Niantic has announced the Pokémon GO Week, the first official Korean Pokémon GO event, lasting for an entire week from November 4 to November 12.

Pokémon GO Week is a part of the wider Pokémon Festa event in Korea, which includes pop-up shops, stamp rallies for the new movie etc. The event is nationwide with a series of legendary bird encounters taking place only in Seoul.

During the event, all Pokémon spawns in Korea will be increased and Trainers in Seoul will be able to battle ArticunoMoltresZapdos and Lugia. In addition, Mr.Mime and Unown will be spawning throughout the country.

There is no participation fee, the event is taking place in all of Korea (except for some areas (*)) / Seoul / Lotte World Mall and lasts from November 4 (Sat) – November 12 (Sun).

Big props to Joe Merrick of Serebii for clarifying Pokémon Festa for us.

Except for some areas (*)

If you’re wondering what the “except for some areas” statement means, we want to remind you that Korea is a country with a very complex political situation.

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a stretch of land running across the entire Korean Peninsula, dividing North and South Korea and creating the countries northern border.

In the past, there was an incident including discovery of a now-deleted Gym in Panmunjom, an important structure north of the DMZ where the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on 27 July 1953, stopping the conflict between North and South Korea.

Furthermore, the game was not initially released in Korea due to severe restrictions on usage of existing online mapping data. It wasn’t before January 2017 that Korean Trainers got a chance to play the game.

To our knowledge, the “except for some areas” quote refers to the following locations/areas:

  • The DMZ
  • North Korea
  • Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea

Infographic about the Korean DMZ, credits go to Dom & Hyo:

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  • Josh Hack

    Cool, but what about the other 60 Million players that don’t live in Korea or have unlimited money?

    • Edwin Fung

      Josh Hack what I want are events in HK.

      • Hoenn Magikarp

        Me 2

        • Edwin Fung

          Hi mate we’re both from Hong Kong.

    • EQ Kimball

      i went to chicago event and it didn’t cost a lot.

      • Josh Hack

        Talking about the fact that many players are young (have no income whatsoever) or are based in places like Europe. I know Japan and that region is the birthplace of the Pokémon series, but we need to remind Niantic that the rest of the world plays as well.

        • EQ Kimball

          Europe has had major events in the past. And Niantic is a company that wants to make money, they dont worry about people who don’t put money in this game.

          • Chris Denton

            I would argue that they don’t care about people who do pay money. They could maximize reach of these events by making it an IAP for a pass anywhere in the world, but no, they only want to give love to 1 city at a time. In this case, a whole country.

            If they do 3 countries a year, this game may last for 20 years. You know, no players, but it could still exist.

          • EQ Kimball

            You mean who don’t pay money? Niantic doesn’t care about them. They cater to those who pay.

          • Chris Denton

            No they don’t. I have paid hundreds of dollars and that isn’t even worth a personal response to any issues I have.

          • EQ Kimball

            cause millions of people have personal issues. if you answered every email personally, nothing would be updated with the key. stop being an entitled cry baby. dont like it, dont play.

          • Chris Denton

            But I thought they cared about me because I pay money?

            Straight to insults like the rest of the keyboard warriors. Personal response does not mean personal issues. I have been requesting stops and spawns from day 1. That’s not a personal issue that’s an issue for my entire area.

            Nothing gets updated and no emails get responded to.

            Don’t worry quitting is the only place to go from here. No changes and I’m out. That’s 80-125$ a month they are losing out on. Good suggestion

          • EQ Kimball

            So you think you are the only one who has requested stops and gyms? I stand by what I say. Stop your crying. Again Niantic has millions of players they do the respond to every request. Why do you think you are special and deserve a personal response ?

          • EQ Kimball

            Niantic makes millions a year they won’t miss the point 1000 you give them.

          • Chris Denton

            Lol that’s a good way to treat customers.

          • EQ Kimball

            They said in beginning they don’t respond to personal requests. There are millions of people who have personal requests. Smh on such cry babies playing this game

          • Chris Denton

            Bs. You call people crybabies for talking about issues niantic ignores. You are equally a crybaby for being butthurt about it. They do not cater to paying players like you wrongly claimed. They cater to cities and that’s the only demographic that can play for free.

            It’s ok to be wrong.

            Boohoo I like Pokémon city and everyone else should too. Anyone else is ______(insert insult).

