Recently, Niantic took advantage of Halloween to do a special event for Pokemon GO. With any number of special bonuses and rewards offered in honor of the holiday, many users were more than happy to return to the game. In fact, it would seem that the Halloween event was actually quite beneficial financially for Niantic, as they were able to earn $23 million just between October 25 until October 29.
According to iTech Post, it is this success that will most likely see Pokemon GO offering a Thanksgiving event and quite possibly a Christmas one as well. The tech company is apparently interested in taking advantage of the holiday season and that means using the holidays to their advantage. Based on current information circulating, it seems that Niantic is going to stick with what worked for the Halloween event and replicate the bonuses and rewards offered then, but using a Thanksgiving theme instead.
While the Thanksgiving event is just speculation at this time, the information regarding the possibility of it happening comes from a source who accurately predicted the Halloween themed event. The planning for the next Pokemon GO holiday event is not yet complete at this point, and yet it will reportedly run for a full week.
The Inquistr reports that some of the benefits of the Thanksgiving event would include an increase in spawning of certain types of Pokemon, being able to earn candies for buddy Pokemon quicker and even a doubling of candies for Pokemon that are transferred or caught. On top of these benefits, there are also some rumors that the way candies are ultimately rewarded in Pokemon GO might be changed in some manner. Even which Pokemon might be spawned more often has apparently been determined for the holiday. For Halloween, the game chose Pokemon with a particular spooky back story to appear more often and for Thanksgiving it would seem there are already a number of suitable characters ready to go.
Although the possibility of a Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event seems to be mostly a rumor at this point, there are plenty of details already available in terms of what players can expect. There is also the success of the recent Halloween event to go off of in terms of probability of Niantic moving forward with their holiday themes. With so many players taking advantage of the recent holiday event, it just makes sense that the game would choose to use the holiday season to its full effect.
Did you take part in the Pokemon GO Halloween event? Will you take part in a Thanksgiving one if it happens? Is there anything in particular you would want to see in the holiday event? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
By Dorothea James
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