Niantic Announces Special Events to Celebrate Pokémon GO’s First Anniversary

Maybe Pokemon GO’s hype died down throughout this year, but Niantic announced two events to celebrate the game’s first-year anniversary.

The first is an in-game event, kicking off on June 13, and grants players significant XP boosts for throwing Poke Balls accurately at Pokemon and discounted Lucky Eggs in the game’s online store. The developer also teased Pokemon GO’s upcoming update, which should include “collaborative group gameplay features.”

To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop. Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.

The second event is described as the “first ever real-world Pokémon GO event,” taking place in downtown Chicago on July 22.

We’re also excited to announce our first ever real-world Pokémon GO event coming your way: Pokémon GO Fest Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017. Join us as we celebrate the Pokémon GO community with a ton of exciting festivities.

Do you plan on going to Chicago to attend the festival?