          • EQ Kimball

            Not really I play the game and don’t cry like an entitled douchebag on social media. Travel a little to get better spawns or events.

          • Chris Denton

            Utter bs like everything you have said. I only see 1 person here crying and it’s you.

            Not one comment from you without an insult. Goodbye

          • EQ Kimball

            you think thats an insult? lol whats bs?

  • JeanPiaget1896

    Feels so good

  • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

    Sooooo… only South Korean event. Cool. Sucks for the northerners! One day, they should have like a day-week where it’s just a bunch of regionals everywhere and a few Unown. Like a worldwide event. Cuz some people don’t have the money to travel everywhere

    • Allen Beoulve

      Are you Jayden Smith? Cause you sound like him with your idiotic comment, no offense

      • mcfilmmakers

        Your definition of idiotic is wrong. YOUR comment is idiotic, not Jayden’s.

        • Charter

          While just telling someone that his comment is idiotic might not be the best way to start the discussion, he is somewhat right since there is no Pokémon Go in North Korea so of course there’s no event.

          • Dan

            No, his comment is idiotic because North Korea has other things to worry about whether they’ll have a Pokemon Go event. Like not dying at the hands of a dictator.

          • NAME NOT FOUND

            Don’t we all have better things to worry about other than pokemon go?

          • Dan

            In the grand scheme of things, we do. But North Korea doesn’t play these games. We do. So when I say that they have other things to worry about, it’s partly because they may be killed at any point by their country’s leader, and partly because they don’t play the game anyway.

          • NAME NOT FOUND

            Someone doesn’t understand sarcasm

    • Jennifer Sneddon

      Do you know anything about North Korea? I’m pretty sure not being able to participate in this event is not even close to a concern for them. Not enough food, fear of being sent to prison if you say the wrong thing, no access to the outside world, no internet connection at all let alone one fast enough to play games, etc. Those are just a few of their real concerns.

    • Finn Brown

      You cant Play Pokemon in North Korea
      There is absolutely nothing there

    • Mary

      I recommend you watch a Netflix documentary on North Korea .

      • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

        Ok. What’s it called. Sounds intriguing! Btw, I know they have Kim Jung Un trying to nuke everyone. I was TRYIN to be sarcastic but I’m sorry if I didn’t make it clear

  • Desiree

    Correction: Looking at the Korean version of the announcement, Mr. Mime and Unown will only be at Lotte World mall, NOT all throughout the country.

    • Mathew Axford

      you sure about that?

      • Desiree

        Yes, very sure. Confirmed by my local (Korean) raiding groups.

        • peponzio

          That would make sense. It’d be sort of like the Safari Zone Events. Regional exclusives appear only around a sponsored venue (a big Mall). The legendary birds are the week event in the country and the regional is the safari zone equivalent (maybe Niantic is simply reusing the safari zone event code but with a different Pokemon and a different central spot).

  • FacePuncher

    Waaaaaah someone else gets something that I dont. Waaaaaah i need to complain and moan and act like a spoiled child. Waaaaah I should be given a free Mewtwo because I cant go to this event

    • Florian

      ^spoofer^

      • Dan

        It’s called sarcasm. Try it some time.

        • Florian

          I know it’s sarcasm. That’s why I called FacePuncher a spoofer. If he was being truthful than my comment would not have made any sense. He is a spoofer because he clearly doesnt care that some people in specific regions get special treatment. But you can just spoof, and then make fun of all the people who don’t cheat… So sad that I have to explain that to you

          • Dan

            Um, no. He was being sarcastic about the crybabies that think that Niantic owes them, well, anything in a free to play game. He’s being truthful from the standpoint that people do act like this. He wasn’t demanding anything, nor does that mean he’s going to spoof to South Korea to get any of this. I personally don’t care that specific areas get special “treatment” (they’re not. It’s called an event. They happen all over the place. Pay attention). I’m not going to spoof over there to get anything that’s there because it makes literally no sense to do it.

            TL;DR: you calling him a spoofer makes no sense because he’s just calling other players crybabies that demand things that they aren’t entitled to.

