Last year, fans from all over the world gathered in Chicago, IL for the first ever Pokémon GO and well….that was a disaster for everyone who attended but second time is a charm right? For those still looking to catch them all on their mobile device, Niantic recently announced that it will be holding its second Pokémon GO Summer event.
The festivities kick off with a Safari Zone event which will be held in Dortmund, Germany’s Westfalenpark between June 30th and July 1st and then followed by Pokémon GO Fest 2018 returning to Chicago’s Lincoln Park on July 14 and July 15. That’s not all though as Niantic will also hold a Safari Zone event in Japan and more to be announced.
So what will be different about this year’s event?
Last year, Niantic made the mistake of having thousands of people cluttered around a .5-square mile area which led to servers being overloaded and slowing down. This time the event will feature a 2-mile-long course, with Gyms and PokeStops will be scattered around and Niantic will be able to make changes
This year’s event will feature a 2-mile-long course through Lincoln Park, instead of standstill .5-square mile area like last year. The movement will help mobile carriers to process faster. Gyms and PokeStops will be scattered along the course, and Niantic will also closely monitor the course in real time if one area becomes too cluttered, which slows down servers or if an issue arises.