Over the past week, you may have seen more people than usual walking erratically, stopping suddenly, all while clutching a smartphone. They were probably playing Pokémon Go, the game that raised a big wodge of cash last year, launched on Wednesday, and has gone comprehensively viral in the meantime.
The Facebook event for a San Francisco Pokémon Go crawl on Wednesday has 3,600 people confirmed in attendance, with another 18k ‘interested’ in the event.
“Saw a crawl for Sacramento and thought hey, what better place than a crawl in San Francisco,” writes the organizer of the Facebook event, Sara Witsch who, according to her Facebook profile, is a theatre student at SFSU.
The group came to life with suggestions of dressing up as your favorite Pokémon for the crawl. The event is set to start as a stroll through the city, before culminating in a bar crawl. It’ll be one hell of an overspill at even the biggest bars, however, if even a fraction of the respondents turn up.
I reached out both to SFPD and the event’s organizer for a comment, and will update the story when I get a reply.