Several reports across the nation are being posted online that the Worldwide Bloom event for Pokémon Go is a bust. The event, which was scheduled to run from May 5th-8th, was focused on giving players more grass-type Pokémon like Bulbasaur, Oddish, Gloom and others.
But reports started making the rounds (including from Forbes and Gamerant) throughout the weekend that the event not only failed in certain areas, but apparently the entire global map is broken and served up very few creatures that fit the type.
Some of the effects of the event are still in play, such as increased lure time, but to say players are disappointed is an understatement. Niantic is in a very peculiar spot come Monday. No matter what, they'll need to explain to users why the event didn't work in springing up more grass-types, but then how do you appease fans who were looking forward to the event? Drop them a free grass-type as compensation? That probably won't make hardcore players happy. And what if they don't address it at all?
Could this be the event that starts turning people off from the game? Probably not; people still play in droves even with current flaws, but we can't imagine anyone playing would still be happy after being disappointed this weekend.