Pokemon Go Friends Have Already Exchanged More Than 2 Billion Gifts

Pokemon Go Friends Have Already Exchanged More Than 2 Billion Gifts

More surprises planned for the Fall.

Trainers around the world have certainly been busy since Niantic introduced the friend feature in Pokemon Go at the end of June. According to a new blog from Niantic CEO John Hanke, friends on Pokemon Go have already sent 2.2 billion Gifts, because sharing is caring.

Pokemon Go, while always popular, has been in a bit of an upswing as of late, tallying a 35 percent increase in active usage since May. In June, Niantic introduced the long-awaited friend feature that let trainers exchange friend codes and gift each other items based on locations they've been to. Since June there are now over 113 million friends on Pokemon Go who have exchanged 2.2 billion gifts combined.

Hanke says there are more Pokemon Go surprises planned for this fall. In the meantime, Niantic is hard at work on the upcoming reboot for Ingress, which is getting an anime on Netflix. Hanke also teased more of the AR Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game, but alas we still don't know much about Niantic's upcoming collaboration with WB Games.

The next Pokemon Go event will make it so that Kanto's legendary Pokemon will be more available than ever, so get your Pokeballs at the ready when the Bonus Event begins on September 13.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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