Pokémon GO Fest Sparks First Anniversary Celebrations


With summer now here, Niantic and The Pokémon Company International has announced plans to unleash in-game and real-world activities to celebrate Pokémon GO‘s first anniversary.

The Pokémon GO Fest will be the star attraction, becoming the first official dedicated real-world event for the location-based game.

This will take place at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, promising a fun-filled day that will give Trainers to chance to meet other players and engage in activities. Tickets will go on sale starting Monday 19th June at 10am PDT, on the Pokémon GO website.

Those in Europe can look forward to celebrations hosted across the continent from June to September, thanks to a partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centres. Whereas those unable to make it to Chicago will be able to take part in several cities across North America as part of Niantic’s continued partnership with the Knight Foundation on the Open Streets program.

Meanwhile, in Japan, The Pokémon Company is organising a Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama this August.

“It’s been an incredible first year for Pokémon GO thanks to the passion and dedication from the global Trainer community,” enthused Niantic CEO John Hanke.

“As part of the first anniversary, we’ll be giving players around the world the chance to enjoy fun in-game events, engage with friends and other Trainers at real-world events, and much more.”

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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