          • Florian

            If you don’t understand why I called him a spoofer, even after a detailed explanation, then you have an issue with understanding the English language(ie – he is trivializing people who cannot afford a trip to SK or wherever. I’m in Canada with a huge player base and still no event… What about rural players? They don’t even have a playable game, let alone access to an event. Just because you don’t feel left out does not mean other people shouldn’t be allowed to feel left out. Based on what I’ve heard from you so far, I would say you are a spoofer, without a doubt. Why should a game developer be able to sell things to you that you can’t even use in your area and then say “the game is free for all to play!”

          • FacePuncher

            I’m not a spoofer I was just being sarcastic for the sake of it

          • Florian

            Haha Oh well, that was time well waisted 🙂

          • FacePuncher

            Yeah, sorry. Didn’t think I’d cause an argument. Thought at most I’d get 1 or 2 thumbs up or maybe a lol

          • peponzio

            lol

          • Dan

            This is exactly what I was trying to tell him.

          • Florian

            No…. It’s not what you told me at all 0_o

            You realize this is a thread, right? We Can read everything you wrote before…

          • Dan

            I literally said “It’s sarcasm”. And you went on a tangent about how he’s a spoofer because he’s making fun of rural players.

            He literally says “I was being sarcastic” and you say “Oh, well. time well wasted”.

            So, yes, that’s literally what I was saying. Look at my first reply.

          • Florian

            You said he was tired of “crybabies” who feel left out. He said it had nothing to do with that… He said he was just saying that for kicks… I even said that I know he was being sarcastic(feel like I have said this 10x now), otherwise my comment about him being a spoofer would make no sense. You can’t make up stuff on a thread and then not expect someone to go back and read it. I worry for your mental health dude

          • Dan

            No, this is what I said:

            “He was being sarcastic about the crybabies that think that Niantic owes them, well, anything in a free to play game. He’s being truthful from the standpoint that people do act like this. He wasn’t demanding anything, nor does that mean he’s going to spoof to South Korea to get any of this.”

            Where did I say that he was tired of the cry babies? I said he was being sarcastic about them.

            My point has always been “just because he has no empathy for the crybabies doesn’t mean he’s a spoofer”. Which is clearly the case. If you make the jump saying “he doesn’t care about the rural players because he can just spoof where ever he wants, so he must be a spoofer”, that’s a terrible leap of faith. Don’t judge my mental health because I’m the one staying within the confines of what was actually said.

          • Dan

            No, he’s not trivializing people that can’t afford the trip to South Korea or wherever. What he’s doing is mocking the players that are crying about being owed anything in this game when they truly are not. The only time the game or the company actually owes you anything is when they screw you out of money, either on purpose or by mistake (see: Chicago). I’m with him in being tired of hearing this. And, no, I’m not a spoofer. I just don’t get why anybody thinks that they are entitled to anything in this world (you’re not). I can’t travel to South Korea for this event, but I’m not going to cry about it. I can’t travel to Europe for the Safari Zones, but I’m not going to cry about it. I haven’t been invited to an EX raid yet, but I’m not going to cry about it. Why? BECAUSE I’M NOT ENTITLED TO ANY OF IT. Get off your high horse and realize the same thing. Or at least have a basic understanding as to why people such as us are sick and tired of all the crybabies.

          • Florian

            Oh god, do I have to say it again… The company told people they would be able to play, regardless of where they live. Some people spent money because of that, and a year later the game isn’t playable in some areas. It’s false advertising. And FacePuncher even said his comment was just for kicks, not because he is tiered of “crybabies” like you are. And now I’ve wasted even more of my life on this stupid post 😪

          • Chris Denton

            Exactly this. The ones who can play this game in their areas call everyone else spoofers and crybabies. I wish for 1 day they got to see what I see. No spawns, no stops, and 1 gym. Yet raising any issue is scoffed off by those who do not get it.

            The lie that they should be held responsible for is when they said rural would eventually be comparable to city. Rural does not mean remote, like some think. Rural in this context just means not in a city. In order to make that happen, the game can’t rely on ingress and they have showed no signs of going in that direction. Let’s open up OPR in hopes that, all on its own, players will only sumbit portals where they weren’t before. That’s insane to think that would work.

            The issue is that ingress is unplayable in the same places pogo is, therefore it makes zero sense to think it will help outside of cities when it’s the sole reason the game is only playable in cities. How can you meet the arbitrary level requirement in ingress if there are no portals or xm around to gain xp?

