Pokemon Go event provides safe environment for fans

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 06:11:52-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The app wants you to catch 'em all, but the app itself has ended up catching the attention of so many. Pokemon Go mania filling Centennial Park Sunday afternoon.

"We are having this Pokemon Go Picnic and I was really anticipating a small gathering. But the Facebook event page said 50 people plan on coming today and an additional 1000 people are interested in coming," said Jesi Cason, the event organizer.

But, Cason wasn't the only one surprised by the turnout. "Pokemon was always a big thing and I knew something like this would get people. Well, maybe not to this scale," said Victor Bermudez.

Pokemon Go fever is contagious. Groups of players walking around the park searching far and wide for Pokemon, but doing so in the safety of groups.

"It's fun to see a game that's not trying to keep you inside and instead, trying to get you to make friends because it's going to help you win," said Jorge Klores.

The more people that congregate in one area, the more Pokemon that appear. But, with an event of this scale it also ended up showing the strength of safety in numbers.

"I don't anticipate anyone getting robbed here and we are not right next to the roads as much so we are probably not going to be stepping into traffic," said Cason.

The success of the event encouraged Cason and company to try and organize more Pokemon Go gatherings to provide app users a safe environment to play.