Pokemon Go Kanto make up event in the works after ticketed event left players in for free

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Pokemon Go will hold a bonus event after the recent Kanto Tour event accidentally let players in without a ticket.

The pledge of a bonus event for Pokemon Go players comes from the Niantic Support Twitter account over the past weekend (via Eurogamer (opens in new tab)). The Kanto Tour event, which took place in Pokemon Go on February 20, appeared to accidentally allow players in who hadn't paid in real-world money to get access to the event. After investigating initial reports of players accidentally getting access without having paid for a ticket, Niantic was quick to announce a follow-up event for all players.

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This upcoming event will be for all "paid ticket holders," however, as per the announcement from the tweet just above. Right now, we don't know when this forthcoming event is slated to take place, but it would appear that Niantic basically wants another crack at holding a ticketed event exclusively for those who are willing to shell out.

If you're unaware, the Kanto Tour event in Pokemon Go was a pretty big deal. At the beginning of the event, players were offered the choice of a Red or Green ticket for the event, each of which would grant exclusive Pokemon to players in either team. For example, Red Ticket players would be able to catch Ekans, Nidoran, and Oddish, while Green Ticket players would be offered Sandshrew, Psyduck, Meowth, and more.

On top of this, the Kanto Tour event also saw the return of some of the original 150 Pokemon in Shiny variants. The likes of Shiny Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and others appeared during the event, and even a Shiny Mew was available as an incredibly elusive reward for some players. There's no doubt it was a huge event for Pokemon Go players, so Niantic understandably wants another shot at it.

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.