Niantic has announced that a system focused on adding more PokéStops to Pokémon Go is heading to users soon.
According to the developer’s latest blog post, The PokéStop Nomination beta will launch soon in Brazil and South Korea. A formal release date was not included, but it was revealed that the service would be extended to other areas of the world down the line.
When the beta does launch, only trainers at the max level of 40 will be able to test out the feature. Those that meet the requirements will be able to submit a landmark that they believe would be a good PokéStop, which is the in-game spot where players can earn new items and collect a research quest. Before trainers get too excited and try to get a PokéStop added in their house or office, though, private residences or areas without safe access will not be considered. Spots that Niantic suggest be nominated include public parks, libraries, places of worship, local hot spots, or a landmark with educational value.
As for the process of submission, the PokéStop Nomination help page has detailed the steps trainers should follow to put a spot in the running. A “New PokéStop” button will be added to the in-game menu’s settings section, and once opened, a player will be able to place a marker on the in-game map and start the process. A photo of the object that will represent the PokéStop will be required, as well as pictures of the surrounding area. Then, players will have to name the stop and give a few reasons why it would make a good location for earning items.
Eligible trainers will only be able to submit up to five PokéStop suggestions a day. Once received by Niantic, the PokéStop will be reviewed by the developer’s “community of nomination reviewers.” If deemed worthy, the stop will be added to the game.
While the system will help the game overall, players in rural areas will likely get the most use out of it. The lack of PokéStops and Gyms in rural areas has been a long-running issue since Pokémon Go first launched, so hopefully the nomination feature will grant more access to those that need it the most.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live