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Online Battles Coming to Pokemon GO in 2020

Online Battles Coming to Pokemon Go in 2020Soon, you won’t have to “go” anywhere to battle fellow players in Pokemon GO.

Niantic announced today it’ll be bringing online battles to the game in early 2020.

The system, called GO Battle League, hooks up players in two ways: via matchmaking and a ranked league. We guess this means that you can, indeed, become the very best like no one ever was.

Says Niantic:

We’re excited to announce the development of a feature that will build upon Trainer Battles, the current form of player vs. player battling that exists within Pokémon GO. This feature will be called GO Battle League.

Like many Pokémon GO features, GO Battle League will encourage players to get out and explore the world with Pokémon. Trainers will be able to walk in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League, then battle opponents from around the globe through an online matching system and rise in the ranks of the league. We hope this feature will make the Pokémon GO battling experience more competitive and accessible to more Trainers.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.