If you’ve been wanting to pit your pokéskills against random people from around the world, then 2020 will be your time to shine, with Pokémon GO’s GO Battle League.
Since last year, Pokémon GO players have been able to engage in Trainer Battles with friends and other, nearby players, but the recently announced GO Battle League will open up your playing fields to a pool of international randos that you can find via online matchmaking.
There haven’t been many details released yet, but it seems that you will have to walk around in order to earn entry into the League and it will involve a ranking system for competitive play. More information will become available soon, in the form of a special Dev Insights video.
Pokémon GO released in 2016 to massive hype and loitering, earning $207 million in its first month of existence, as players took to shuffling around their neighbourhoods, trying to catch all the things. Player numbers have taken a dip since the initial surge, but new features and content have kept enough of them around that Niantic earned $2.2 billion in Pokémon GO revenue by the end of 2018 – shiny.
GO Battle League is set for release in early 2020.