany this September.

European trainers who wanted to catch rare Pokémon during the events will still have a chance to do so, however. Niantic will unleash some special monsters across certain cities “for a brief time” later this month.

Although the developer was careful not to mention it in the post, Pokémon Go Fest’s poor reception could have played a part in the decision to reschedule. The outdoor event in Chicago hit several snags as connection issues and bugs kept the thousands of attendees from actually playing the game. Some visitors were so annoyed by the problems that they filed suit against Niantic; a class-action lawsuit is currently pending in Illinois circuit court.