Niantic's Pokémon Go Fest Lounge is a virtual space to hang out

Pokemon Go Fest Key Art
Pokemon Go Fest Key Art (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • One of the key social features to Pokémon Go Fest and other Niantic live events are team lounges.
  • Team lounges serve as places where players can take a break and connect with others.
  • As Pokémon Go Fest 2020 will be entirely virtual, team lounges will be recreated virtually as well.

Niantic recently announced that Pokémon Go Fest 2020 would be a global, entirely virtual event to support social distancing efforts. This has meant significant changes in how this event runs. Some of these changes are for the better, such as removing ticket caps. Other changes, however necessary, are less appealing for an event built around social connection and group activity. While nothing will replace the team lounges of live events - places where players could take a break together, make new friends, and discuss their love of the game - Niantic does plan on offering an alternative this year.

In an attempt to recreate more of the feel of previous Pokémon Go Fests, Niantic is building a microsite featuring virtual team lounges. Much like the real world team lounges, this site will be a place where players from all around the world will be able to share their love of Pokémon. Also like the real world lounges, they won't be restricted by team, but there will be fun team specific things for players in their individual lounges as well. There will be fun event themed activities and even giveaways.

Are you excited to connect with new friends and old ones in your very own Pokémon Go Fest lounge? What sort of Pokémon themed fun do you think Niantic has in store? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.