The development team behind the wildly popular Pokémon GO app has just ended applications for new PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms. Niantic's application page allowed locations such as businesses, restaurants, and landmarks to apply for status as a PokéStop or Pokémon Gym, or to request to have that status removed (if being a PokéStop or Pokémon Gym was interfering with regular business, for example). The application was simple, and consisted of entering a few details about the location, as well as the location's address and latitude and longitude.
As of July 22, 2016, the application page shows up blank, as seen in the below screenshot. Niantic confirms that that will not be accepting new submissions for PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms on their page for reporting issues.
There are a few reasons that Niantic may have shut down this application portal. They could be working on a better application for businesses and landmarks to use, or they may have temporarily suspended applications while working on updates for their servers (which have not only been continually stressed by high player usage, but have been the victim of targeted attacks by various groups).
In other recent Pokémon GO news, a new third-party service was announced to better your Pokémon GO experience. Pokévision helps players find Pokémon in real time (so long as the player isn't looking for Pokemon from lures or incense), and plan better trips to avoid getting lost or into trouble with private property owners or law enforcement (which, considering recent news is probably for the best).
It should be noted that players still have the ability to report issues with PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms, or request to have their status as a PokéStop or Pokémon Gym revoked, via the Niantic portal.
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