A note about sponsored locations

December 14, 2016

Trainers,

What a month… already!

As you all know just a week ago we announced our Sprint partnership. So far we have launched 3,700+ of the 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores as PokéStops, Gyms, and real-world charging stations with more coming online daily.

Last Thursday we also announced a partnership with Starbucks that turned 7,800 locations into PokéStops and gathering spots for Trainers. With the two combined partnerships, we will have added a total of 18,300 destinations to Pokémon GO. We are excited to be able to expand the playfield in this way and to have partners to collaborate with to extend the game into the real world in fun and useful ways.

Since some of you have asked, we wanted to clarify that sponsored locations do not appear in the game for players under the age of 13. Earlier this month Pokémon GO won the Mobile Game of the Year and Family Game of the Year at The Game Awards. We are thrilled by the fact that our game is enjoyed by many families and take seriously our job to provide a safe, wholesome, and entertaining experience to our users.

The month isn’t even half over, and it’s been a blast so far. Stay tuned for more.

The Niantic team