Pokemon Go burst onto the gaming scene back in 2016. However, a lawsuit from then, regarding the location of PokeStops and gyms, is only close to being settled now.
The lawsuit originates from several homeowners suing Niantic due to how PokeStops caused Pokemon Go players to congregate near their house. These lawsuits have been consolidated into a class action lawsuit.
Niantic's inclusion of various PokeStops, and/or gyms, on or around private homes caused the lawsuit. Over two years later, it appears the lawsuit may be coming to a closure.
A settlement has been proposed, which if accept by a California federal judge, would result in Niantic having to be more cautious about how PokeStop and gyms work going forward.
The potential changes to PokeStops and gyms within Pokemon Go is substantial. The proposed settlement includes the following:
While Pokemon Go remains very popular to this day, and will almost certainly retain this popularity for a long time to come, the hype isn't what it was upon release. Consequently, the distress of these complaints, along with the number of them, may have lessened in 2019.
The proposed settlement was reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
A beta version of the PokéStop nomination feature is now available to level 40 Trainers in Vietnam! pic.twitter.com/a1hJ7XuoqT— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 14, 2019
Another feature that Niantic have been trialling for some time now is the ability to request new PokeStops and gyms. The ability to do this would alleviate, at least somewhat, the issue of urban players having more PokeStops available than rural players.
Interestingly, the addition of this feature would contradict the settlement to some degree. As a result this feature may need to be altered further before, and if, it gets release fully.