‘Pokemon GO’ Partners With Sprint to Turn 10,500 Stores Into New PokeStops, Gyms

CEO of company behind game also says “details about the first addition of more Pokémon into ‘Pokémon GO'” are coming on Dec. 12

Last Updated: December 7, 2016 @ 4:27 PM

“Pokémon Go” is giving players the gift of over 10,500 new PokéStops and gyms in December through a partnership with Sprint.

“We are thrilled to announce that we are working with Sprint to create a special ‘Pokémon GO’ experience at over 10,500 Sprint locations around the United States,” John Hanke, CEO of game developer Niantic, announced Wednesday. “As part of this collaboration, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at Radioshack stores will become PokéStops and Gyms, giving you even more places to stock up on Poké Balls and Razz Berries and to battle your friends. Sprint locations will also feature in-store charging stations to keep your ‘Pokémon GO’ sessions going even longer.”

He also noted “a few new experiences and in-game events” coming before the New Year, and said that the company will reveal “details about the first addition of more Pokémon” into the game via its social media channels on Dec. 12.

The news of Sprint’s involvement with the popular augmented reality app comes after a leaked internal Starbucks memo that said, starting this Thursday, practically every U.S. location in the coffee franchise is turning into a Pokéstop or gym.

“By locating your store within the game, players will unlock the Pokémon GO Frappuccino Blended Beverage,” the “confidential” memo to baristas read, per a screenshot on Forbes. “We anticipate our participation in the game will encourage more customers to visit your store and increase number of transactions.”

Merry Christmas, trainers.