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Pokémon Go Fest 2020 announced, will be playable from home

Mobile game’s annual gathering will take place virtually

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Artwork for Pokemon Go Fest 2020 featuring Pikachu, Oddish, Cherrim, and Jigglypuff Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Go Fest, the annual fan gathering for Pokémon Go players, is on for 2020. This year’s event will take place entirely online and will be playable from home, developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company announced Wednesday.

Pokémon Go Fest 2020 will take place on July 25 and 26, and is described as “an all-new, completely reimagined global event in a virtual format.” Traditionally, Pokémon Go Fest has been held at physical locations, primarily in Chicago, but in 2019 Niantic expanded the festival to Yokohama, Japan and Dortmund, Germany. More than 600,000 players attended the three Pokémon Go Fest events last year.

This year’s version of the event will be a two-day experience, and players will be able to virtually attend both days. Unlike previous years, where tickets to Pokémon Go Fest were limited, Niantic says it’s “taking steps to make tickets available to as many Trainers as possible.”

Pricing and event details were not announced. Niantic did tease “bonuses, Pokémon encounters, and Special Research,” as well as “exciting ways to connect with other Trainers and experience other fun surprises throughout the entire summer.” Additional information on Pokémon Go Fest 2020 is promised in the coming weeks.

Pokémon Go Plus

The Pokémon Go Plus is a small Bluetooth device that lets you enjoy Pokémon Go while you’re on the move and not looking at your smartphone. The device notifies you about events in the game, such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby using an LED and vibration.

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