While Niantic continues its campaign to improve Pokemon GO with updates, such as the latest raid reward buff that offers successful players a variety of different healing accessories alongside the usual list of items, the company seems intent to continue expanding into the domain of live events. As it so happens, it has now been confirmed by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that Akron, Ohio will be another host to a live event for the game starting on August 26, 2017 and ending on August 27, 2017.
According to the announcement, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation decided to partner up with Niantic for this Pokemon GO event in order to cater to the University of Akron’s freshmen during their orientation period. The underlying purpose of the event is to help new students form “lasting connections” with the city, and to surely serve as a starting point for students to make friends just before classes begin.
During the forthcoming Pokemon GO event, downtown Akron will have an increased number of temporary PokeStops, with some aligning to a map of local retailers and other downtown destinations. There will be a particularly dense collection of stops connecting the University of Akron’s campus to downtown attractions, which is a means to encourage players to experience the city’s walkability and other offerings. Not to mention, plenty more activities will also be available, such as live music, drawing sessions, vendor areas, walking tours, photo opportunities, and even a social media scavenger hunt, as Niantic’s senior director of business development, Vikram Grover, describes “discovery” as being the key element of the event.
“Discovery and adventures on foot are at the core of Niantic’s mission in all of our games. The Knight Foundation, University of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership have helped to curate a Pokemon GO experience in Akron that will give attendees an opportunity to explore the city like never before with fellow students and local residents.”
Naturally, many will consider this to be a great opportunity for Pokemon GO players who live in Ohio to get out and enjoy the game, but they shouldn’t expect the event to feature any exclusive Pokemon or special surprises. Even so, the Akron event will be held on the last weekend that the game’s Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia will be available, so there will at least be plenty of people around to raid during the two day experience.
Pokemon GO is available now for Android and iOS.
Source: Downtown Akron