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.


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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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Avatar image for steppenwccr

There are more than a thousand people where I am and there are NO gyms within 15-20 miles. There is one stop about 5 miles away. There are plenty of churches and things, but none of them are gyms.

Avatar image for morheb

In my town too

Only one pikestop about 4 kilometers away

I cant get pokeballs except when i go to work in the morning

And now im out of pokeballs.

Also there is no gym so i dont see the point from the game anymore

Avatar image for morheb

In my town too

Only one pikestop about 4 kilometers away

I cant get pokeballs except when i go to work in the morning

And now im out of pokeballs.

Also there is no gym so i dont see the point from the game anymore

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People in rural areas complain about not being able to find things .. I chose to live in a city and I don't complain that I can't see a cow or a sheep !! ... Explore a little and you may find things !!

Avatar image for hystavito

I wondered about this being a problem when they first explained how the game would work.

Avatar image for Fartman7998

This sounds like a feature and not a bug. You live in the middle of nowhere...go exploring, like a real Pokemon trainer.

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@Fartman7998: Not really an option for... You know... Kids. A LARGE portion of the Pokemon fanbase. Plus, even as an adult, not everyone has time and money to go traveling an hour or more into the city for a game. Even if you did, the point is to encourage exercise, not driving.

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@Roanark: I have to agree. I'm all for exploring as much as the next guy, but I don't see the point in driving to find Pokemon. I live in a rural area and I've caught 4 around my house, and while more have spawned, it's the same four.

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@Roanark: Ash did it.

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@Fartman7998: That's right, little Sally needs to take the bus to the big city :p

Avatar image for Lamesy

Pretty good idea. There needs to be an upvote system & minimum threshold of demand for each though. Devs aren't wasting time on 3 players per area.

Avatar image for Redsyrup

Casuals are like leaves in the wind. Good luck holding onto them.

Avatar image for Phooey442

@Redsyrup: The game itself is for casuals. It wouldn't be so successful if it was anything near a hard game.

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@Redsyrup: Fair point :)

Avatar image for drizzygadget

Maybe move somewhere that has people. Doesn't sound like Pokemon Go's problem.

Avatar image for iammcgruber

Wait, you mean not everyone lives in cities? Mind..... Blown

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I'd be upset if i lived in the middle of nowhere too.

I live in a town of about 10,000 and there's pokestops everywhere. There's probly a half dozen churches alone within a mile of me.

I'm sitting in my home right now and i count 13 pokestops and 4 gyms near me.

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@dominoodle: I live in an area of over 100k and there's not that much around me >.>'

But the city I live in is also rather big area wise and I live away from the busier parts of town.

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I live in a small area, and my closest "town", if you want to call it that, has 2 gyms and 3 pokestops. Post office's and churches mainly. That "town" has 5 churches, a restaurant, a fire dept, and a post office. 4 of the churches pop up. 3 pokestops and 1 gym, then the post office is a gym. This "town" has a total population of maybe 500 people... And the cell signal through there is hit or miss as well. Half the time, I can't even collect from a pokestop.

The county I live in, has a population of 28k people, has 10 gyms and 30 pokestops, that I know of. I really think it's appropriate.

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Ash would never have become a pokemon master if he stayed in his rural village. Time to join society!

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My only two "complaints" so far are that 1) Parks appear to be Pokemon dead zones which makes zero sense. You go into a park and there are no Pokemon anywhere, but as soon as you leave the park they're around somewhere.

The other problem is how much it eats my phones battery. That's kind of a nitpick, though.

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I used to live in a fairly small town...I could imagine that being quite frustrating.

Avatar image for ethanm1834

Not surprisingly come back from my vacation today and the whole office is talking about the Pokemon that they caught. To be fair, working in software development, makes the numbers skewed in the sense of who is playing.

As to the article year, being in a rural area has to be tough. On the one hand lots of places for walking to get Pokemon, on the other hand no poke stops.

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git gud

Avatar image for Scorch_22

Ahhh! I can't take it anymore!!! Everywhere I go, it's nothing but Pokemon Go! I'm gonna go home, play Dark Souls 3, and forget the internet exists today.

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@Scorch_22: Might have to extend that to a week. The hype of this "game" is just starting.

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It'd be nice if they did something like this. I live in a cow town and the closest Pokestop is over a mile away where I get my hunting and fishing licenses, while the second closest is several miles away. The closest gym to me is 5+ miles.

As a result of this there isn't anything to catch in my area. I'll be lucky to see a Rattata or a Weedle every so often. IF I wanted to go to a place with gyms, pokestops and pokemon, I'd have to drive 10 miles to a park.

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ohhh plz stop all this pokemon spamming articles