With the coronavirus epidemic in full swing, Pokémon GO developer Niantic has made a huge decision regarding Pokemon GO Fest 2020. Instead of canceling the event altogether, Niantic has decided to host it online.

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Are you going to Pokémon GO Fest this year?
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Every summer since 2017, Niantic has hosted the Pokémon Go Fest in select cities around the world. Tickets are usually very limited, and attendees are usually only allowed to go to one day of the event.

Pokémon GO Fest 2020 is…online?

Thanks to the coronavirus, however, Niantic has decided to host an online event with more “bonuses, Pokémon encounters, and Special Research”. Another major change to the event is that attendees will now be able to attend both days of the event. Niantic has expressed their desire to make this event as inclusive and Trainer-friendly as possible!

The event will take place on July 25th and 26th. Although their website doesn’t have very many details for Pokemon GO Fest fans, more news is to come in the following weeks.

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What sort of events would you like to see from Pokémon GO Fest 2020?
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Niantic promises to increase ways Trainers can interact with one another, despite the event being held virtually. The general tone of Niantic’s posts seems to be hopeful, with the director, Michael Steranka, excited to share the updates of what the event will look like in the coming days. The team has spent a long time completely re-building the event from the ground up, so fans can expect an entirely fresh experience. “We’ve come up with novel ways for the community to connect and team up together”, Steranka says. “This year’s Pokémon GO Fest is designed from the ground up to connect Trainers like never before.”

What sort of events do you want to see from Pokémon GO Fest 2020? I’m excited to see the completely redesigned event! Although it’s sad that people won’t be able to connect in the same physical place, this event might surpass the old Pokémon GO Fest format in popularity! Let me know what you think about this news. Are you excited, sad, or indifferent? Do you plan on going to Pokémon GO Fest 2020? Tell me about it in the comments!