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Niantic lures 180,000 Pokemon trainers to Chicago with Pokemon Go Fest

Niantic lures 180,000 Pokemon trainers to Chicago with Pokemon Go Fest

Niantic’s Pokemon Go Fest saw over 180,000 players take to Chicago last weekend.

21,000 players took part in the festival in the cities Lincoln Park with the rest participating in the surrounding area.

Attendees were put to task in Professor Willow’s Global Challenge, with research tasks leading to a legendary Pokemon called Celebi.

According to Niantic, event goers walked an average of more than six kilometres while completing an average of 36 research tasks and catching an average of 350 Pokémon.

I will travel across the land, searching far and wide

Niantic’s Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago was the second leg of a summer tour of events.

The first stop was called Pokemon Go Safari Zone which brought in over 170,000 players to Dortmund, Germany at the start of July.

The final leg will also be a Safari Zone and will be held in Yokosuka, Japan at an unspecified date later this summer.

Pokemon Go has been enjoying some fine form as of late. According to SuperData’s worldwide mobile charts for May 2018, the augmented reality game racked up $104 million in revenues for the month.

The surge in revenues was helped by the player base increasing to its highest level since the game’s peak in 2016.


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Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.

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