          • Dan

            They said that they’re working on it, not that they fixed the issue. They are still in the process of adding new pokestops (my town got one last week, though admittedly, it’s not in an accessible spot). Give it time. It’s coming.

          • Chris Denton

            Lol.

          • Dan

            You can play anywhere, as long as there’s cell service. So, yes, you can’t play in Siberia or North Korea. He said his comment was being sarcastic, which is EXACTLY WHAT I TOLD YOU immediately after your comment. And exactly when have I complained about anything in game? I’ve only complained about you complaining, correct?

            The short: you can play where ever you want to play, as long as you have cell service and can russle up a few friends to do raids. Spending money doesn’t change that at all.

          • Chris Denton

            Wrong! You can open the app anywhere with signal. That doesn’t mean you can play without spending money. The only way I can see Pokémon in my area is to put on an insense. Those are not free

          • Dan

            You can spend your money on raid passes, lucky eggs, incense, bag space, lures, and incubators. It is literally possible to play without paying for those things.

          • Chris Denton

            Lol yeah I could buy those items but how will that add content when there are no spawns or stops? You only can speak for how the game works in your area.

            Edit because I blocked you and I want to respond. If you read anything I have said you would know that I have to buy insense to see anything at all. A lure does not allow Pokémon to spawn if there is no stop. A raid pass is useless if there is only one gym. Incubators are useful if there are stops to pick up eggs. As is, I have to drive 35 minutes one way, fill up my bag with eggs, walk them at home and repeat.

            It’s obvious you don’t read before you open your mouth. You get something in your head and then it’s tunnel vision from there.

          • Dan

            You just contradicted yourself. You said “you can’t play without spending money”, but then said “spending money on those items doesn’t add content to the game”. So which is it? Spend money to play, or spending money doesn’t add to it?

          • Florian

            The way I see it, it’s both. You literally can’t play(no items, stops or gyms) unless you spend money; and even when you do, you can’t realistically play and hope to accomplish anything because there is nothing around you

          • Florian

            I never said he wasn’t being sarcastic. I told you specifically that I KNOW HE WAS BEING SARCASTIC, otherwise my comment about him being a spoofer would not make any sense… wtf is actually wrong with you?!

            Also, you are dead wrong. You cannot play anywhere. Rural areas are unplayable, yet Niantic insisted this was playable everywhere. People including me then spent money. A year later and nothing has changed. It’s not stops that are missing, it’s spawns, gyms, ex raids(they are changing that anyway though). Pretty much all aspects of the game fall apart once you leave a city. If you don’t understand or have never played in a rural area then I really don’t care what you have to say. As Chris Denton said, you haven’t experienced it so you have no idea what you are talking about.

          • Dan

            I actually have experienced it. I played in rural. I had to walk longer to get spawns, sure, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not playable.

          • Florian

            If you think walking 5km to get a pigey or weedle is playable then that’s your opinion. I disagree

          • Dan

            Also, this is the FIRST official event in South Korea. As in, you know, never having one there before.

  • Mathew Axford

    spoofers…spoofers everywhere

    • Josh Hack

      The game won’t get anywhere if we only focus on Spoofers. Let’s move on for once, ok?

      • peponzio

        Yes, it is ok to violate the ToS, cheat and have advantages because there are other things to focus on. If only some mechanics weren’t being delayed due to spoofing breaking them as soon as they come out. Guess we should focus on other things that spoofing isn’t directly or indirectly accountable for.

        Also, when you stop the fight you lose the war. Allowing something that is strictly forbidden, even if only momentarily, will only give it an edge and a niche to hang on to as an excuse for its presence. As it stands right now the statement is “GPS spoofing violates the ToS and will make your account subject to termination, the work to stop this continues”. Niantic has never stated they have to move on to focus on other things, and neither should we.

        • Josh Hack

          It’s just a game bro, chill for a bit. It’s a children’s game, and I don’t see any kids complaining.

          • Edwin Fung

            Josh Hack Don’t forget they’re brainwashed by Mystic7, TrainerTips and Reversal.

          • peponzio

            I have no idea what any of them do or say in their videos, all I know is they are on youtube. All I do is Go hub, local whatsapp, and occasional Nianticlabs website.

            The rest is common sense, honour and respect.

