If you’re a Pokemon GO player living in a metropolitan area, chances are you’re surrounded by Pokestops and Gyms. For those in more rural areas, though, stocking up on items by visiting Pokestops or duking it out at Gyms proves to be a little more difficult. That might all be changing soon, as Niantic has given Pokemon GO players the tools to suggest locations that would make for good Pokestops or Gyms.
To suggest a Gym or Pokestop locations, players need to fill out a form on Niantic’s Pokemon GO support site. It’s there that they’ll be asked to give a reason for wanting to add that particular location to the already long list of Pokestops and Gyms, with one of the options being “No Pokestops or Gyms near me.” This will be a great help for people who want to play the game but are limited in what they can do because they live in lower population areas.
On the other hand, if you have a Pokestop or Gym located on your personal property, you can also use this form to request that it be removed. Ever since the launch of Pokemon GO, we’ve heard stories from folks who have discovered that their house is a Gym or Pokestop, with some being more tolerant than others of the inevitable groups of Pokemon trainers showing up on their property. Just as well, if you see a Pokestop or Gym that’s in a dangerous location, you can use this form to report it and possibly get it removed. Finally, players can use the form to report stops or Gyms that no longer exist or any issues they’re having with Gym battles.
It’s great to see Niantic offer up this form to Pokemon GO players, but it would probably be best to temper your expectations, as the company does ultimately have the final say in whether or not Pokestops or Gyms are added to the game. Still, having a resource available to request the removal of locations that shouldn’t be flagged in the game will be a welcome relief to homeowners who don’t like the fact that Pokemon GO players are visiting their houses in droves. You can find submission form to make a request right here.