Niantic responded to the criticism from Pokémon GO PVP players by tweeting:
Trainers, Stardust prizes for GO Battle League will be increased to the same amount as in Season 7. Additionally, to compensate for the decreased Stardust in the previous week, end-of-season Stardust awards will be raised.
Shortly after the first tweet, they posted an update to the original GO Battle League Season 8 announcement on the Pokémon GO blog. The revised text now reads:
6/9/2021 UPDATE: Trainers, the Stardust prizes for GO Battle League have been raised to match the amount given at the conclusion of Season 7. The original decrease was an error, and we regret any difficulty it caused. To make up for the lost Stardust in the first week of the season, we’re boosting the end-of-season Stardust prizes to double what they were in Season 7. We’d like to thank the GO Battle League community for catching this mistake and alerting us to it so promptly.
ON THIS PAGE: Niantic apologizes for the decrease of GO Battle League Stardust and provides compensation.
Niantic seems to be saying that this was an error. Whatever occurred, this is a very fast reaction and resolution in comparison to previous (and continuing) issues in GO Battle League. According to the responses on the linked tweets above, there seems to be little pleasure with this game feature, with complaints ranging from the Stardust scenario to persistent slowness. As a dedicated Pokémon GO player but a casual PVP enthusiast who plays a set or two each day, I’ve seen that latency has reduced but is still visible and significant on a daily basis in GO Battle League.
The most common issue I’ve seen is when the game freezes, enabling your opponent to absorb damage while you are unable to inflict it. Hopefully, as Niantic continues to fine-tune GO Battle League, they will be able to make Pokémon GO’s PVP platform work as planned.
Niantic’s abrupt and uncalled-for nerf to the Stardust awards was slashed in half without any official notice or explanation, thus GO Battle League has been on many Trainers’ minds recently.
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When this was discovered and revealed, the PvP community was furious, as anticipated. Many people contemplated leaving GO Battle League as a form of protest until this problem was resolved.
Stardust in Pokemon GO
Stardust, perhaps one of the most difficult commodities to acquire in Pokémon GO, was suddenly reduced by a staggering 50% in GO Battle League for no apparent reason. This took everyone off guard; even those who do not participate in GO Battle League were irritated by this unneeded move.
Numerous individuals took to social media to express their dissatisfaction and to attempt to obtain an official explanation from Niantic, including many influencers such as ZyoniK, who produced a strong YouTube video urging Niantic to reverse the move.
In this video, ZyoniK makes many good arguments, including how a business is expected to endure a certain degree of trust in order to retain a healthy connection with its user base, which the majority agrees with.
Taking away this trust has a detrimental impact not just on the player base but also on the business. The fact that this adjustment occurred abruptly and without warning from Niantic is what made this problem worse than the nerf itself.
Finally, on June 9, 2021, Niantic broke their quiet and posted an official message to their Season 8 GO Battle League page, stating:
“Trainers, we have raised the GO Battle League Stardust prizes to match the amount given at the conclusion of Season 7. The original decrease was an error, and we regret any difficulty it caused.
To make up for the lost Stardust in the first week of the season, we’re boosting the end-of-season Stardust prizes to double what they were in Season 7. We’d like to thank the GO Battle League community for catching this mistake and alerting us to it so quickly.”
This was a significant win for the PvP community, demonstrating that our efforts actually have an effect on the game. This mistake was caused by an oversight, according to the update article.
Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with their reasoning, we will be awarded twice the amount of Stardust provided at the conclusion of the season as recompense for this error.
The quantity of Stardust you get at the conclusion of Season 8 is determined by your greatest rank throughout this season.
That being said, don’t forget to utilize a Star Piece at the conclusion of the season to earn an extra 50% more Stardust on top of Niantic’s bonus amount; that’s a lot of dust!
The fact that we as a community were able to express our concerns and have this problem resolved is a step in the right direction in terms of company/player base interactions.
If there’s one thing I took away from Niantic’s formal statement, it’s that they apologized. Many Trainers requested a short apology, which they provided to us.
Although it is just a word, it is a method for the business to acknowledge their error, which is fantastic to see.
We can only hope that mistakes like these aren’t frequent. However, I believe their reaction was fair and the reimbursement was enough.
We would be delighted to hear from you. Do you believe this is enough restitution for the self-admitted blunder? Tell us in the comments.
Until next time, be safe and have a great hunt!