          • Josh Hack

            What you should actually remember is that people blow Spoofers far out of proportion. Niantic are just incompetent and cannoli anything on time. It’s not Spoofers fault that there’s no trading, it’s Niantic’s.

          • peponzio

            Perhaps people blow spoofers far out of proportion. Or perhaps spoofers do not want to give the their actions the proportion they are actually causing.

            At this point who cares apparently.

            There’s always two sides to everything

          • Edwin Fung

            If Niantic knows spoofers can never be wiped out, why they still wasting time on dealing with them?

          • peponzio

            Oh they can be wiped out. But a great action receives a great reaction. Its a careful thread to walk.

          • Edwin Fung

            Ok how can you prove spoofers can be wiped out?

          • peponzio

            How can you proof they can’t? Dude this is neverending. Whatever happens will happen and you and I don’t matter.

          • Josh Hack

            They cannot do it on Apple due to Apple’s security restrictions, and on Android there are seemingly unlimited options. It’s hopeless fighting against them.

          • peponzio

            Yeah, sure it’s impossible.

          • Edwin Fung

            So you’ve got the answer. Of course the answer is *No*.

          • peponzio

            Such a smart kid.

        • Edwin Fung

          If Niantic keep tracking down spoofers, Pokemon GO will turn into darkness. The only thing Niantic can help Pokemon GO to be a sustainable/long-lasting game is to respond the fanbase by adding new features and systems.

          • peponzio

            Which they do, except it takes them longer because Niantic is dedicating time, resources, and efforts into solving most forms of cheating. And that is exactly the problem.

            All players, spoofers or not, want more content, new content. But Niantic has to make decisions about times and ways to release new mechanics. Account buying is already a problem, imagine how much worse it’d become when trading becomes available and buying becomes PER pokemon. Imagine abilities becoming a thing, you can’t change a pokemon’s ability like you can change their attacks, realizing your pokemon may not have the desired ability while someone else has five perfect versions of it.

            It’s also a complete waste to have regional pokemon and country events currently, and everyone is complaining about it of course. Players who spoof have access to regionals and events and they complain when the event is closed with QR codes. Non spoofers complain because it is expensive to travel, while regretting internally not becoming spoofers.

            But the truth is the game has a way, a purpose. And spoofing is making it pointless. Guys can’t you picture a world where pokemon becomes a part of real life? Can’t cultures of the world come together and share some fun and fantasy? I’d love for Dia de Muertos to come together with Pokemon (not mix), players to see incredible human heritage.

            Can you picture from the comfort of your home the amount of players and people enjoying a drink or sharing experiences insite of an event? Can you imagine the inside of a Safari Zone mall, filled with pokemon stuff, discounts, interesting people and players.

          • Josh Hack

            I would love to imagine being with other players at a Safari event, but unfortunately i’m 14 And Have no income compared to the majority of the player base who are in their early 20’s

          • Edwin Fung

            I’m slightly older than you but we’re in the same situation.

          • peponzio

            It is nice to know you guys are advocating for violation of terms and general cheating from such a young age. If it is not apparently hurting others then it is fine to break the rules, that’s the lesson right?

          • Josh Hack

            Once again, it’s not like we’re cheating in exams it just a game. Who really cares at the end of the day?

          • peponzio

            Lol, exams. So important. Cheating is cheating.

            I have an idea how about when you’re old enough (not because of your age but because I do not condone gambling at a young age) you go to Las Vegas and cheat in the casinos. Dude it’s just a game, I’m sure they’ll understand.

          • Josh Hack

            Casinos are a waste of money, in every way

          • peponzio

            Statistically speaking you are correct. That does not deter the point that cheating is cheating.

          • Edwin Fung

            Gambling is unrelated to Pokemon GO.

          • peponzio

            So are exams. Come on.

          • Edwin Fung
          • peponzio

            I don’t need to. Dude again I couldn’t care less what you do. It’s the support you’re giving I’m not ok with.

            Also it’s cute you took the time to do this.

          • Edwin Fung

            No I don’t support spoofing. Spoofing is actually violating ToS. However, I can’t see any gain after tackling with it. How about hackers? Niantic has never faced up to the problem of hackers.

          • peponzio

            Now that we can agree on. Niantic definitely has a lot on their plate. Spoofing is so readily available due to hackers and what have you not.

            It is a bold move to claim they have never faced up hackers. The blacklist was a partial move though useless of course. Now a whitelist… is out of the question unfortunately.

