The Niantic Support twitter account is at it again. Earlier this week, Niantic’s twitter account (which acts as a sort of public customer service rep) on Twitter answered a question from trainer about how to request a new PokéStop near the player’s house.
The Twitter account replied that while they weren’t accepting PokéStop submissions right now, they were looking at ways to enable submissions in the future.
Thanks for your tweet! We’re not accepting PokéStop suggestions now, but are working on a way to enable submissions in the future. ^TR https://t.co/ZD3tC4SOnk
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) May 22, 2017
For what it’s worth, Niantic recently enabled a way for people to request and vet real world locations for “Portals” in their other game Ingress. Basically, high level Ingress players can suggest locations, which are then vetted by the larger community during set time periods. Niantic has used some of these new Ingress portals as locations for PokéStops and gyms in Pokémon GO, spurring many Pokémon GO players to pick up Ingress in the hopes of getting more PokéStops added to their area.
So, is the ability to request PokéStops coming to Pokémon GO? We’re sure it’s on Niantic’s “to do” list, but we’re guessing it’s not a high priority for them. After all, they already have a successful system in place to add locations via Ingress, and they probably don’t have the capacity to deal with all the requests that would likely flood in if they opened up PokéStop requests again.
This is the second time in a week that Niantic’s Twitter account has made news for a pretty innocuous tweet. Last week, the account made headlines for acknowledging that fans wanted the ability to change a Pokemon’s moves, which similarly got blown out of proportion.