Trainers who are attending the Pokemon Go Fest are reporting that Niantic is issuing refunds and people are starting to leave. We’re still determining if this is authentic, but according to players who are the fest, it’s happening. UPDATE: Now we know it is authentic. A Niantic representative came out on stage an announced the refunds:
Niantic is giving out refunds and $100 of Pokecoins due to the server issues for people who purchased a ticket. Niantic is doing this as an apology to trainers and the Festival is still going on, although server issues are still plaguing gameplay.
We’ll update this post as more information is available.