Yes, people are still playing Pokemon Go, and it actually may have gained popularity during the COVID pandemic.

If you're not familiar with Pokemon Go, it's a phone-based augmented reality game that allows players to catch, train, and battle Pokemon. If you're not sure what Pokemon are at all, you can learn more here.

Pokemon Go launched in July of 2016, and since then it has had over one billion global downloads. During the last few years, the games the monthly active users has exceeded over 147 million. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, the game had to change a lot of its elements.

One of the main points of Pokemon Go is to be active. To get outside and walk around, and visit new places. But as the world started to lock down because of COVID-19, those elements of the game had to be changed. So the developers started reworking parts of the game, and made it easier for players to adventure without having to break quarantine or social distance rules. Those changes led to a resurgence in the game.

Earlier this year, after the changes to make it easier to play with friends from a distance were put in, the game saw in-game spending increase by 70%!

With the resurgence in popularity among players, the game was cooking again. Tons of people were playing, and finding an outlet to communicate and interact with their friends. People were able to now play at Pokestops and Gyms from their cars, which allowed people to get out of the house, without having to interact with anyone else.

So with more people coming back to the game, or picking it up for the first time, we thought we'd point out some of the best places to play Pokemon Go in the Shreveport-Bossier area.