When Pokémon GO launched in Summer of 2016, many thought that we’re now as close to world peace as we can be. With millions of Trainers playing, this blissful era was a time of peace, chatting, meeting new people and having fun.
However, not everyone enjoyed the cultural phenomena, as a massive class action lawsuit was filed in late August 2016 against Niantic. The lawsuit included private property owners, park managers and homeowners that were disturbed by Pokémon GO players.
This Friday, September 6 2019, the lawsuit has been finalized, following a successful settlement, bringing a new set of rules and regulations to PokéStop, Niantic and the whole POI submission and review system. You can read the whole PokéStop lawsuit and settlement text here.
As a result of the settlement, Niantic is being forced to comply with several requests, many of which will significantly change PokéStop behavior, rules and safety regulations. Niantic will have to obey these new rules for at least three years from the final settlement date (this Friday).
With the PokéStop lawsuit now being finalized, these changes are in effect starting today. Niantic is likely going to update OPR as soon as possible with new warnings, and these new systems should be available on Niantic’s website soon (if they’re already not there).
Although this ruling has taken place in the US, we expect that these rules will be applied worldwide. For example, OPR reviewers will now be forced to spend more time checking whether or not a submission is near a private house, slowing down the already abysmally slow review process. We sure hope that park owners and administrator won’t be eager to disable PokéStops within their parks.
Stay tuned for further updates and developments.
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