PokeStop submissions leak in Pokemon GO network traffic, soon to be live in Brazil and South Korea


Trainers, hold on to your seats! Chrales, the regular Pokemon GO network traffic analyst has found traces of an upcoming Pokemon GO update, and more importantly, traces of an upcoming PokeStop submission feature!

Holly molly, this will be exciting! The following strings were found in the translation files downloaded by the app:

POI SUB TITLE EMPTY TOAST ERROR Please enter a PokeStop title.
POI SUB TITLE SHORT TOAST ERROR Please enter a complete title.
POI SUB DESC EMPTY TOAST ERROR Please enter a PokeStop description.
POI SUB DESC SHORT TOAST ERROR Please enter a complete description.

As usual, the network traffic contains key-value pairs that represent elements of in-game UI, with keys usually describing where the text is being used. In this leak, the keys are actually revealing a lot:

  • POI SUB => Stands for Point of Interest Submission
  • TITLE / DESC => We know you will be able to submit a Title and Description for the POI
  • TOAST => The UI uses a toast element to render the error

And alas, the values that these keys hold are unmistakably referencing PokeStops. Charles also tweeted out new strings that indicate a new update is on it’s way:

Total Activity, Badge Progress and new Journal Entries are apparently part of the new update.

UPDATE: Digging around Niantic’s website reveals a few new images of the new POI submission system, including a limit of 5 daily submissions (could be test data).

Selecting a location
Picture capture icon
Surrounding area
Surrounding area
POI Review
POI Review via OPR
Describe location
Describe location
Pokemon GO POI Submission
Pokemon GO POI Submission

UPDATE: Niantic has shared a blog post detailing their plan to release the POI submission system in Brazil and South Korea:

Coming soon, we’ll be rolling out the first beta test of the new PokéStop nomination system! This will be the first time that Trainers will be able to submit locations in Pokémon GO. Submissions will be evaluated for future inclusion in the game.

This feature will initially be limited to level 40 Trainers (child accounts excluded) in Brazil and South Korea.

Trainers who meet these initial requirements will be able to nominate potential PokéStops by submitting photographs and descriptions of the locations. Submissions will be reviewed by experienced users in the Ingress Operation Portal Recon (OPR) project.

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