Niantic will be taking Pokémon GO Fest international as they will bring the event to Europe in July, setting up in Dortmund, Germany. The event will take place from July 4th-7th in Westfalenpark, which was chosen after the company ran a successful Pokémon GO Safari Zone event there in 2018 that brought it over 170k visitors. We have more details on the event as well as quotes from the press release this morning, but it appears this will be the first step to establishing a proper festival on every continent they can. It'll be interesting to see where they choose for both Asia and South America when the time comes.
Anne Beuttenmüller, Head of EMEA Marketing, at Niantic, stated: "The City of Dortmund has been an incredible partner in bringing a second Pokémon GO real-world community event to their city and Westfalenpark, one of Europe's most beautiful parks. Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund will give thousands of Trainers around the world an opportunity to explore this unique city, get exercise in the real world, meet and befriend fellow Trainers and more importantly, catch Pokémon together.
Trainers attending Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund will be able to experience an action-packed day of encountering and catching Pokémon with others across four unique Pokémon GO-themed habitats taking shape in the real world as physical installations across the park. A variety of in-game activities and real-world experiences will be available for players to participate in during the event including photo opportunities, group photos, a Pikachu costume character meet and greet, and much more.
Thomas Westphal, CEO of Dortmund's economic development agency added: "We are delighted to have been selected for the second time in a row as the Pokémon GO destination to be in Europe during this summer. After last year's success, we are very much looking forward to continuing our partnership with Niantic and to host thousands of people from all over the world in Westfalenpark and the city of Dortmund again."
Throughout Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund, Trainers who are not in attendance will still be able to participate in Pokémon GO special challenges to work towards a global goal of unlocking rewards for all Trainers around the world. Details for the global challenges during Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund will be revealed ahead of the event.