New Niantic event reveals incredible rewards … but not for everyone

POKEMON GO creators Niantic have revealed a fantastic new event, but news of this latest update to the game won’t be popular with all players.

Pokemon GO developers Niantic has sprung a surprise event on fans, but it’s unlikely to be popular with the majority of iOS and Android players, as only those in the US can join in and reap its fantastic rewards.

Currently, US mobile telecoms carrier Sprint has opened up their Japan Sweepstakes event for all eligible US residents, although it should be noted that you don’t need to be on Sprint to actually participate.

So far, there’s been limited information around the event itself, but a leaked internal marketing memo has provided some clarity on what it entails, when it starts and the massive prizes on offer.

The memo comes via The Pokemon GO Hub who have validated the information but state they’re unable to disclose the name “or any additional info on the source.”

“The event lasts from June 1 to July 7, 2017, and allows players to use 10 Trainer Reward points to participate in a lottery. Winners will be randomly selected on 12 July 2017.” explains the Pokemon GO Hub.

And anyone who does enter is sure to be pleased with the potential prizes on offer, with one person winning a trip to Japan. Here’s the full rundown:

Grand prize:

6 days (5 nights) for 1 winner and 3 guests to Yokohama, Japan
Additional: tickets to attend the Pikachu Outbreak
Travel is scheduled between 8/8/2017 and 8/16/2017

Other prizes:
2 x Samsung Galaxy S8
2 x iPhone 7 Plus
2 x Apple Watch
5 x mophie powerstation mini
Amazon Gift Cards

Hopefully, as the game begins to grow with each passing year, we might start to see more competitions and offers like this for other territories across the globe.

News of this change to the game comes as it’s being reported that Pokemon GO has made a major change to the game, with The Silph Road reporting that several species are no longer hatching from eggs.

“Two months ago, the Silph Research group discovered Pokemon GO’s secret egg rarity tiers and released a full rarity tier chart describing all currently hatchable eggs,” wrote The Silph Road website in a new blog yesterday evening.

“We are now confident that several less-desirable species have recently stopped appearing in eggs altogether, and other species have become more rare.”

It’s reported that players should stop seeing Tentacoo, Psyduck, Wooper, Natu, Sandshrew and Paras hatching from eggs.

“These species ceased appearing in new eggs at or soon after the beginning of the Grass-Type event on May 5th. Eggs acquired and hatched in the subsequent periods, including the Rock-Type event continued to lack these 6 species.”

In order to reach this conclusion, The Silph Road notes that a total of 3,081 eggs were collected following the Grass event by Silph Researchers to validate this latest research.

In addition, The Silph Road suggests that two of the more common hatches from 10km eggs (Dratini and Pineco) will now hatch far less frequently.

Looking towards the future, it might not be too long before players can experience some exciting new features as it was confirmed earlier this week that players can look forward to a Summer of Legendary Pokemon and PVP battles.

In a recent interview, Niantic VP of strategic partnerships Mathieu de Fayet confirmed that the Pokemon GO developers were looking to bring a major new update to the game this Summer.

Principally this would include the addition of Legendary Pokemon into the game, such as Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and more.

Talking to Brazilian newspaper O Globo (Translated via Go Nintendo) Fayet said:

“Due to the large success of the game, we had to delay some planned innovations.

“Right now we are working on some that are due to hit this summer (in the northern hemisphere), such as giving more value to the choice of the teams, releasing Legendary Pokémon and introducing PvP.”

“One thing we learned with Ingress was that the game can sustain itself if we are able to create social interactions amongst players, and we are working on that.”

With E3 2017 around the corner, it will also be interesting to see if Niantic will be in attendance to talk up these features. After all, where better to advertise one of the world’s biggest games, than at the world’s biggest gaming event in the calendar.