Niantic announces that this year’s Pokemon Go Fest will be held online. They also revealed that half of the proceeds would be donated to the BLM movement.
This year’s Pokemon Go Fest celebrates the fourth anniversary of Pokemon Go by holding various activities all around the world. The announcement from Niantic also revealed that they are again adding new features to the game.
However, because of the global pandemic forcing everyone to lockdowns and quarantines, Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will be held online.
Event date and time
Four years after the successful release of the game, Niantic is launching the third Pokemon Go Fest to celebrate the occasion. The event will be happening on July 25 and July 26, 2020. The celebration will begin at 10 AM and will end at 8 PM each day in the region’s local time.
All players will be able to join weekly online challenges that lead up to the big event. There will be three sets of Timed Research challenges with each running a week before the event itself.
Though Niantic hasn’t confirmed the dates yet, it is highly likely that the Timed Research challenges will happen on these days:
- First week of challenges – July 3 to July 10
- Second week of challenges – July 10 to July 17
- Third week of challenges – July 17 to July 24
This schedule will let the last Timed Research challenge to be completed a day before the main celebration begins. Completing these Timed Researches will allow players to unlock additional Pokemon, which can be caught in the main event.
This means players should engage in these challenges if they are planning to engage in the activities in the event. There’s not much information on what the challenges on Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will be.
However, rumors are circulating that they might be similar to the recently closed event, Throwback Challenges.
Tickets for Pokémon GO Fest are now available in the in-game Shop for $14.99 USD. GO Fest 2020 will take place across 2 days with Special Research, global challenges, five habitats, and over 75 different Pokémon in the wild, raids, and Special Research. https://t.co/Y22Zbk12D8 pic.twitter.com/z1IKaJQ6qg
— Leek Duck (NYC) (@LeekDuck) June 15, 2020
How much does a ticket cost?
One ticket for the Pokemon Go Quest 2020 will cost a player $14.99(21 AUD). The ticket will already be valid for the two-day celebration. The purchase will be non-refundable and cannot be bought using PokeCoins. Pokemon Go Fest tickets are now available for purchase and will be available until July 26, 2020.
The money raised from the ticket sales will be donated to programs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Parts of the Pokemon Go Fest proceeds will help fund new projects from Black gaming creators who are supported by Niantic. In addition, donations will also be given to US-based nonprofit organizations in order to help in rebuilding local communities.
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