Pokemon Go Rolls Out PokéStop/Gyms Submission System

This story from 2018 looks at the introduction of a new submission system for Pokemon Go.

Published: September 12, 2018 11:15 PM /


Nidoran walking through the grass with a PokeStop in the background in Pokemon Go

Niantic has revealed a new system allowing players to nominate eligible objects and locations in Pokémon Go. Once a player submits the information, the game's community will evaluate it. Highly rated submissions will move onto acceptance as a new PokéStop or Gym.

Currently in beta, this new system limits trainers to a specific number of nominations each day. However, if these submissions aren't used right away, they accumulate until they are. Those who want to know how many nominations that they have will be able to see them within the settings menu in-game.

Squirtles and Poliwags walking alongside a body of water in Pokemon Go

In order to submit a PokéStop Nomination, users must first go to the main menu, hit settings, and then tap the 'New PokéStop' button. On the map, players will be able to pin their target location which will represent their nomination.

After tapping confirm, the app asks trainers to take a clear photo of the object/location. Then, they must take another video of the surrounding area. This provides context in order for Niantic to see if the area is safe. Once done, players enter a title and description for their nomination, which the community then reviews.

Locations Niantic would prefer that trainers nominate include public parks, public libraries, public places of worship, and transit stations. Essentially, anywhere where people can congregate in public that is notable, well-lit, and not in the middle of nowhere.

A crowd of people playing Pokemon Go

This page shows a list of locations which either are "a location with a cool story, a place in history or educational value... [or] a cool piece of art or unique architecture."

What Niantic considers ineligible nominations for Pokemon Go PokéStop/Gym submissions include places without safe pedestrian access (so no private residences), as well as locations that interfere important public services like fire and police stations.

Others include schools, natural locations such as mountains or waterfalls (but man-made plaques or other points of interest would be acceptable), nonpermanent objects such as seasonal displays, and adult-orientated stores such as liquor or firearm stores.

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