21,000 Players Show Up for Pokemon GO Fest

1.8 miles of pure bliss

Pokemon Go Fest 2018 drew a crowd of 21,000 attendees on-site in Chicago this past weekend, with 180,000 playing the game in the surrounding Chicago area.

Event attendees walked on average more than 3.5 miles while catching an average of 350 Pokemon and completing 36 research tasks between July 14 and 15. Compared to last year being clustered in Grant Park, the 2018 event consisted of a 1.8-mile curated course for players to explore through Lincoln Park.

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The course featured four dynamic habitats – from deserts with cacti to a glacial habitat with snow storms, all filled with over 50 species of Pokemon. Players encountered Pokemon such as Ludicolo, Torkoal, and Metagross while doing special research tasks as they were searching for the Mythical Pokemon Celebi.

Along with the hunt for Pokemon, attendees were involved with team tent activities including photo ops and various contests. The city of Chicago itself had Raid Battles occurring throughout the weekend.

In preparation for Pokemon Go Fest 2018, Niantic prepared themselves with enough portable cell towers and back up plans to make sure there was not a repeat of last year.

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Tens of millions of players from all over the world took part in Professor Willow’s Global Challenge and will have access to those bonuses until July 23.

Make sure to read the details of the second ever Mythical Pokemon to appear on Pokemon Go and what that means for players.

Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN and Eevee has been her favorite Pokemon for years. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade.

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