Niantic has done some really weird stuff with Pokemon Go in the past. From the random changes that we’re made to the finder for nearby Pokemon, to the extremely poorly planned event in Chicago, Niantic has definitely had their fair share of odd behavior. With Mewtwo coming to the game in EX Raids, Niantic might have made the strangest decision yet, and I’m pretty upset about it.
Basically, Mewtwo is brought to you by Sprint stores. As odd as that may sound, it is completely accurate. In the United States, the first round of EX Raid invites can only be obtained by going to a nearby Sprint store. If you’re wondering why this is the case, don’t worry. You’re definitely not alone and there are many people scratching their heads at Niantic’s decision for these new Raid Battles.
If it makes you feel any better at all, Japan is currently going through the same procedure. Although it isn’t necessarily related to Sprint stores in Japan, the same tactic is being implemented where players can only obtain passes by going to sponsored Pokemon Gyms. This has caused many problems for Sprint stores, whether it’s overcrowded parking lots or managers leaving the store to take care of people loitering. There have even been reports of Sprint workers leaving their responsibilities to go outside and join in on the Raid Battle opportunities. A lot of people are extremely aggravated with this approach by Niantic, but at this point there is not a whole heck of a lot that we can do about it.