Pokemon Go Community Revolts Against Niantic Reverting COVID-19 Changes
A portion of the Pokemon Go Community has launched a Pokemon NO day due to Niantic ignoring the community’s concerns. The community has even written a letter/petition where both the “Community and Creators alike wish to voice our concern and disappointment over recent changes to the Pokestop interaction radius reduction to Pokemon Go.” Originally the radius was increased due to the pandemic, but recently they were changed back to normal for the United States and New Zealand.
What’s Pokemon NO day about?
The petition wants players to not have to cross dangerous roads to interact with a point of interest. They also want it to be unnecessary to trespass on private property to interact with a point of interest. The community also wants to be able to play via sheltered areas such as under trees, awnings, or shelters to avoid bad weather.
This also goes for personal safety such as environmental hazards and dangerous locations. This also goes for those who have disabilities, as the changes revert these trainers from being able to play the game. The radius changes that were put in place due to COVID-19 should stay, at least according to those that are in agreeance with Pokemon NO day.
Is the boycott even effective?
At the moment it seems possible. Still, Pokemon Go is a goliath and has tens of thousands of players each day around the world and makes billions of dollars in revenue each year, with last year the first time the game went over $1 billion at $1.23 billion. So with such a huge and monumental game, you’d need a big reaction from the Pokemon GO community to see any likely changes. There’s a decent amount of traction on Twitter and Reddit.
There’s tens of thousands of likes through various Pokemon Go creators on Twitter and it just got stickied on the main Pokemon Go subreddit, so we’ll have to see if Niantic bows to community pressure.
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