Trainers,

we’ve received a number of reader requests to write a short summary of the GO Fest so far, mostly targeted for players who are unable to watch the live stream.

This is what we’ve got so far, but be aware that the live stream is constantly going up and down and our “boots on the ground” haven’t made it through the waiting line yet. This report uses a number of quotes from this reddit thread.

We’re attaching a number of tweets, clips and images for your viewing pleasure.

GO Fest Event Summary (from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM CDT)

Right of the bat, the waiting line to enter is huge, spanning dozens of “waiting twists” and with more than 2000 people waiting to enter. Here’s a short clip:

The app connectivity is severely limited, with lag spikes and frequent disconnects for the ones who are inside the event area. One Trainer shared the following:

Checking in from the festival here. Been keeping a running count of how many Pokémon people have caught since they’ve been here for four hours. Highest is around 15. I’ve caught four.

The live stream was delayed for roughly an hour. Once it went live the technical difficulties have made it difficult to watch.

John Hanke got up on the stage and was promptly “booed” by the crowd, only to be “cheered” again when he shared that they’re working on the connectivity issues:

The first challenge window happened in time and the stream displayed the following “cumulative results graphic”:

After the first challenge, there were a number of other technical issues, which prompted a Niantic representative to share “three technical issues” that they’re working:

The second event challenge happened, no confirmed info to share, as the connectivity and stream issues made it hard to figure out the results. This is the temporary picture, although it looks… weird:

Finally, Niantic tweeted that they’re working on the technical issues: