Later this month, Pokémon Go players will get rewards for picking up garbage. Today, developer Niantic unveiled a series of events that take place on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. Since the game is so good at getting people to meet in public spaces, the developer is partnering with local NGOs around the world to encourage that behavior, and then get the players to come together to clean up those spaces. And the more people that appear and help, the greater the rewards will be within the game.
Here are the details of Niantic:
All coaches will receive access to a special avatar element to celebrate Earth Day and those who work together to participate in cleanups around the world will unlock unique rewards in the game for everyone. If 1,500 trainers attend events around the world, it will unlock 2 times the capture star dust for pokémon from land, water and grass for 48 hours. If more than 3,000 coaches participate in the clean-up events, it will unlock 3 times the dust of capture stars for Pokémon of earth, water and grass for 48 hours for coaches from around the world.
The previous live events of the game have not been especially easy, but it's good to see that Niantic tries to use Pokémon Go for a good cause. "Earth Day is an incredible movement and the opportunity to team up with friends and neighbors to focus on making the world and our own communities healthy and sustainable," Niantic CEO John Hanke said in a statement. . There will be a total of 37 events throughout this month in 12 countries. You can find the full list here. The news follows a major update of the game last week, which added new story missions and daily quests.