After few months of making headlines for all the wrong reasons — everything from fans declaring legal action after massive network outages and subsequent glitches throwing off the balance of the game — Pokemon GO is back on the upswing. The monster-catching mobile title recently held a Safari Zone event in Sweden, at which players could scoop up Pokemon GO creatures not normally found in the region. And thankfully, the gathering was a success.
Following the failure Niantic faced during and after the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, which saw thousands of fans get hit with connectivity issues that prevented them from taking part in the core activity of catching new Pokemon, the company delayed Safari Zone events it had planned for late September and early-mid October in a number of European locations. The decision was made in order to prevent what happened in Chicago from happening again.
The final event was re-scheduled to take place at the Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, October 14 (today, at the time of writing.) When players showed up at the gathering, they were greeted with dozens of PokeStops packed into an easily walkable distance, offering them a chance to pick up plenty of Pokeballs and special Eggs to aid in capturing Pokemon like Chansey, Kangaskhan, Larvitar, shiny versions of both Magikarp and Pikachu, and many more.
Those who attended the event took to Reddit to discuss their experience, with one stating that there was a “huge line” to enter the mall around 10 a.m. local time. Others from around the world commented that if they encountered that many PokeStops in such a small space, their “game would crash” or their phone would “overheat so fast.” Some North American Pokemon GO fans even took aim at American cell companies Verizon and Sprint, writing that the networks wouldn’t be able to handle such a high volume of traffic.
On an even better note, it seems that the event had some fringe benefits, as it was also a hit for those who weren’t able to reserve a ticket to participate at the Mall of Scandinavia. Spawn points popped up all over the city of Stockholm, and were full of first and second generation starters, Miltanks, Magikarps, and Pikachus, as well as a few Unowns, Kangaskhans, Chanseys, and Larvitars.
It may not have been fun for fans to hear when Niantic pushed back the Safari Zone events, but it seems a necessary evil, as the gathering wound up providing exactly what it promised. And with so much of Pokemon GO‘s recent headlines featuring words like “glitch,” “bugs,” and “nerfed,” this news is a welcome change of pace.
Pokemon GO is out now for Android and iOS devices.