Two days ago we reported on a leaked Starbucks memo that suggested the company would be teaming up with Niantic for a Pokémon GO promotion, and that new Pokémon were headed to the popular app. Niantic has confirmed that they’ll reveal the new lineup of Pokémon on December 12th, and today they’ve also confirmed their partnership with Starbucks.
Starting today, over 7,800 company-operated Starbucks locations in the US will become PokéStops or Gyms, and Starbucks is now offering the Pokémon GO Frappuccino for a limited time. Here’s Niantic’s official announcement:
We are happy to announce that Starbucks is now an official partner of Pokémon GO.
Starbucks has a long-standing commitment to providing spaces for social interaction and real-world community building in its extensive network of locations. We appreciate their role in creating safe, welcoming locations for people from all walks of life to come together for refreshment and social engagement. Starting 11 A.M. PST on December 8th, this new partnership will transform 7,800 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States into PokéStops and Gyms, giving Trainers even more places to play and to engage with their local Pokémon GO communities. And to cap it all off, Starbucks is creating a special-edition Pokémon GO Frappuccino® for everyone!
Whether you’re on your daily morning commute or just out exploring your neighborhood with your loved ones, make sure you collect items from the new Starbucks PokéStops or battle in the new Gyms with your favorite Pokémon!