Don’t get super comfy with your neighbor’s Poké Stops and Gyms in Pokémon Go

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If you live in an area where Poké Stops and Gyms are somehow in your neighbors’ yards, we have some bad news. According to Variety, a proposed settlement filed in a California court will do away with them all if it’s approved.

The proposed settlement stems from a lawsuit that New Jersey resident Jeffrey Marder filed in 2016 against Niantic Labs, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo. In the lawsuit, Marder claimed that Pokémon Go’s Poké Stops and wild Pokémon encouraged players to trespass on other people’s properties.

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“During the week of Pokémon Go’s release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand,” reads part of the lawsuit.

“At least five individuals knocked on Plaintiff’s door and asked for access to Plaintiff’s backyard in order to ‘catch’ Pokémon that the game has placed at Plaintiff’s residence.”

If approved, the proposed settlement would apply to those who own or lease property within 100 meters of a Poké Stop or Gym. Here’s what the proposed settlement would require Niantic to do:

  1. Maintain a database of requests from residents whose properties are within 40 meters of a Poké Stop or Gym.
  2. Retain the aforementioned requests for at least a year.
  3. Use “commercially reasonable efforts” to resolve complaints during a three-year period.
  4. Communicate resolutions to complaints within 15 days.
  5. Send a warning message to Pokémon Go Raids that include 10 or more players.
  6. Avoid putting new Poké Stops or Gyms on single-family residential properties.
  7. Receive requests from county or city governments to use their hours of operation for Poké Stops and Gyms located in parks.

Lastly, the proposed settlement would award each plaintiff $1,000 and award attorneys fees and reimbursement for expenses stemming from the case.

It’s unknown if the court will accept the proposed settlement. We’ll update this post if anything changes.

Pokémon Go will soon let you take AR pictures with your Poké pals

Today, Niantic Labs announced a new feature for Pokémon Go that will make augmented reality (AR) and Pokémon fans very happy — Go Snapshot.

Previously, you could only take AR photos of Pokémon that you encounter in the wild with AR+. With Go Snapshot, you can take AR photos of any Pokémon in your storage. When you select a Pokémon, you’ll see a camera icon that takes you to the snapshot tool. From there, just toss a Poké Ball wherever you want to position the Pokémon.

If you’re not a fan of your Pikachu’s initial positioning, you can move them around for the perfect angle. You can also tap or brush a Pokémon to get their attention. Finally, any picture you take with Go Snapshot is automatically saved to your phone’s gallery.

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Talking with The Verge, Niantic game designer Laura Warner said the idea behind Go Snapshot is for players to take more photos and to have an easier time taking those photos. “We just realized we should make it easier for them to take pictures. At any time of day, on any adventure a person is on, they should be able to take a picture with a Pokémon in their inventory.”

Niantic said the Go Snapshot feature will launch “soon” on both iOS and Android.

All you need to know about Pokémon Go’s Trainer Battles coming “later this month”

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After weeks of teasing, Niantic has finally detailed the PvP mode coming to Pokémon Go “later this month.”

Trainer Battles will see players take on other Go players in real-time battles with teams of three Pokémon each, the developer said in a blog post.

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Expanding on the existing Gym battling system, players will have to choose between fast and charged attacks to defeat the opposing monsters.

Unlike in Gyms, however, battles won’t simply be governed by a Pokémon’s power level (CP). Instead, trainers that wish to battle will need to both choose a specific Trainer Battle League category which sets a maximum CP limit for each monster to keep things fair.

There’s also a new mechanic called Protect Shield, which players can use strategically to block damage a limited number of times per battle.

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Players can take on their pals registered as Ultra Friends or Best Friends at any time, but if everyone else will have to be in the same location to initiate a battle.

A new feature is also being added which lets you train with your chosen team’s leader once per day to earn Stardust to level up your Pokémon.

“The Trainer Battles feature infuses the spirit of Pokémon Go with the classic concept of battling Pokémon, creating an exciting competitive angle for Pokémon Go Battles that also feels familiar to Pokémon GO and main series fans alike,” said Matt Slemon, Product Manager for Pokémon Go at Niantic. “The upcoming launch of Trainer Battles marks the very beginning for what we envision for this new dynamic social feature which will grow and evolve over time with new gameplay mechanics.”

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The introduction of Trainer Battles marks the final piece of the Pokémon Go puzzle, with all three pillars of the traditional Pokemon experience — catching, trading, and battling — all now present in the location-based smash hit.

It sounds as though the game’s evolution is far from over, however. In an interview with Eurogamer to mark the arrival of Trainer Battles, Niantic’s Matt Slemon teased the prospect of bringing characters from the games/anime into Go as opponents, as well as further gameplay mechanics such as status effects or even Mega Evolutions.

What do you think of Go’s Trainer Battles? Let us know in the comments.

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