            Truth is we can assume many things and back up with real incidents. But Niantic is the only one who knows what, how and when they are doing things. We are blindly trying to guess something they want to describe without uttering a single word.

          • Edwin Fung

            When I created a poll on ‘Which types of players do you hate the most?’, 55% of the voters voted against hackers. So you get what I mean? If you don’t trust me, you may check it out from the Forum. My account name is Yoshi.

          • peponzio

            I have no reason to doubt you, so far you always provide insightful reasoning. And I do get what you mean it’s just that we can’t agree on priorities, in the end it’s nowhere near our decision.

            Niantic is wasting time fighting spoofers on a nearly individual case for they are a symptom and not the sickness. That is what I understand you mean, perhaps I’m missing something or am plain wrong and didn’t understand you.

            I guess what I’m trying to say is that Niantic is its own entity and we suggesting to know better is not in hte least accurate. Is that an excuse for Niantic’s actions and reasoning? No. Are they doing things as it should be done? Who are we to truly know and evaluate them.

            Is everyone unsatisfied in some way? Yes. Should Niantic be worried? Yes. Are they? They seem to be worried.

          • Edwin Fung

            I think Niantic has been receiving overloads of complaints this week. You may guess the reason behind it.

          • peponzio

            I just might. Was it the blacklist? No wait that’s old news. Is it the Pokemon Go Week in South Korea? Wait, that’s just been announced. Hmm, ahh got it! It’s the Gen 3 gradually until december!

            Did I get it?

          • Edwin Fung

            Nearly correct. However, the answer is Halloween event. People are complaining that the Halloween event this year is under their expectation. It is reflected on the players activity. Nobody discuss about the event as they’ve already captured gen 3 dark type Pokemon. We all expect Niantic to improve the quality of gameplay, but in fact Niantic let players down again.

          • peponzio

            You know what? It does feel a little bit of a letdown. Last year Halloween was somehow more thrilling, maybe because it was one of the first events with global bonuses.

            But it had less interesting pokemons like meowth and zubat and even pikachu was absent. This year has more content and somehow feels worse. Not even witch hat pikachu is lifting the spirits (even if he could do curses and spells he wouldn’t be able to lift our spirits).

            Double candy is good and all but it’s not getting us far or bringing something new, it’s just grinding. Hopefully Thanksgiving with double XP will be a little more exciting.

            And Niantic should definitely release more Gen 3 pokemon in Thanksgiving. It doesn’t make any sense but I want more Gen 3.

            I want all Gen 3. Gradual is grim.

        • Chris Seals

          You obviously don’t know how GPS fakers work. They make your phone think it’s somewhere else before the app even gets involved. It’s not possible to stop GPS spoofing. Spoofers aren’t detectable unless they make careless mistakes, such as traveling from Tokyo to Los Angeles in two hours.

          • peponzio

            And I am glad I don’t know how GPS fakers work, but I do have a swift notion. And it seems you’re the one out of the loop.

            There are several apps that work WHILE playing the app (pokemon go) with a so called joystick. There are apps that fix your location and then you open the app get what you want go back and repeat, that is correct. But the other kind that actually force themselves on top of the game so that you can constantly change your position WHILE playing that’s truly unsettling.

            You need apps that change your GPS for whatever (not including cheating), fine. You put them on top of the game and pretend it’s fine, well it’s not. And yes carelessness means detection and so does joystick whateverers.

            Also careless mistakes, really? Doing it on purpose then pretending it’s fine unless they catch you is the worst kind of mentality, the most toxic at least.

          • Chris Seals

            What are you even talking about? I only commented on how the thing works. I made no such comments about pretending it’s fine unless they catch you. I stated the way spoofing is detectable vs the way it is not. Maybe it’s time to re-examine your assumptions. I never offered an opinion on whether spoofing is good or bad.

          • peponzio

            I never linked those words with your opinions (because there were none), all I did was mention that careless mistakes are closely related to doing something on purpose because it seems fine until the action is caught. Never said you do it, never said you think it.

            That mentality is toxic. I never said you had that mentality. You linked it to spoofers which may or may not feel that way with their undetectability while careful. All I said is that it’s a fine line. And not a good lesson to live.

