Recently, we’ve noticed that several different locations throughout Tulsa have been losing their PokeStops left and right. The Farm Shopping Center, St. Francis, The Hard Rock and more. Why have they been removed?
Some users believe that these PokeStops have been removed per the request of property managers – however, The Farm Shopping Center commented stating, “The game was dropped here without notice and was removed without any notice. We just came in this morning and saw that no one was around.” Other businesses are stating variations of the same statement. Private Property owners have had the ability to request PokeStops since the start of Pokemon Go, but business agree, they have not filled these requests.
This is unfortunate news following the removal of the three step feature, changing the refresh rate from an already increased 5 seconds to 10 seconds, and a serious lack of communication to players from Niantic.
Speculation states that the removal of PokeStops is connected to the recent lawsuit due to trespassing on Private Property – Looks like Niantic is attempting to be proactive and taking care of stops on Private Property so that no further issues are caused.
You want to know the worst part about this? Users are going to business pages and giving them poor ratings due to these changes. As a player myself, I feel that we are going after the wrong guy. We should be attempting to talk to Niantic and not telling businesses who don’t have anything to do with the changes that we are upset with them. The Farm also stated that they are aware of the lawsuit, but are not apart of it.
Tulsa Pokemon Go players – let’s continue to support local business. They’ve allowed us to play, we should respect their locations until we find out more.