Looking for Pokemon Go players? You'll find them at Hot Topic and Red Robin

Looking for Pokemon Go players? You'll find them at Hot Topic and Red Robin
Location analytics firm Placed took the pulse of the Pokemon Go playing world to find out where Pokemon trainers are eating, drinking and shopping. The results? Hot Topic is the top retailer for those who have Squirtle on their mind. Considering the demographics of your typical Hot Topic customer, this is not a surprising result.

Hot Topic garnered 175 points with supermarket chain Fred Meyer, lingerie experts Victoria Secret and Express finishing second through fourth with scores of 137, 136 and 135, respectively. The top restaurant is Red Robin, which beat out runner-up Buffalo Wild Wings 144 to 138. Ice cream scooper Cold Stone was third followed by Steak-N-Shake and In-N-Out Burger.

If for some reason the idea of catching Pokemon disturbs you to the point that your blood boils whenever you see someone playing the game, we have a list of retail locations where you are least likely to find a Pokemon Go player. Supermarket chains Food Lion and Publix top that list with Cracker Barrel in third. Most customers that frequent those stores couldn't tell a Caterpie from a Pizzapie.

Some stores are actually catering to Pokemon Go players by advertising that a lure has been dropped inside the store. That attracts wild Pokemon, which in turn attracts Pokemon trainers. The game has been downloaded globally 30 million times and has brought in $35 million in revenue so far. Already considered the most popular smartphone game in U.S. history, Pokemon Go was launched just two weeks ago.

source: Placed via TechCrunch



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So this game was made to persuade gamers to visit those real-world restaurants and shops, thereby bringing a rise in revenues for those shops, and the Pokemon developer takes a share from them shops and restaurants' increased profit, huh? It's similar to some mobile games: refer the game to a friend and earn a coin. Pokemon Go sends it's players to those aforementioned businesse and earn royalties from them! This explains why Nitendo's market value has doubbled since the Pokemon Go launching.

7. Azonx8472

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Ill have to disagree with that whole statement, Ive played Ingress since beta, and all the portals that us players visit are mostly user submitted, apart from the already implemented historical landmarks, post offices, fire stations, and other governmental buildings. All of these portals are what you are seeing here in Pokemon GO with Pokestops. Niantic is using the same data from Ingress with Pokemon GO. They dont send or persuade players to visit retail stores since Ingress' portals were only strictly historical landmarks. The first and only time you will see promoted Pokestops is the possible including of McDonalds when they add them, because they see an opportunity with Pokemon GO, and this will be a win-win for both parties with these promoted Pokestops. This isnt the conspiracy theory you are portraying.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I was never interested in pokemon, never saw a cartoon, nor played any version of it's games, I have no idea what the background story is or what is the point of it all. I did not install Pokemon Go, nor interested to install it. I have no disdain to those that enjoy it, fans of the whole thing, and I mean nothing derogatory toward them, but... I found my own entertainment from the Pokemon GO craze: I capture photos and videos of players on the streets..My first one was a mid-teen years teenager running in his flip flops (flip-flop-flip-flop) down the street that I'm remodeling a house at, he runs watching his screen the entire time, then suddenly stops, taps his phone, changes direction a little, and few minutes later flip-flops back up the street. I captured a video of the event, and decided from no on I'm gonna have my own Pokemon GO fun... this is now my new hobby... So far, I only got this guy.... I might have seen more, but without ever even seeing the game, I'm not sure exactly how to spot them.... other then the obvious description above... FWIW....

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You need to publish a site for people to upload images/videos of people playing Pokemon Go, sorta like the people of walmart site. I have yet to witness this, but I was told that a park in town is overcrowded every evening of people playing Pokemon Go... like Disneyland crowded. I would love to see it for myself to be honest.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0GmiLUCrxUI And I thought a zombie apocalypse was something that would never happen. Disclaimer: if you enjoy Pokemon GO, I mean no disrespect, but you gotto admit -this is nuts!

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude! That's nuts! You'll appreciate this one as well. http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/15/pokemon-go-rare-catch-central-park Zombie Apocalypse indeed.

8. Azonx8472

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Thats kinda creepy imo. I wouldnt want some one secretly filming me walking in a park and posting it on youtube. Should atleast get consent before you do this.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Man I love hot topic. Next time I'm there I'll see if this proves true. And Victoria Secret is on the list, must be all the bored boyfriends and husbands that get dragged in there XD

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