            By the way, whenever I used the word “you” I was referring to a hypothetical being doing the mentioned deeds; I never meant you personally. Guess I should be careful with that.

        • Chris Denton

          I think you overlooked 1 very important word and it’s spiraled into an off topic discussion. The word I’m referring to is “only”. In that sentence he is not saying stop caring about spoofers. He is saying no good will come from solely focusing on spoofing.

          Also, they are just kids bro, chill a little. Cheaters suck. No one is arguing that.

          • peponzio

            And I don’t think that is the context of the entire statement. The issue was the “let’s move on for once” part. Of course no good will come from solely focusing on spoofers, we all agree on many things to be improved regardless of our gameplay.

            The whole point of the discussion was that hiding the dust under the rug does not make a clean room.

            And I don’t believe they are just kids. They are smart people with strong opinions that deserve to be heard and that wish to know the responses to their thoughts. I may disagree with their opinions and it is only fair that we come to a conclusion. Even if no stand changed.

          • Chris Denton

            Ok, man. I’m pretty tired of hearing about spoofers all the time as well but in no way does that mean I support cheating. You know what I mean?

            At a certain point, you have to wonder if it is worth the constant cat and mouse between cheaters and niantic to have no content in the game.

            The game is only playable in areas that ingress is played. That’s a huge number of players that can’t even play in their areas. I would think trying to make the game playable for those people would decrease the number of spoofers in general. If the game was playable everywhere then I could see a blanket permanent ban. But as the game is now, I don’t think a ban is the solution.

            There are issues that are more important then devoting all resources to spoofers. Again, I’m not supporting spoofing.

            There is an inherent problem with creating a game that rewards you differently depending on where you are located. As long as that is how spawns are implemented, there will be spoofers.

          • peponzio

            It’s definitely a tough nut to crack, man. My personal opinion is that something like spoofing can never be set aside as a “to do later” problem. The same way hacking cannot be set aside, the same way bots, etc, etc.

            Because the problem is that once it is allowed, even if only momentarily, it gains rights to coexist.

            There is soooo much more that could be worked and improved on, but Niantic has to make that final decision. Will it cut spoofing a break and let it stay for a while? Will it redirect resources meant to stop spoofing into other areas? Will it be fine permanently?

            Maybe Niantic will incorporate some form of flying eventually and make spoofing obsolete. Who knows.

            Maybe I’m just too harsh against spoofers. It’s just, to me, it doesn’t feel right.

          • Chris Denton

            It’s as tough as they make it 🙂

            I’d like to know what the plans are so I can decide if I want to continue to support the game with my money.

            It’s not that you are too harsh, I hate cheaters as much as the next guy, but the game just doesn’t work for many areas so there is the choice of spoofing or not seeing anything. I have stuck it out legit but I fear many have not.

            If niantics resources are spread to thin, it’s time to add some more resources.

            I agree that spoofing shouldn’t be allowed but if that is what is preventing niantic from giving us any content, it’s not worth it, IMO.

  • peponzio

    Yes, only 100+ more events like this so all countries can enjoy some form of event. (There are about 129 countries playing pokemon go, minus the few that have already received some form of event, plus around 60+ potential countries that could join the game in the following years, however unlikely).

  • Zekai Liao

    sorry,may I ask is that means everyone in Seoul has the chance to catch legendary birds or we need tickets?

  • Heero Yuy

    I am just upset that the region exclusives didn’t stay exclusive to their region. Defeats the whole purpose of the AR world they want to create. The POGO community is slowly dividing and becoming lame due to all the bickering about locations of events or lack thereof. Niantic had a good idea for a game but has been poorly executed for over a year now.

  • FatJonah

    This event is just going to be spoofer heaven

  • NAME NOT FOUND

    Why not just say “POKEMON GO EVEN IN SOUTH KOREA” instead of giving an unnecessary explanation that there are two Koreas

  • Verity

    They really need to do something for us in the Southern Hemisphere, preferably Australia

  • zak ev

    What about today? there’s nothing until this moment in Seoul
    What’s happened for event ?

  • ASHU MANIAC

    IT WAS SAID THAT THERE IS MR MIME AND UNOWN WILL BE SPAWNING THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY OF SOUTH KOREA DURING THE EVENT. I HAVEN’T SEEN ONE ANY WHERE ANY OF U U HAVE SEEN IT IN ANYONE SEEN IT