This week, the Urban Institute released a report on the equitable distribution of resources or lack thereof in Pokémon Go. As it turns out, in Pok—don’t laugh! It’s a thing! The most interesting thing about playing Pokémon Go is where you play Pokémon Go.
There is a disparity between neighborhoods when it comes to the location-based features that make Pokémon Go work. Depending on where you live or spend your free playing time, the game is either break-the-internet stimulating or kind of meh and potentially even expensive. The report, which focuses on Washington, D.C., finds that there are more “portals”—Gyms and Pokéstops, for the initiated—in whiter, more affluent neighborhoods than in blacker, less affluent neighborhoods.