GameStop has just announced a partnership with Niantic’s Pokémon GO. In the partnership, approximately 500 GameStop store locations will be activated on Pokémon GO as PokeStops OR Pokémon Gym locations. They will “become part of the real world board” in November and December 2020, January and February 2021.
GameStop released information about Pokémon Gym and Pokestop update for Pokémon GO with a big bold notice. The warning pointed to the COVID-19 security page. The notice with the link is as follows: “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to check GameStop’s security protocols here or contact your local store representative to find out more.”
GameStop doesn’t just want Pokémon GO users to come near your store to activate a Pokestop or join a Pokémon Gym. They made it clear that “GameStop offers a real-life scenario for encounters with Pokémon during the Pokémon GO players’ journey . ” The company’s PR also wrote: “This partnership was created to motivate trainers to further explore the world around them and provide the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest Pokémon products on their local GameStop.”
As with all activities mentioned in or with SlashGear, we recommend that you avoid crowds or unmasked individuals whenever possible. Large groups of Pokémon GO trainers are no less acceptable for COVID-19 or any other coronavirus than any other group of people. There is no point in dying for going to GameStop to enter a Pokémon Gym and buy a bunch of Pokémon products.
You could, however, most likely access the Pokémon GO GameStop locations without actually entering the physical store. As with all Pokestops and Pokémon Gym locations, there is an access radius greater than the physical limits of the building. You must be able to play outdoors.
In the case of a GameStop at a mall, it is probably best to skip the stop altogether. If you avoided shopping last year, this is not a good enough reason to break your streak!