Niantic has announced a surprise event to celebrate not only the start of Summer but also the games first anniversary since Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International launched the game last year.
To mark the occasion the team will be unleashing “a variety of in-game and real-world activities to celebrate Pokémon GO’s first anniversary”.
Downloaded more than 750 million times in its first year, Pokémon GO will be bringing trainers together in new and unique ways this summer through a variety of in-game and live events including Pokémon GO Fest, the first live Pokémon GO event organized by Niantic.
“It’s been an incredible first year for Pokémon GO thanks to the passion and dedication from the global Trainer community,” said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, Inc. 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.”
Pokémon GO Fest is the first official dedicated real-world event for Pokémon GO and will be hosted in Chicago on July 22. Trainers from around the world will flock to Chicago’s Grant Park for a Pokémon GO celebration. The fun-filled day of Pokémon GO in the park will give Trainers the chance to meet fellow players and engage in a variety of activities.
Tickets for Pokémon GO Fest will go on sale beginning June 19 at 10:00 A.M. PDT on PokemonGoLive.com/Fest
In Europe, Trainers can look forward to Pokémon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.
Niantic also confirmed that the leaked Fire and Ice event will also be coming next week.