Pokemon Go reneges on rewards after Russian players achieve company’s goal


As readers may notice in Pokemon Go coverage, we often ask PR for clarity on various announcements. While we can all appreciate not wanting too many spoilers, many requests are for news clarification and contest rules that could affect the community in ways Niantic has not yet announced. clear.

However, a recent Russian promotion to add more points of interest to the game Niantic is one of the areas that many have missed. This is not the first time Niantic has organized this type of event, as The India region has previously hosted a similar event. One addition, however, is that the company has allowed people to modify their “home” or “bonus points” location to contribute to the target area for those living abroad. While the company sets goals, many players find their efforts do not bring rewards. While the company looks into this matter, players are informed that there is an additional rule not notified and the company will Not honoring the original set of rules, which may have legal ramifications at least in the UK.

Original promotional post giving players until June 16 to review submitted favorites Niantic’s Wayfarer Website, which is used to support game makers in the gaming world (this can create legal problems for the company and/or users). As you can see, while the goal is to get more Wayspots accepted, nowhere is it said participants need to accept the Wayspot they contribute. It is a collective effort, like many of the targets advertised in Pokemon Go and Intrusion.


However, NianticGiffard finally clarified this rule – Five-day after event has ended.

Dates are marked for emphasis

This effectively left unwitting participants no time to correct the error. Although I have personally seen the promotion, I have not passed it on to readers as it is aimed at Russian players, as Niantic clearly states that it allows players to change their home/bonus locations if they is “native but living abroad”. When fans of certain groups are promoting non-Russian participation, it seems best to remove this ad, but readers have reached out to us with complaints about Niantic’s reward extension. Niantic at this point already close topic, which contained the player’s personal proof of participation outside of Giffard’s noting that while he was personally disappointed in the results, he could not “promise to add additional rewards” to those who did. who the company has spent.

Also, the sudden request that points of interest be accepted during the campaign individual Rewards are unique to this event. NS Indian Campaign Rewards All Players, except people outside the country small reward recipients and we could find no complaints about them not receiving the reward. Poland had a similar campaign, but complaints doesn’t make many waves, maybe because there are also public reward (which doesn’t seem to limit participants).

When the event in Russia awarded a private reward, not receiving said reward was prominent, just as Niantic did not honor it. While we have asked PR for comments from the company, we have yet to receive anything as of this writing.

It should be noted that according to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), “Advertisers may not change terms and conditions piecemeal through promotions or create and enforce terms and conditions retroactively.” When this change comes after advertising, it really seems to be out of the comfort zone, especially when Niantic offers digital rewards will be outside Usual rules for handling unexpected events.

Thanks to Vishal and Steff for the tips!

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