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Pokemon GO Kanto Event 'Technical Issue' Prompts Bonus Event

A technical issue regarding Kanto Tour tickets has prompted Niantic Labs to release an additional bonus event for ticket holders.
A technical issue regarding Kanto Tour tickets has prompted Niantic Labs to release an additional bonus event for ticket holders. | Niantic Labs

A technical issue regarding Kanto Tour tickets has prompted Niantic Labs to release an additional bonus event for ticket holders.

Niantic Labs took to Twitter on Tuesday, Mar. 2 to announce a bonus event for Kanto Tour ticket holders following what they've identified as a "technical issue." According to the update published in tandem on their official Pokemon GO news blog, the company decided to go forward with the event "to help Trainers who purchased a ticket feel like they are receiving its value."

Pokemon GO Kanto Event Glitch Prompts Bonus Event

The "issue" arose during Niantic's Kanto Tour event last month, Feb. 20, where several trainers discovered they were able to access the paid-exclusive programming without having purchased a ticket. This sparked outrage from ticket holders who allegedly felt as though they were getting ripped off.

According to their update blog post, Niantic is gifting Kanto Tour ticket holders a box of several items and 100 Mew candies, as well as "event-exclusive Timed Research"—though they neglected to mention the specifics of those tasks.

Despite Niantic's attempts to make amends, however, some trainers seemed disappointed with the proposed event. Many stated they had no use for items and would be much happier with increased Kanto spawns and raids akin to the make-up day implemented following last year's Pokemon GOFest.

"How about providing us with the increased shiny spawns we all PAID for?! You were able to do a makeup event for GOFest. But NOW you can't do it, because of your own company's negligence?" Twitter user KiMm_BuRr replied to the announcement tweet.

"I don't need them or any items. Give me spawns & high rates," user WillRockNetwork wrote to which VulpesLeo agreed, "I buy items often. I cannot however buy spawns or increased shiny rates. For most of us those were the perks of buying the ticket."

The bonus event will take place on Friday, Mar. 5 at 10 a.m. and will carry through to Monday, Apr. 5 at the same hour, local time.