Etika mural PokéStop Pokémon GO Pokemon GO PokeStop

As long as people have hearts and memories to keep people alive, no one is ever gone. And if you’re especially beloved, maybe someone will make a giant mural out of your face. That happened last November with beloved YouTuber Etika, who tragically took his own life in June of last year. The outpouring of grief over his death and also celebration over his accomplishments was easily felt, including the aforementioned mural, which may be found in Brooklyn, NY. Now, that Etika mural is an officially recognized PokéStop in Niantic’s Pokémon GO, as one Twitter user discovered.

The inclusion of the Etika mural as a PokéStop in Pokémon GO isn’t just a nice gesture for someone who has passed on. Etika was known for his enthusiasm for Nintendo and for referring to his fans as “JoyCon Boyz,” and so linking him with Pokémon GO just feels right.

If you need more feel-good news in your life today, then be sure to check out the story of Nintendo sending a 95-year-old Japanese woman a new Game Boy after her old one broke. Or if you just want to feel wistful, read our feature about how Miis have quietly… just… gone away in the modern world of Nintendo Switch.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!


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