POKÉMON Go is part of the Pokémon World Championships in London for the first time, and it’s an embarrassing first for the popular mobile game.
Ever since Go Battle League was added to Pokémon Go in 2020, the mode has been plagued with crashes, bugs, and connection issues.
While developer Niantic has often told the community they’re working on the issues, Pokémon Go’s competitive mode is far from perfect.
These topics were brought to the big stage for the first time this year at the European Championships in Frankfurt.
The show was riddled with a slew of technical issues that put a damper on the competition.
Niantic paused the competitive mode leaderboard for a season to focus on the online battle system.
This was done in hopes of stabilizing the game so that it would be sport-ready for the World Cup.
However, it appears that those efforts were in vain as Pokémon Go failed to launch on the first day of the competition.
The Last Chance qualifier was delayed by two hours because the game was running so slowly that participants couldn’t attend a match.
Although only nine games were scheduled for the day, they took over seven hours to complete, although each game lasted just a matter of minutes.
Any competitive integrity fell by the wayside once players got into a match.
Some players lost control of their Pokemon or their attacks were severely delayed, causing prepared strategies to fall apart quickly.
While Niantic and The Pokémon Company clearly want Pokémon Go to be taken seriously as a competitive game with great potential for esports, this appearance at the Worlds shows it just isn’t ready yet.
With a bit of forethought, the event could have set up a stable internet connection and server for attendees, which would have solved all these problems.
The Pokémon Go community is clearly disappointed with this debut, as it supports the idea that mobile gaming doesn’t belong in the competitive esports arena.
Despite the embarrassment Pokémon Go endures at the championships, fans have shared their joy at the ongoing events for the world’s most popular mobile game.
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Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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