Pokémon GO’s PokéStop And Gym Contributions Temporarily Disabled Due To ‘Overwhelming Response’

Niantic launched PokéStop and Gym contributions this week, then quickly disabled the feature due to an “overwhelming response.”

It might be the holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped Niantic from keeping extra busy rolling out new features on Pokémon GO. This makes sense since many trainers are home from school and work for an extended period, some of which will be desperate to get out of the house, Niantic can lock in as many Pokémon GO players as possible at this time of year.

Buddy Adventure launched earlier this month, which has likely had trainers all tied up for a bunch of new reasons. More Gen V Pokémon have been unleashed into the wild, too, as part of Pokémon GO‘s most recent Holiday event. Like we said, plenty of new features to keep trainers busy as we head into what will be a jam-packed 2020 for Pokémon GO.

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Some of Pokémon GO‘s elder statesmen were also tasked with another new feature: PokéStop and Gym contributions. As the name of the new feature suggests, contributions allow trainers to “suggest improvements to PokéStop and Gym information, such as titles, descriptions, and photos.” However, only trainers who have reached level 40 are able to make these suggestions.

Well, they were. The game quickly returned to awarding no one that ability after an “overwhelming response,” as was revealed by Niantic on Twitter. PokéStop and Gym contributions were launched on December 26, 2019, and then disabled less than four hours later, presumably due to the game’s new feature not being able to keep up with the high demand. Four days later, and there’s has still been no word from Niantic on when PokéStop and Gym contributions will return to the game, or in what form.

Since Niantic tends to have a pretty good handling on things when Pokémon GO struggles with high demand, we’re willing to give it the benefit of the doubt on this one. The last time the game had a major issue was when it launched in 2016 and Niantic didn’t expect it to explode worldwide in the way that it did. Plus, as we said above, trainers have plenty of other stuff to keep them occupied while the contributions feature is being fixed.

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