Niantic’s community managers on reddit shared how the upcoming Gym Rework will be released, focusing on the days following up to release.

According to /u/NianticIndigo (verified as Niantic official), all Pokémon that are currently placed in a Gym will be returned to their respective Trainers. This process will be publicly announced well ahead of it’s start and Trainers will be able to collect coins the last day.

We’ll be sure to provide an advanced warning for when Gyms will be unavailable as we draw closer to the update. Also, it may be worth noting that when Gyms are temporarily disabled, all Pokémon will return to their Trainers. Stay tuned for more information! – source

Furthermore, John Hanke confirmed that Pokémon GO has been downloaded 750 million times in the past 12 months:

“It’s been an incredible first year for Pokémon GO thanks to the passion and dedication from the global Trainer community,” said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, Inc. “As part of the first anniversary, we’ll be giving players around the world the chance to enjoy fun in-game events, engage with friends and other Trainers at real-world events, and much more.”

Smaller, but not less important, news

In addition to this, several details were clarified and debated in the past few hours:

  • “Gyms will be disabled from June 16 onwards” – this was a mistranslation in the official Italian post, it was since removed from that version, but it’s still present in the Japanese post.
  • “July 2nd is not the confirmed release date of the Gym Rework” – this was a date accidentally appearing on the German version of the official post, still not clear what it means
  • The official image for the Pokémon GO FEST in Chicago features two oddities: Heracross and Unown (!). Heracross is not observed to spawn in that area and the ! version of Unown is not released yet:
  • The previously reported advertisement in London and NYC were related to the anniversary celebration, as clarified by Niantic in their press release
  • Hopefully the spoofers get banned before the Gym Rework, cause everybody will get out of the gyms… so well… I don’t know how it will work, but I hope they get banned >:D

    • BearMaster

      I hope they move the gyms. I’ve never spoofed, but if I understand how the process works changing the current gyms into pokestops, then converting an equal number of nearby pokestops into gyms would slow the spoofers down for a few days.

      • Kyle Lambing

        That would only stop people using bots, not spoofers. Spoofers are still moving their character around and ‘choosing’ their GPS coordinates, botters are have an AI play for them that would know where pokestops/gyms are. But I still don’t think this would effect anything, and they would find a way around in in minutes

        • the2000guy

          Niantic need to limit the number of gyms a player can defende at the time to a max of 15. That will start limiting player to get 50+ gyms. Also, they have to look for players that have their nickname and add numbers like potato1, potato2 etc or carrot101, carrot102 etc and verify their location to address bot accounts faster than just waiting until they use the software to ban them as quickly as possible. At least we expect from Niantic a max number of same Pokemon per gym which is a good start and a combination of the max gyms held by player will be better. In my country I have players that hold over 100 gyms per players and they took over the whole country and players with low levels cant play gyms because are full of Blisseys!!!

    • Dan McLeod

      Many of them got banned or accidentally updated their phones here. It’s nice.

  • Stuart King

    Spoofers are alive and well now and maps are still going, filled with bots.

  • Chloe

    Yep the spoofers are still at large where I live (rural U.K.) I hope they get wiped out but doubt it somehow…

    • the2000guy

      Start limiting the numer of gyms can defend to 15 and limiting the amount of same Pokemon per Gym to 2. That will be a good start.

      • Jesse

        Feed them each day helps.

  • Fox

    Brasil sempre o ultimo da lista para qualquer coisa… Ter q correr quilômetros só pra pegar um Pokestop do dia tá ficando muito chato. Acho q vou parar de jogar não vale a pena andar tanto e ver mais do mesmo ou nada de novo. Tem cidades no estrangeiro que não precisa nem sair de casa pra pegar um Larvitar, Dragonite, Mareep entre outros aqui tenho que me deslocar pra algum parque bem conhecido pra conseguir uma coisa ou outra de legal e nem isso. Muito tempo perdido que chato.

  • Holden Reed Newcomer

    I’m not gonna believe anything that comes from Reddit that isnt confirmed by the official Niantic website,

  • Stan Hansen

    The Gyms in Pokemon Go are so boring that I don’t understand anyone wants to play there. I have thrown away hundreds of potions to get more room for berries and pokeballs. Niantic should make gyms places where you can fight against each other in the good old Pokemon game style. What’s the fun of keep tapping your phone fast and dodging to win a match? I got bored after a handful of matches and have never seen been in a gym since. The rest of the game is fun though and keeps you going, but Niantic will have to introduce new generations more often or they will loose superusers like me. Only so many times you wanna catch the same Pokemon again and again. When you caught all the possible ones and get tired of looking for Unowns you just stop playing one day. Fire and Ice! No way – been there, done that too many times already.

  • Z Wright

    I will lose my 2061 vaporeon which has stayed in a gym for 3 days now?

    • Zachary Michael

      You won’t loose it, it will just be returned to you.

  • Joseph Cohen

    In the above image, does anyone know what is circled directly above Venusaur?

  • Chase Gebhardt

    I’ll finally get my Gyrados back that’s been gymed since November. Woo hoo!