On May 12, 2023, Niantic, the company behind the popular mobile game Pokemon Go, announced the end of its year-long partnership with The Silph Road, a fan-run website that provided a variety of resources and tools for the game’s players. As a result of this announcement, The Silph Road declared that it would be shutting down its website sometime on or before August 1, 2023.
The announcement of The Silph Road’s closure has brought together fans of Pokemon Go who are mourning the loss of the website and expressing their condolences to the staff. The Silph Road made posts on its social media accounts for Twitter and Reddit, which received an outpouring of support from the community.
Praise and Support from the Community
On Twitter, prominent fan communities such as Leek Duck and Pokemon Go Stadium praised The Silph Road for its long and committed history. On Reddit, The Silph Road’s post about its closure garnered nearly 1,000 comments from fans expressing their gratitude and thanking the staff for their hard work over the years.
One fan on Reddit said, “Hard to know what to say. The Silph Road has been an invaluable resource for so many of us over the last 7 years. It’s been quite a ride. Thanks for everything! And good luck to all of you in your future endeavors.”
Another fan lamented the fact that The Silph Road’s closure would be a big hit to the Pokemon Go community as a whole, saying, “[The Silph Road] was THE resource for finding a local community for someone who couldn’t find anyone in their area through your Local Communities map… You will truly be missed by countless people the world over, and not just by those who still play the game.”
Future of the Pokemon Go Community
It is unclear how The Silph Road’s closure will affect the future of the Pokemon Go community, but it is evident that the loss of the website will be felt by many fans going forward.
The closure of The Silph Road marks the end of an era for the Pokemon Go community, and fans are taking the time to reflect on the website’s impact and legacy. Despite the sadness surrounding the news, the community is coming together to support each other during this difficult time.