Yesterday we ran a poll on Twitter, asking our readers a question that was on our mind for a while: Will you continue playing Pokemon GO if the gym update turns out to be a disappointment?

The response rate was immense, with more than 6000 Trainers participating in the poll in the past 24 hours. To be completely honest, the results are quite surprising.

Results breakdown

In spite the common belief that “Pokémon GO will die if they don’t fix the Gyms” it seems that majority of players simply doesn’t care about Gyms at all!

61% of poll respondents said that they will continue to play Pokémon GO even if the gym update disappoints and an additional 25% answered that they’ll consider it. Only 14% of voters said that they will not continue to play the game if the update flops.

This notion of not caring about Gyms is strongly emphasised in the comments of the Tweet, with the most upvoted response saying the following:

And it’s not just that response. The majority of responses are saying the same thing – people do not care for Gym changes, as they don’t really use the current system.

With that in mind, it’s time to state the obvious: no matter what they do, Niantic won’t hurt the game with the upcoming gym rework. If it turns out to be a complete disappointment, only the minority of the player base will be dissatisfied. However, if it turns out to be great, they have the potential to re-engage more than 60% of their current player base!

  • Ben Warden

    They lost all the players (like me) for whom gyms would have been a key part of engaging a long time ago.

  • Erja Mäkelä

    Why is not Hub or Niantic at all interested that Pokemon Go Trainer Club members are not able to log on the game? Major problem for some of the phones and PTC? Situation lasted now for me 14 hours in Helsinki. For some people even longer.

  • Dorito

    People don’t use the gym because they either don’t want to deplete their health items trying to compete in gyms filled with 3000+ cp titans (with no reward for winning when they do) or because they don’t have a true interest in the game for its fighting assets and they get their finger kicks from simply catching Pokémon. I can’t wait to see how gyms work out, I think gym divisions would work (level 5-15, 15-20, etc.) so even new players can try out gyms and accumulate coins, only time will tell.