Last year, Niantic hosted a day-long Pokémon Go festival in Chicago with 20,000 diehard fans of the smash hit mobile game. Unfortunately, it was a disaster, with both the local data networks, and the game’s servers, unable to cope with that many players at once. It recovered from that initially bumpy (and expensive) start to host events in Japan, Korea and Europe, and now it’s hoping to maintain that streak this year.
The 2018 Pokémon Go Summer Tour will host thousands of Go fans across the globe, with the first event taking place on June 30th – July 1st in Dortmund’s Westfalenpark, Germany. Two weeks later, on July 14-15th, the tour moves to Chicago’s Lincoln Park for an event subtitled “A Walk in the Park,” for which you can make your own jokes. Then, at an as-yet unspecified time, a third two-day festival will take place in Yokosuka, Japan.
Specifics about the events are thin on the ground, although tickets for the Chicago event will be priced at $20, just like last year. The Dortmund event, meanwhile, will be free and open, and the city itself will host other Pokémon Go quests during the weekend. More community days and other global Pokemon parties are also taking place across the summer, details also TBC.