Pokemon GO developer Niantic begins taking new requests for PokeStops and Gyms for the mobile title, allowing players to try and open up more vital locations in their area.
Those playing Pokemon GO have already discovered that visiting PokeStops is a hugely important part of the game. However, some users in rural areas may be left feeling a little envious of their urban friends, as these item depositories may be few and far between. Thankfully, it looks as though Niantic is already hoping to build a more balanced roster of both PokeStops and Gyms, as the developer is taking requests for new locations for both.
Making the request, however, does require a little by way of information being sent to Niantic. Any Pokemon GO fans hoping to get themselves a closer PokeStop or Gym can head over to the Pokemon GO website and submit a request form. Players can input the address and the latitude/longitude of the location required, being sure to write in some additional notes and choosing the appropriate reason from the drop-down menu.
This form can also be used to try and let Niantic know about PokeStops and Gyms that may feel a little out of place. Those discovering a Pokemon GO location on their private property, or a player who finds one in a dangerous place, can use the form to try and get the PokeStop amended. Given the number of strange PokeStops in Pokemon GO that have already been discovered, this could be extremely handy.
The ability to request Gyms and PokeStops will hopefully negate some of the frustration that some fans have felt about a lack of opportunities nearby. Some gamers have already gone to extreme measures to visit PokeStops by hiring drivers, so having PokeStops a little closer to home could certainly save some tired feet and additional expense for users.
Of course, some of the joy found playing Pokemon GO is the ability to head out and find Pokemon in strange locations. As one example, a team of gamers visited Area 51, finding a number of Pokemon and even some empty Gyms. Although extraterrestrials were not on the agenda that day, at least the players were still able to see some pocket monsters.
However, many are still worried about the dangers of Pokemon GO, particularly given the reports of criminal activity taking place. With Niantic allowing users to make the developer aware of potential dangerous places for PokeStops and Gyms, and perhaps even suggest safer alternatives in the process, it looks likely that Pokemon GO could become a better experience for everyone.
Pokemon GO is out now in select areas for Android and iOS devices.
Source: Pokemon GO