Pokemon Go Fest 2020: Almost 1 Billion Pokemon Were Caught

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 8:29 am

The event took place around the world in late July.

On July 25 and July 26, Pokemon Go Fest 2020 brought millions of players together virtually to catch Pokemon, complete community objectives, and defeat Team Go Rocket.

Now that the event has come and gone, Niantic, the game’s developer, shared a few stats about Go Fest, as well as some additional information about what’s next.

To start, Niantic said millions of trainers — from 124 different countries and regions — participated in the event. Almost 1 billion Pokemon were caught in total over the two-day event, and players sent 55 million Gifts to their in-game friends.

Trainers also defeated over 58 million members of Team Go Rocket during Go Fest, and, on average, players walked “nearly 15 kilometers each” across the two days.

During Go Fest, players had the chance to work together in the Global Challenge Arena to complete certain goals. These tasks asked players to send gifts, battle in Raids, and more. Before the event began, we knew that if players completed at least 24 of the 32 goals, we’d unlock three Ultra Unlock events that will take place throughout August. That goal was successfully reached, so the first Ultra Unlock event –Dragon Week — will kick off on July 31.

Finally, before Pokemon Go Fest, Niantic said that it would donate at least $5 million from the event’s proceeds to U.S. nonprofits and “new projects from Black gaming and AR creators that can live on the Niantic platform.” However, in a blog post, Niantic said that number has now been increased to more than $10 million.

For more information (and for an update on the developer’s “local business recovery initiative“), head over to Niantic’s blog.

Did you participate in Pokemon Go Fest? What did you think of the event? Let us know on Twitter at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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