Pokemon Go is celebrating its one-year anniversary with big summer events. Niantic announced today in a blog post that the company will be hosting a mix of real-world events along with new events for the game, leading up to a major multiplayer update later this summer.
First, Niantic will roll out the Solstice Event on June 13. During this time, Fire and Ice-type Pokémon will become more prominent. There will also be huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately (rather than just flinging them everywhere), and Lucky Eggs will be discounted in-game.
This event, which ends June 20, will lead up to a big, new update "focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon Go in fun new ways." This update will temporarily disable Gyms for a short period in order to prep for the update.
Meanwhile, Niantic is holding a real-world event called Pokémon GO Fest Chicago! The event will take place July 22 with ticket information going live on June 19 at 10AM PDT. Similar Pokémon Go events will be held across Europe and in Yokohama, Japan this summer.
Despite some growing pains, Pokemon Go has become one of the most successful apps on the mobile platform. Niantic announced that Pokémon Go reached 750 million global downloads, and companies like Apple are doing more than ever to support AR game development, partially thanks to the success of Pokémon Go.
You can go to PokemonGoLive.com for more information about the various summer events.