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Pokemon Go Players in Rural Areas Upset Over Lack of Gyms and PokeStops

Some Pokemon Go players live in areas that have few PokeStops and no Gyms.


Pokemon Go lets you battle for Gyms, collect Poke Balls, and catch the pocket monsters themselves. However, if you don't live in a city, it could prove difficult to have much fun with it at all.

Reddit user XplayGamesPL posted on the Pokemon Go subreddit, saying that his 1,000-person town has only two PokeStops and no Gyms. They started a Facebook group to raise awareness, which prompted another player to start a petition.

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"Without the ability to submit new requests for landmarks, players in geographically-isolated regions or even places where no one HAPPENED to play Ingress have a limited or essentially nonexistent Pokemon Go experience," the petition reads. "There should be a system to submit requests for PokeStops and Gyms, even if it takes a while to get them approved--even if the only requirement is that there isn't another one RIGHT next to it."

Some Reddit users have noted that Pokemon Go's data comes from Niantic's previous geolocation game, Ingress. Some of the information from that game hasn't been processed into Pokemon Go yet; when it does get processed, players might notice PokeStops and Gyms that weren't there previously. We have no way of knowing if this is what's happening to XplayGamesPL or other players, however.

We contacted Pokemon Go PR and asked if this was a case of unprocessed data or if Niantic had other plans in the works. Unfortunately, they had no information to share on the topic at this time.

In other Pokemon Go-related news, players have been trolling the Westboro Baptist Church by taking over the Gym that's stationed there and using love-inspired names for their Pokemon.

For more, you can check out all the Pokemon Go stories from around the world with GameSpot's news round-up here.

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