Last year, following the passing of YouTube star Desmond “Etika” Amofah, fans got together and painted a 40-foot mural in Brooklyn in his honour. And now, after lobbying Niantic, the mural is a bonafide PokéStop in Pokémon Go.
As upstart young Vice reporter Gita Jackson writes, the idea was first raised back in November by Reversal, a fan of Etika’s from the Netherlands. Then, when developers Niantic opened up their Wayfarer Program – where players at level 40 or above could suggest PokéStops – the push really took off.
Now, as of this week, Etika’s memorial is officially a PokéStop, complete with description “Remembering the passing of Etika, JoyconBoyz forever” (Etika’s fans are known as JoyconBoyz).
GUYS!!! ?THE ETIKA MURAL IS IN POKÉMON GO!!!!
I'M LITERALLY HOLDING BACK TEARS!!! THANK YOU @REVERSALx7!!! He campaigned to the NYC Pokémon Go community to make this happen and I'm so happy and grateful!! Go visit and nab those rewards!!! @PokemonGoApp #JOYCONBOYZFOREVER ?? pic.twitter.com/spOOarCQb4
– Alice ?RIP Desmond?@PAX East!? (@TheAlicePika) February 25, 2020
If you happen to be heading to New York and want to go check it out, the mural is located at 1280 Myrtle Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn.