Pokemon Go Celebrates its First Year With Real-World Festivals and a Multiplayer Update

Pokemon Go is going all out.

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.

Tagged with Android Devices, apple, iPhones, mobile, News, Niantic, Pokemon.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Pokemon Go July 2019 Community Day - Mudkip, Date, Exclusive Move, Bonuses

Here’s what you’ll begetting up to for the Pokemon Go July Community Day.

Pokemon Go Teases Team Rocket With a Hot Air Balloon At European Go Fest

And it seems like there's more on the way, too.

Pokemon Go Armored Mewtwo Release Date - Armored Mewtwo Raid, Mewtwo Clothing

There’s a brand new kind of Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go Raid battles. Here’s what you need to know about Armored Mewtwo.

Pokemon Go Jump Start Research Tasks - Quest Steps, Rewards, End Date

There’s some brand new Special Research to take on in Pokemon Go. Here’s what you need to know about the Pokemon Go Jump Start Research.

Pokemon Go Trading Discount: Trading Cost, Stardust Cost Chart - How to Trade in Pokemon Go

We’ve got everything you need to know about the brand new trading features that are now available in Pokemon GO.

Pokemon Go Shiny Alolan - How to Get Alolan Vulpix, Shiny Alolan Pokemon 2019

Alolan Pokemon are becoming more and more common in Pokemon GO. Here’s every Pokemon GO Alolan Pokemon, and how to get them.

Pokemon Go July Field Research - Research Breakthrough, Rewards

Here's your guide to the Pokemon Go July Research quests and rewards.

More News

Another Blizzard Co-Founder Is Leaving After Almost 30 Years With The Company

Only one of the original co-founders is left now.

Sega Parts Ways With Narrative Game Studio Interior Night

Narrative experiences don't seem like a fit for Sega.

Mario Rocks a Surprising Bald Look in an Ancient Donkey Kong Coloring Book

To be fair, losing your girlfriend to a giant ape will make you tear your hair out.

More on Android

Pokemon Masters Has You Work With Friends To Dominate Poke-Hell Island

"Some of you will form alliances, though we don't recommend it."

Pokemon Go July 2019 Community Day - Mudkip, Date, Exclusive Move, Bonuses

Here’s what you’ll begetting up to for the Pokemon Go July Community Day.

Fortnite Season 10: Mecha Versus Monster Battle

Fortnite is set to change once again. Here’s what we know about Fortnite Season 10 so far.

Plants vs. Zombies 3 Is Happening, But For Now It's Locked In Pre-Alpha

Time to get the army of the dead off my dang lawn again.

Dr. Mario World is Breaking My Brain, But in a Good Way

Dr. Mario and the whole Mushroom Kingdom reunite to cure more diseases. Maybe they can destroy cancer this time.