Play Pokémon Go while enjoying your cup of coffee at Starbucks

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Since the release of Pokémon Go, Niantic – the company behind it – is the undisputed leader of location-based gaming. Despite the drop of the hype, many companies still see a marketing potential in this geo-augmented technology that within a few weeks gathered a community of millions players around the world.

It was a brilliant strategy to promote particular locations during the biggest hype (what McDonald did in a couple of countries) but for many companies the value is still there. In December Starbucks decided to join the Pokémon Go movement. The company has set up PokéStops and Gyms in 7,800 coffee shops in the U.S. Additionally sponsored locations offer a dedicated Pokémon Go Frappuccino with extra blackberries topped with whipped cream! Nice!

Although the application is no longer one of the most active, it proves that there is still a room for progress and creativity. The possibilities are enormous and even the biggest players, such as Apple are interested in the development of AR map-based technologies. I have a feeling this will not end up on promoting fast food chains but this is just the beginning of something huge. But enough of forecasting. Let’s enjoy the aroma of fresh beans for a few minutes…

Wiktor Kostrzewski

What defines me is a mix of curiosity combined with a bit of of fun. I believe that the spatial data and the technologies associated with them are what I’m looking for. Fortunately for us, we live in times where the exchange of digital information blossoming before our eyes. That is why, I am here with you, sharing my fascination with all that is “geo”, because I know that the interaction with others is what shapes me every day.